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New York is a great place for entertainment

The last time we were in New York City, we went to the August Wilson Theater on 52nd Street and saw Jersey Boys. It was wonderful – so wonderful that I recommend it to anyone who is visiting New York anytime in the future. It is one of those shows where you are so involved in the story and the music, you don’t even realize you are singing along and swaying in your seat until you look around and see the entire audience is doing the same thing.

I have been to a number of shows in New York; whenever I am in the area, a show is on my itinerary. I have bought tickets online, but if you can be a little flexible about what show you want to see and when you want to go to the theater, you can get some great deals on the most popular shows.

If you want to have tickets in hand when you arrive in the Big Apple, try checking the Web site of the show you want to see. Be careful about ordering tickets from just any Web site offering a deal because some of them are just a sham. The authentic sites often have specials and may send newsletters ou­t about offers, so sign up for those. The folks who make those Playbill programs you get at a Broadway show also have a Web site where they often list discounted tickets for shows (www.playbill.com). You can trust Theatermania; this site (www.theatermania.com) is known to be reputable.

If you can wait until you are in the city for your tickets, you are really in luck because you can get some great deals at the TKTS discount booths. There are three of them in the city – in Times Square, downtown Brooklyn and at South Street Seaport – so head to the one closest to where you are staying. Keep in mind that matinee tickets are only sold the day before the show and only at the Brooklyn and South Street Seaport locations. It would simply be too difficult to buy a ticket at that same time for a performance that afternoon – you might not even make it to the theater!

However, you can buy tickets for evening performances at all three locations. Be sure to go early (check the hours for each booth online), take water and try not to go alone in case you need to leave for a bathroom break. All the booths take credit cards, cash and traveler’s checks, although some off-Broadway shows do require cash; plan accordingly.

If you want to have dinner at a nice restaurant before the show, I strongly suggest you make reservations because there will be plenty of other people with the same idea. Plan lots of time for dinner and your walk or taxi ride to the theater because you certainly don’t want to be late. Now, enjoy the show!

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