One of New York City’s biggest attractions remains to be the stages of Broadway. The city is known for its multiple theatrical offerings, and if you’ve never been to a show, let us be the first to tell you that you’re absolutely missing out. Broadway shows are exactly what you hear about them—they’re just great. The good thing is you’ll never get a shortage on choices, but not all Broadway shows are created equal. There are shows better and hotter than others, which in translation means that they’re more expensive as well. As a matter of fact, you can pretty much guarantee to spend a few hundred dollars if you’re looking for great seats to see a great Broadway show. Here are the top five most expensive Broadway shows you can see right now, and honestly, we recommend you see them all:
5. Frozen – St. James Theater – $145.50 each
The Frozen mania has not ended yet; it actually just moved on to the Broadway stage. At $145.50 for Mezzanine seats, these are actually not that bad. Most of us are already familiar with the Frozen story, having the songs sung and videos played over and over and over again everywhere within the last couple of years. Be that as it may, this is still a great show to watch; and given that the songs are so catchy, you’ll be singing along before you know it.
4. Wicked – Gershwin Theater – $149.00 each
Just slightly higher than the Frozen price, it’s no surprise that Wicked can still charge this much even though they’ve been on for so long. This show still remains to be one of the most in-demand shows in Broadway, and given its longevity, you can pretty much be assured that it’s a great show. Wicked is another familiar story of the Wicked Witch of the West, and if you’re a Broadway virgin, this one is a great show to get started with. If you can afford to buy premium orchestra seats for $252 each, your viewing experience will be even better.
3. The Lion King – Minskoff Theatre – $199.00 each
Here’s another longstanding musical that you should definitely see at least once in your lifetime. We’re all familiar with the story of The Lion King because of Disney, but the Broadway experience is much, much different. You’ll be impressed with it all—from the costumes, to the music, to the set design. It’s quite an experience to say the least. That justifies the price tag of almost $200 each. Just remember that if you’re bringing the little ones along, you’re paying full price for those as well. So if you have a family of five, you’re going to spend more than $1000 on tickets. Consider that a vacation in itself, but we’d have to say that it’s absolutely worth it.
2. Hamilton – Richard Rodgers Theatre – $199.00 each
Hamilton is a little tricky because the show is practically almost always sold out. If you want to pay for premium seats, you’ll be paying for over $800 per ticket. The $199 price tag you’re seeing here is the lottery ticket price, which will give you average seats. It’s definitely not bad. But the chances of you winning one of the 1,075 seats are slim considering the entire world is trying to see this show on Broadway. Best of luck to you. Very few of us can fork out the $800 premium seating, but anywhere you sit on this theater, you’re guaranteed an excellent show.
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – $330.00 each for Parts One and Two
Leave it to Harry Potter to have a two-part show. We love it, of course, but our wallets don’t. You’re going to have to see both parts, anyway, so there really is no point shelling out the $165 per ticket. You might as well buy them both and watch both shows consecutively. That will cost you $330 per ticket for standard seating. If you want to go premium, you’ll basically be doubling that at $650 for both parts. It’s the hottest and latest show on Broadway right now, so expect the prices to go down after some time. But by the time that happens, there’s probably going to be another Harry Potter show to watch, so time yourself wisely. Part of the excitement of Broadway is seeing what’s the latest on the ticker, and the latest one these days just happens to be one of the biggest franchises that’s ever been produced.