re: TDF worth getting?

suicidalmickeymouse
Broadway Star
joined:1/19/08
TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 06:59pm
I'm a full time student and wondering if getting TDF was worth getting. Any input would be great. Mostly where are the seats located and how much do discounted tickets cost? Thanks.
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burntplains
Stand-by
joined:1/24/07
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:01pm
DO it! Best 25 bucks I've ever spent. I've saved hundreds of dollars.
logan0215
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:02pm
Yes.

Most tickets are $20-30 and the membership is $27.

If you use it 5-6 times for the year its paid itself off and you have a guaranteed ticket rather than having to worry about Rush or Lotto. My tickets have never been bad. Spelling Bee I was on the side next to the orchestra 6th row, Year of Magical Thinking I was in the mid-Mezz.

Another TDF question:

Does it go a year from when you purchase? Mine expired at New Year's this year but I know for a fact I purchased it after that time.
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blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:04pm
Yes, it's worth it, although unpredictable - you need to keep checking the site and be ready to have an open schedule (not really recommended for those who don't live in the area.)
Prices are usually low (depending on the show), and you don't find where your seats are until you get to the theater (it's like a Kinder egg surprise!)
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jordangirl
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:05pm
It's definitely worth it. I've had orchestra level seats at Broadway shows before and with the prices of those, ONE show pays for the cost of it.

As for the whole ending thing...I don't know. Mine didn't end at the end of the calendar year. At least I was never charged for membership again and I'm still a member.
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blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:06pm
Does it go a year from when you purchase? Mine expired at New Year's this year but I know for a fact I purchased it after that time.

Do they even check? I think it's been two years without a renewal for me and still works.





Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
burntplains
Stand-by
joined:1/24/07
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:08pm
Mine will be a year in July.... I guess we will see!
jordangirl
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:09pm
I honestly forget when mine started. LOL. Maybe I should check that out.
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Liverpool
Broadway Legend
joined:9/28/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:11pm
I know the requirements are a student or union member. What union? Is it just like equity members? Or can members of other artistic unions join too?
logan0215
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:16pm
Do they even check?

I don't follow...

I'm unable to access the website as my membership expired.
I love America. Just because I think gay dudes should be allowed to adopt kids and we should all have hybrid cars doesn't mean I don't love America. [turns and winks directly into the camera] - Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on 30 Rock
dave1606
Broadway Star
joined:12/8/07
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:16pm
what shows have been on TDF lately? just curious.
jordangirl
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:22pm
Members of ANY union can join. I'm UFT (teachers' union) and that was accepted.

edit for typo. I CAN type...just not when I'm frozen.
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Updated On: 2/29/08 at 07:22 PM
Liverpool
Broadway Legend
joined:9/28/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:37pm
oh ok, Cause i wasn't sure if i would be able to. I really want to cause it seems like a great thing, but being AFTRA i wasn't sure.
jordangirl
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:39pm
When I was joining, I was trying to decide if I should do educator (jumping through hoops to get the DoE id card), student for another year and then change, or union. I'd thought it was only entertainment unions based on what some people here had said, but I emailed them and asked and they said "Any union in any industry."

I LOVE it! :)
Experience live theater. Experience paintings. Experience books. Live, look and listen like artists! ~ imaginethis
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Liverpool
Broadway Legend
joined:9/28/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:52pm
Awesome, I jsut joined. Now i need to make a copy of my AFTRA card and mail it to them. COOL. I'll DEF be using this.
jordangirl
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:53pm
Yep! If you have a scanner, you can scan it and email it to them. :) They take them that way too...or they did.
Experience live theater. Experience paintings. Experience books. Live, look and listen like artists! ~ imaginethis
LIVE THAT LESSON!!!!!!
Liverpool
Broadway Legend
joined:9/28/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 07:58pm
yeah i don't.


How are seats usually, especially for the broadway shows? are they decent or are they crapy side and rear seats with terrible views?
suicidalmickeymouse
Broadway Star
joined:1/19/08
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 08:01pm
I got another question-- how far in advance can you get the ticket(s)?
Hunter: Your teeth need whitening./ Heidi: You sound weird./ Jeff: You taste funny.
-Jeff Bowen's worst onstage line flub.
Yankeefan007
Broadway Legend
joined:3/20/04
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 08:14pm
Personally, I don't think its worth it anymore.

Back when I became a member - eons ago - the tickets were cheap and the seats were great.

As the years moved on, the prices started to trickle upwards. Now, a ticket to a Broadway show costs roughly $40 (that includes their service charge), and the seats aren't very good.

My classic story - they sat me in the 3rd to last row of the Imperial for August: Osage County. $35. The row behind me, with the same sightline, was $25. Same with November. For $35, they stuck me in a row which normally cost $45.

Off-Broadway is usually better. For $25, I had a great seat for The Receptionist. But I had nearly the exact same seat when I saw The Receptionist with the papering organization I belong to.
Updated On: 2/29/08 at 08:14 PM
jordangirl
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 08:22pm
I've had center orchestra seats, side, but not really partial view seats, and decent mezz seats. I don't think I've ever had really crappy seats (granted I'm not really a seating snob). Usually if they know they're going to be balcony they say so.

As far as how far in advance, it really depends on the show.
Experience live theater. Experience paintings. Experience books. Live, look and listen like artists! ~ imaginethis
LIVE THAT LESSON!!!!!!
Updated On: 2/29/08 at 08:22 PM
DRSisLove
Broadway Legend
joined:5/24/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 08:50pm
I had the subscription for one year. I used it once, and the seats were terrible. Did not choose to rejoin this year for obvious reasons. When I was a member, there were not that many good choices on there, it was mainly full of off-broadway stuff that I truly had zero interest in.
logan0215
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 08:58pm
Well I'll put it like this:

I certainly don't have the money to buy full price tickets to basically any show.

It is also nice to have tickets to a show at some point in the future (as opposed to running your ass off to try and win SOME rush/lottery or take what TKTS has).

For this alone, it is nice to have TDF.

With my membership I saw Spelling Bee, Year of Magical Thinking, A Chorus Line and the Receptionist and was able to PLAN for these in advance rather than running around day of.
I love America. Just because I think gay dudes should be allowed to adopt kids and we should all have hybrid cars doesn't mean I don't love America. [turns and winks directly into the camera] - Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on 30 Rock
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 10:17pm
With regards to the union thing...I'm a teacher, and all they asked for as documentation with me was a copy of my pay stub (I live in NJ and teach in a non-union charter school, for what it's worth). I never had to send any kind of card or anything.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
~Walt Disney

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
~Walt Disney

My name is neither "adam" nor "greer."
jaystarr
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 10:21pm
I am not renewing mt TDF membership when it expires this March.. I get cheap-o tickets like $20.00 on Roundabout & $27.00 on INH....I ended up seeing all the shows...I need to cut back on it...

J*
jordangirl
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/06
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 10:34pm
Ah to be young enough for hiptix. LOL. If only...
Experience live theater. Experience paintings. Experience books. Live, look and listen like artists! ~ imaginethis
LIVE THAT LESSON!!!!!!
Updated On: 2/29/08 at 10:34 PM
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
re: TDF worth getting?
Posted: 2/29/08 at 10:38pm
I forgot to say...I think it's incredibly worth it. Since October, I have seen the following shows courtesy of TDF...

Les Miz
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Grinch
Cymbeline
August: Osage County
Phantom
The Seafarer
Xanadu
The Farnsworth Invention
Rock 'n Roll
Next to Normal (twice)
Sunday in the Park with George
Passing Strange
Legally Blonde
The Homecoming
November
Spamalot
and Gypsy this Monday night.

None of the shows cost me more than $38.50. It was definitely worth it.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
~Walt Disney

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
~Walt Disney

My name is neither "adam" nor "greer."

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