Sure you could spend a couple of hundred bucks for a theater ticket in NYC, but why do that when there are so many Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows, concerts and dance performances for $20 or less. Here are the top cheap tickets of the week, including some that are so cheap they are FREE, including family-friendly shows.
The Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series returns for the fall series this weekend features with three short plays, one of which is The Pharm Awards, about Big Pharma and big money behind big drug advertising campaigns. The plot centers on Julie LaHope, a celebrity TV anchor, who tries to grab interviews with stars of pharmaceutical commercials as they arrive at the Oscars of pharmaceutical advertising. Speculation as to what drug will come out on top has everyone on edge. Tickets are $10 for performances at TADA! Theater in Chelsea, also including “AmAmA ( A marvel, A miracle, America!),” and “Period 5,”.
Pelleas & Mellisande – Take the kids, or just yourself, to the Swedish Cottage Marrionette Theatre in Central Park for a musical version of this classic plays, starring puppets, not people. This weekend only, general admission tickets are $15 to $20. Or pay just $10 with the discount code CPF10 from the City Parks Foundation.
A Raisin in the Sun – The first Broadway play written by an African-American woman, this is a classic masterpiece credited with changing American theater forever. First produced in 1959 and adapted two years later into a now-classic film starring Sidney Poitier, this searing look at dreams that live or perhaps die remains as powerful today as it was 50 years ago. The story follows the Youngers, an African-American family attempting to move from a crowded two-bedroom apartment into a “white” neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. But a new house is just one of the Youngers’ many dreams. Three generations each yearn for different versions of a better life — whether it’s a business, or a spouse, or the right to live with long-denied dignity. At the Harlem Repertory Theater, tickets are $7.50 to $5 for dates in October including this weekend.
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Fake news got you down? Real news making you crazy? No one in the news is safe in this hit show, now in its sixth smash year and the winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical. Composer-lyricist Rick Crom’s topical musical comedy tackles all the news that’s fit to spoof. From politicians to celebrities, scandals to trends, headlines to gossip, songs and material is constantly updated to stay up-to-the-minute. See why The Associated Press described NEWSical the Musical as “The Daily Show set to music.” Get COMP tickets here for dates in October.
The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali – With roots in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, this group pays tribute to the rich heritage carried forward by Garifuna women. Evocative melodies and powerful call-and-response songs are backed by traditional Garifuna drums, maracas, turtle shells, acoustic and electric guitars, and bass. The group tells its stories through music, dance, and traditional dress, demonstrating why UNESCO officially proclaimed the language a cultural treasure. Tickets are $16, or $10 for students and include a pre-show drum workshop (a limited number of drums will be available). 7pm Friday, Oct. 6, at Flushing Town Hall.
Full disclosure – The Pharm Awards is written by Kate McLeod, a longtime friend and fellow journalist, and fellow member of IMPA, the International Motor Press Assn.