Jun 24, 2016 12:01 PM EDT | Alison Durkee (email@example.com)
There's no question that Hamilton is the most in-demand show on Broadway-and with resale tickets averaging $1,984, it has the prohibitive prices to prove it. For those who want to stretch their Broadway budget, here are five shows that you can see for the price of Hamilton's cheapest resale tickets, which are clocking in around $800-$1,000, according to TiqIQ.
Hamilton has been praised for its commitment to diversity. But before there was Hamilton, there was Shuffle Along, the groundbreaking 1921 all-black musical that ushered in such musical theater innovations as a dancing chorus and syncopated music. Learn about this history-making show at the current production of Shuffle Along, which brings together a cast of Tony-winning stars to tell the story of the musical's creation and aftermath. With resale tickets averaging $217 (cheapest $105-$135), this is a much more cost-effective history lesson than Hamilton's historical tale. The cheapest tickets for Shuffle Along can be purchased directly through Telecharge, where tickets range from just $69-$169. Although Shuffle Along earned zero awards from its 10 nominations at the Tony Awards on June 12, the production saw a slight increase in gross revenue following the show. According to Telecharge, in the week ending June 19, Shuffle Along saw an increase in gross revenue just under $1,000.
A more recent groundbreaking show is Fun Home, the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel, which tells the emotional story of a homosexual woman and her family relationships. Broadway fans are encouraged to catch this beautiful show before it closes on September 10. Fun Home tickets range from just $49-$75 from the box office.
Of course, for as innovative as Hamilton is, the show also owes a lot to the classic musicals that came before. One of these shows is the iconic 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof, which is now back on the Great White Way at the Broadway Theatre. Tickets for this revival start for as low as $35 directly through Telecharge. Resale tickets are a bit pricier, and average $174.
But Broadway is more than just musicals. Add a play to your roster and see Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson take on 40 different characters in Fully Committed, which is currently running on Broadway through July 31. The one-man show goes behind the scenes of the reservations line at a high-end New York restaurant, resulting in a hilarious tour de force that you can see for under $50. Tickets for Fully Committed range from $45-$147 and can be purchased straight from the box office.
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