It’s Been a Winter of Culture Overload – On Discounted Tickets

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We have been on the town this winter! NYC Boomers inspired us to test the various discount ticket options and the results are in — you can go out every night of the week without breaking the bank.  My husband and I have settled into a routine of one big event a week and have seen more shows on Broadway and more operas at the Met (seven at the latest count!) this winter than ever before — on discounted tickets, of course, none costing more than $45. Even more amazing, all of these tickets have been for orchestra seats.

You can still score bargain-priced tickets to some of the Tony-nominated shows that are still running, and many other great shows.  Just keep on checking NYC Boomers recommended discount sites and theater clubs. Here are some of our favorites from this season.

Tony-nominated shows:

Fun Home – overall a great, thought-provoking show that both my husband and I loved. Amazing performances all around, particularly memorable was Sydney Lucas, the 11-year old third lead.
Wolf Hall – we’ve seen Part 1 so far and liked it a lot, but we would probably have enjoyed it even more if we had brushed up on Cromwell, Henry VIII and the others before the show. Now we’re on the lookout for discount tickets for Part 2.
On the Town – a fun revival, with wonderful dancing.
The Heidi Chronicles – I saw this play with a 30-something friend and her mom. We all thought that the play was still relevant for today’s young women. Closing May 3.
The Last Ship – my husband liked The Last Ship more than I did.  It was a very high testosterone show. Closed
It’s Only a Play – we did not see this with Nathan Lane, but still had an entertaining evening.

Other favorite shows on Broadway with discounts available:

It Shoulda Been You – much better than some of the reviews implied.
Honeymoon in Vegas – many laughs, much silliness.

Metropolitan Opera favorites:

After years of listening to the Metropolitan opera broadcasts on Saturday afternoons on NPR,  NYC Boomers  taught me how to get $25 Rush Tickets on the day of the performance to live performances at the Met.  It has been a wonderful season, with many memorable evenings.

You could still try for these deeply discounted Rush orchestra seats for the two of Met’s end-of-season gems that both my husband and I loved, and others.

The Merry Widow – this showy operetta with many familiar arias has returned for a few performances with a new cast.
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci – new staging and wonderful performances.


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Seija Goldstein

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Seija Goldstein has lived in New York City for 40 years and has no intention of ever leaving. After working full time in media and raising two wonderful children, she is now planning to sample everything that her favorite city has to offer. She will be reporting her experiences on this blog and inviting other New York City Boomers to join in the adventure.

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