Best Bets for Under $50

Show-Score | By Raven Snook

Tickets to these popular shows are always under 50 bucks!

One look at regular Broadway prices and you may worry that you'll need to cash in your 401K in order to afford a night out at the theater. While there are certainly discounts, lotteries, and rush tickets floating around, you want a sure thing. We get it. Luckily, there are lots of wonderful, well-reviewed, and highly scored productions off the beaten Broadway track that save you big bucks without skimping on entertainment. Every show below sells tickets for $50 or less to every single performance. There's no catchthey're not partial view, or just for students, or only when there's a blizzard. And while these productions generally take place at smaller theaters, there are often big names involved. Our current crop includes a hilarious 'Harry Potter' parody ('Puffs') and a stage adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz.'

Ends Feb 26

Broken Bone Bathtub

Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Clever, Thought-provoking
6 reviews
9 reviews

Solo artist Siobhan O'Loughlin returns to NYC with an immersive theater experience that explores themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, and connection.... Read more

'Broken Bone Bathtub' is an award-winning, immersive, one-person play set inside a bathtub in an actual bathroom. After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and share her story. The audience members (of four to eight people at a time) take on the role of her close friends, listening and sharing their own experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in taking a real bath. 'Broken Bone Bathtub' takes place in different homes throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Audiences are encouraged to choose their tickets based on availability and neighborhood. Once a ticket has been purchased for a performance, the exact location will be provided.


Ends May 20

In The Heights (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Original, Delightful, Great writing
0 reviews
517 reviews

Harlem Repertory Theatre revives Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical in an intimate and expressionistic new production. ... Read more

In the neighborhood of Washington Heights, Usnavi is a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, and pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon. He dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, his childhood friend, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.


New Victory Theater presents this riotous performance of hypnotic juggling from the three-man troupe Plastic Boom.... Read more

The jugglers of 'Water on Mars' hit the stage flinging rings, balls, and clubs in hypnotic streaks of glowing neon. Striving to one-up themselves with every act, these pros keep rhythm with an electro-pop soundtrack as they add bottles of water, bags of candy, and rolls of toilet paper to the list of airborne objects.


Potter changed the world forever. The Puffs were also there. 'Puffs" gives you a front-row seat to the sidelines of the world’s most famous magical journey.... Read more

Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. 'Puffs' is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers. Wayne Hopkins, a boy from New Mexico, finds out he's a wizard. Upon arrival at a certain school of magic, he's placed into the Puffs: a group of well meaning, loyal rejects. Over seven increasingly eventful years, he'll learn magic, get out of the shadow of his world-famous nemesis, and try not to get hurt in what is actually a very dangerous place for unsupervised children. This Off-Broadway comedy transferred from its initial hit run at the People's Improv Theater.


Ends Mar 30

Off the Top

Members say: Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Sexy, Quirky
5 reviews
1 review

Intellectual rapper Baba Brinkman and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin explore the brain basis of improvisation and humor in this live comedy show featuring cutting-edge research and freestyle rhymes.... Read more

Married in real life, Brinkman and Berlin bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. Learn how a rapper seduces a scientist, how hard it is to solve a math problem while rapping, and how your subconscious mind influences your daily thoughts and feelings.


Ends May 27

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing
2 reviews
40 reviews

Harlem Repertory Theatre mounts a one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the iconic 1939 MGM movie musical about a little girl from Kansas who journeys to the Land of Oz.
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When Dorothy wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, and munchkins and monkeys, she's charmed but desperate to return home. She sets off on a quest to ask the Wizard for help and along the way befriends a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion. Journey down the yellow brick road while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-nominated film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."


Ends Mar 05

Life According to Saki

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Funny
21 reviews
49 reviews

Inspired by the life of early-20th-century British satirist Hector Hugh Munro, this debut play from children's author Katherine Rundell makes its US premiere after winning the Top Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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1916. In the trenches of the Battle of the Somme, a soldier tells stories. That soldier is Munro, under the pen name Saki. Beginning with early misrule and school-age rebellion, his tales move on to the complexities of adulthood: obsessions and games, charm and chaos, friendship and jealousy, and, finally, death. Munro was over the age of conscription when WWI broke out in 1914, but volunteered to fight. He was killed by a sniper two years later. His witty, absurd, and strangely optimistic stories are brought to life by an ensemble cast and the occasional puppet.


Ends Aug 12

A Brief History of Beer

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Funny, Quirky
7 reviews
20 reviews

Horse Trade presents 'A Brief History of Beer,' an hour-long, drinkeractive, time-travel adventure.... Read more

In this intoxicating comedy, the audience travels through time, from Ancient Sumeria to today, to help their two hops-loving hosts save beer from a mysterious nefarious villain. Wish Experience has been touring the interactive 'A Brief History of Beer' to pubs and theatres around the world since 2013. And yes, beer is consumed!