How Broadway Bridges® Works
Broadway Bridges offers New York City DOE high schools $10 tickets to select weeknight and matinee performances of participating productions from October through November and late January through mid-March. There is a limit to the number of $10 tickets available for each performance, and the tickets are earmarked for tenth graders and their chaperones.
Can any school buy Broadway Bridges tickets?
Only New York City DOE high schools are eligible for Broadway Bridges tickets. If your school is a public, non-DOE high school in New York City and you would like to participate in Broadway Bridges, please contact Robin Aronson at email@example.com.
Which shows can we see?
Participating productions are listed on our “Shows” page.
How do I find out the dates for the shows listed?
To view dates and the number of available tickets, you must have a password, which would be assigned after you register with Broadway Bridges. A full-time teacher, social worker or administrator from a New York City public high school may fill out the simple Broadway Bridges application (click here for it). Within three days of submitting your registration form, you will receive a temporary password with which you can log into the site. If you or your school is not eligible to participate, you will be notified promptly.
Who is eligible to register with Broadway Bridges?
Full-time teachers and administrators in New York City public, DOE high schools may register with the program. Assistant teachers, para-professionals or part-time teachers are not eligible to register with the program.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets cost $10 each for both students and chaperones.
How many tickets may we purchase?
We ask schools to bring a minimum group of 30, including chaperones, but you may bring a smaller group if that is better for your school community.
There is no maximum number of tickets you may purchase. If 100 tickets are available to a performance, and you want them all, you may buy them all as long as they are used for tenth graders and their chaperones.
You may also buy tickets to multiple performances as long as students themselves see only one of the productions.
- If you would like to bring several different groups of students to shows, you must submit separate requests for each group.
Keep in mind that Broadway producers offer tickets that typically sell for anywhere from $40 to $160 each for just $20 to Broadway Bridges, which then subsidizes each ticket so schools can purchase them for $10 each. Because these tickets are so heavily subsidized, there is a limited number available to each performance. If a total of 30 tickets is listed as available for a Tuesday evening performance, then we only have 30 tickets. Do not ask for 45 tickets to a performance where we list 30 as the number of tickets we have to offer schools.
Can we purchase Broadway Bridges tickets to any performance any time of year?
Blocks of tickets will be available for evening performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and matinees on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Broadway Bridges has two ticketing cycles, one in the fall and one in the winter.
- Fall cycle tickets will be for performances scheduled from October through November (with a few exceptions). They will go on sale in late August.
- Winter cycle tickets will be for performances scheduled from late January (post-regents) through mid-March. They will go on sale in late November/early December.
Can we attend performances during the fall and winter cycles?
In order to reach as many students as possible, we ask schools to bring students either during the fall or winter cycle. We also ask that schools attend a show during the same cycle each school year. If you brought students to Broadway during the fall 2018 cycle, your next trip would be in the fall 2019 cycle.
Do I really have to list three choices for shows I want to bring my students to?
Yes, you do. While we make every effort to ensure schools get their first or second choice of show and date/time, we have to match schools and shows/times utilizing every available ticket and everyone doesn’t always get first choice of show and date/time. If you don’t have three choices listed, it’s possible you won’t have the chance to purchase any tickets in a particular cycle.
Will we receive paper or electronic tickets?
Broadway Bridges tickets are all paper.
When and where do we get our tickets?
You will pick up your tickets on the afternoon or evening of the confirmed performance at the Will Call box office window in the theatre’s lobby. Plan on arriving at least a half hour before the show is scheduled to begin to pick up your tickets, distribute them, and go through standard security.
I’m a tenth grader-can I get tickets myself?
Only schools can purchase Broadway Bridges® tickets. We encourage you to tell a teacher and/or your principal about the program and ask them to sign up.
If you love live theatre, we encourage you to become a member of Theatre Development Fund (www.tdf.org). Membership is free for students and as a member, you can purchase discounted tickets ($9-$47) to a wide range of performing arts events in New York City, including Broadway shows. Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Club also have programs for students. Most productions have student rush tickets available and lotteries for any given performance, which are significantly discounted tickets.
Attending a Show
When should we arrive at the theatre?
Plan on arriving at least a half hour before the show begins. This will give you time to go through security, get and distribute tickets, and go to the bathroom.
Can we take pictures/videos?
You can take pictures/videos before and after a performance and during intermission. You cannot take any pictures/videos during the performance – not of yourself, your friends, and especially not of the performers.
Do we really have to turn off phones during the show?
Yes. You won’t need your phone anyway because you should not text, email, snap chat or use any social/interactive media during the show. Before, after, during intermission, that’s all fine, but not during the performance. It’s distracting to everyone around you and the actors. And, you yourself will get less from the experience of live theatre if you’re looking at a device when there’s all kinds of drama happening on the stage in front of you.
Can I eat during the show?
No. Theatres sell snacks, which you’re welcome to eat before the show and during intermission. But, when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, your attention should be on the stage, and opening candy wrappers or snacking on chips will distract you and those around you.
What should we wear?
You can whatever you like to a Broadway show. Some people like to dress up, because it is a special experience, others come in jeans. Wear clothing that makes you feel good.
Stay quiet and focused on the stage:
If you start to talk, not only can the people around you hear whatever you may be saying to your neighbor, but the performers can hear you, too, and they will be distracted. Plus, if you’re focused on a conversation with your neighbor, you’re not paying attention to the play. Of course, sometimes talk happens, and when it does, keep in mind that loud shushing can be just as distracting as conversation.
Remain in your seat:
Once the show begins, you shouldn’t get up from your seat unless it’s a real emergency.