The Broadway smash hit, Wicked, is playing at the Fabulous Fox right now — and it didn’t sell out. The good news: there are some real bargains out there for discounted tickets. The bad news: the seats aren’t so fabulous.
You know how it is at the Fox. This venue was designed for watching movies on a giant screen, not musicals on the stage. And it’s huge — with over 4,600 seats, it’s six to eight times larger than most Broadway theaters, which are planned for good viewing.
That said — a bargain is a bargain. Currently, Goldstar has rear orchestra section seats for $48, plus a $7 fee. Balcony seats in the section known as the 2nd dress circle are $37, plus a $5.75 fee.
With the Goldstar deal, you don’t get to pick your seats — so there’s no way to know, for example, how far off to the side you’ll be in the rear orchestra (this section means you’ll be 30 to 40 rows back from the stage).
If you’re on a tight budget and you want to take your chances, you can get the Goldstar deal here. But hurry, because seats are going fast.
At the time of writing, these were Goldstar’s available dates, prices, and seating sections:
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 / 7:30pm | $37 – $48
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 / 7:30pm | $48
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 / 7:30pm | $37 – $48
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 / 7:30pm | $48
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 / 7:30pm | $37 – $48
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 / 7:30pm | $48
Other ways to get tickets to Wicked
There are a surprising number of tickets still available for Wicked, which runs through November 17th, 2019
We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. These are the options:
- A quick check of Ticketmaster reveals there are a lot of resale tickets available, in a price range from $100 to over $200. The downside of these resale tickets is that you only know the section you’re purchasing in — you don’t see actual seat numbers and rows until after you buy. This is not ideal. Browse Ticketmaster for Wicked tickets.
- Want to buy your seat while actually looking at the seating chart, so you know what you’re getting? Then the better bet is to buy directly from the Fox website — or, if you’re near midtown, you could head to the Fox Box Office.
There are really good seats still available! We even found a single seat in the second row, dead center for the performance on Wednesday, November 6th. (If you’re a loner, you should grab it!)
The best seats are $183 plus a $37 ticket fee. These are in or near the center of the theater, Rows A through M.
Seats get cheaper as you move away from the stage, and away from the center. Be forewarned — the far left and far right sections have limited views, but go as low as $83 plus fees.
There are also single seats available in the front section of the balcony, which is where many people prefer to sit, for the view from above.
These are $123 plus a $24.25 fee. Again, balcony seats get cheaper as you move farther back or farther to the sides. The back row of the gallery section goes as low as $43, plus fees.
Choosing the best seats you can afford
The Fox website now has an interactive, 3D, 360-degree seating chart that lets you preview what your view of the stage will look like from each section. It’s not perfect, and we think it makes the seats with partially obstructed views look better than they really are. It also doesn’t include the heads of all the people in front of you. But it gives you an idea.
FWIW: We’ve seen the show at full price ($220 with fees), and feel that it was well worth it for high-quality entertainment. The show is spectacular — visually stunning and well-performed with great music.
You have to decide what’s right for you and your budget. But often it’s best to skip dinner out and splurge on better seats.
Below is a basic diagram of the various seating sections. (The stage is the black bar at the bottom.)
About the show
Wicked tells the story of the Land of Oz from a very different perspective.
Long before Dorothy arrives, a girl is born with emerald-green skin. She’s smart, fiery, misunderstood, and she possesses an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” “Wicked” has been hailed by “The New York Times” as “the defining musical of the decade.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, the untold true story of the Witches of Oz transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story.