Sure, you could pay $100+ for a NYC theater ticket. Or, you could spend $20 less to see a show, including Off-Broadway, ballet, comedy and concerts. Here are four shows to see this holiday season for $20 or less, so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap:
Ballet Hispanico: This A storied dance troupe has captivated more than three million people on three continents with its rich catalogue of more than 100 works. See the premiere of Beautiful, Also, is the Sun, a full-length work by theatrical young Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo. This homage to Melo’s native country includes an exciting medley of electronic and acoustic Brazilian music. Performing at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. Get discount tickets here.
Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour: Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, this is New York City’s own resident circus. Planes, trains, automobiles and ships are the backdrop for breathtaking acts of wonder, accompanied by the seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band and more magic and more animals than ever before. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas — as well as domestic and rescue animals — will amuse and captivate you with performances that leave you smiling and cheering for more. Get tickets for $12 and up.
Hip Hop Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky’s ballet masterpiece The Nutcracker gets a hip-hop remix from all-star dancers, DJ Boo and legendary MC Kurtis Blow. Get discount tickets for this unusual and updated version of the holiday classic. Pirouettes are replaced with popping, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score gets a modern mash-up with an electric violinist and DJ. The evening-length show celebrates love, family and the magic of Christmas Eve. Plus, the entire magical story is set in a contemporary urban setting, which may or may not be New York City. There are two performances only in New York City, Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21. Tickets are $12.50 to $35, half off the walk-up price.
Americana Thanksgiving: Spend Thanksgiving weekend at Carnegie Hall at this special concert of choral classics honoring some of America’s greatest composers. The National Festival Chorus performs a patriotic selection of works by American composers, including Stephen Paulus, Z. Randall Stroope and René Clausen, along with a rousing performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” conducted by Joshua Oppenheim and Julie Yu. The festive concert will also feature works by other American composers performed by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music & the Arts Wind Orchestra and the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble. Tickets are just $7.