TicketMaster is the official ticket seller for Wicked. You can get tickets for face value at www.ticketmaster.com, but they’re usually sold out about 8 months in advance. So if you can plan in July to attend a show in February, congratulations! If your life isn’t quite that predictable or you just don’t want to wait, you’re going to need to find another source.
According to the show’s official site:
“A day-of-performance lottery for $25 front-row seats will be held daily… at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre. Each day, 2½ hours prior to show time… people who present themselves at the Gershwin Theatre box office will have their names placed in a hat. 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for 28 front-row seats at $25 each. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person, cash only. Photo-ID required.”
This is a great option if you live in the city and it’s easy to pop by the theatre in the morning to drop your name in a hat. If, however, you’re coming from out of town and you’d like to be certain you’re going to actually see the show, don’t count on the lottery.
I buy almost all my tickets these days from http://supercheaptickets.org/ They’re a “ticket broker”, which basically means they buy tickets from the box office and then resell them for whatever people will pay for them. I used to chafe at the thought of paying $250 for a $110 ticket, but I have to say, the convenience of being able to choose front row seats from among dozens of available options, the day before the show is totally worth the extra cost. Of all the brokers, supercheaptickets has the best customer service and the (relatively) lowest prices.
If you’re a bargain hunter and a risk taker, you might want to check out www.craigslist.org This is a local free classified ad service, basically, and people are always trying to sell off their extra tickets here. The problem is, you’re basically buying from some guy you don’t know instead of an actual reselling company. That makes me nervous so I never actually buy anything on Craigslist, but I guess some people must.
People love E-Bay. I use it to buy stuff I can’t find anywhere else, like toys that haven’t been made since 1982, or custom-printed candy bar wrappers for a birthday party. However, if I’m shopping for something as expensive as a ticket that can easily be found by a more trusted seller that solely in the business of tickets, I’d rather go as close to the source as I can get. Plus I HATE being outbid. It’s so frustrating. Still, it’s worth taking a look to see if you can find a great deal at www.ebay.com.