Broadway Week Coming Up

Broadway Week is arriving at the perfect time.  After Hurricane Irene forced New York City's theaters to go dark for two days during the weekend, here comes a great incentive to buy some tickets.  What's Broadway Week, you ask?  It's sort of like Restaurant Week, that great promotion in which local eateries offer special discounts to entice hungry customers to check them out.  From September 18 through September 30, 2011, Broadway Week offers two-for-one tickets to some of the Great White Way's best shows.  (Yes, I know, technically it's two weeks, but the plural Broadway Weeks isn't as catchy sounding.)

I've complained about the high cost of Broadway theater tickets, so this is a great bargain.  Performers want the whole world to see their shows, but theater is live with limited seats, so each empty seat is heartbreaking.  Everyone wants to perform to packed, enthusiastic houses.  If you've never been to Broadway, this is a great opportunity to give it a try.  Also, if you're a frequent theatergoer but always on a budget, this is a good chance to upgrade to better seats that you might otherwise shy away from. 

Some of the shows participating in Broadway Week are: The Addams Family, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Chicago: The Musical, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Man and Boy, Mary Poppins, Memphis, The Mountaintop, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Relatively Speaking, Rock of Ages, Sister Act, and Wicked. (Certain restrictions apply depending on the show, so read the details.)

For details about Broadway Week, check out's Web site.  The discounted tickets go on sale September 5.  There's also a pre-sale if you're an AARP member.