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First Thousand Tickets at the TKTS Duffy Square Booth FREE Courtesy of Target

Broadway legend Bernadette Peters just announced from the podium at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening the revitalized Duffy Square and new TKTS Booth, that the first 1,000 tickets sold will be courtesy of Target.  Ticket buyers standing in line for the booth's 3pm opening will have the opportunity to receive one or two vouchers, each redeemable for one free ticket.

Theatre Development Fund (TDF)'s new TKTS Discount Booth, located "under the red steps" in Father Duffy Square (Broadway and 47th Street, Manhattan), offers same-day discounts of up to 50% off for tickets to Broadway, Off Broadway, music and dance productions to performing arts lovers from the world over.

Later today, from 6:30pm to 7pm, Tony winners Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Leguizamo, Sutton Foster and emcee Julie Halston will join members of the Broadway community for the Inaugural Lighting Ceremony to illuminate the magnificent red glass staircase under which the TKTS booth sits, after which they will welcome the new Duffy Square and TKTS Booth by singing "Give My Regards To Broadway."

The new booth features 12 selling windows, each equipped with the ability to accept credit cards for sale of same-day discount tickets to Broadway, Off Broadway, music and dance productions.  There is a special "Play Only" window where there is rarely a wait for tickets to non-musical productions.  Hours of operation for TKTS Times Square are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3pm to 8pm for evening performances, Tuesdays from 2pm to 8pm for evening performances; Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm for matinee performances; and Sunday from 11 to 3pm for matinee performances and 3pm to 7pm for evening performances.

In addition to the new TKTS booth, the revitalization of Father Duffy Square includes an expanded Duffy Square plaza, increasing the amount of usable pedestrian space by 115%, which was designed by architect William Fellows. The project to revitalize Father Duffy Square was overseen by the Times Square Alliance, Theatre Development Fund and the Coalition for Father Duffy.

TKTS is a project of Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts.  TDF operates two other TKTS Discount Booths: in Downtown Brooklyn at 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Promenade and a Lower Manhattan TKTS Booth at South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets.  Since TKTS first opened for business over 35 years ago on June 25, 1973, over 51 million tickets have been sold at discount prices to millions New Yorkers and visitors who, without TKTS, may not have been able to attend live performances.  Those admissions represent over $1.4 billion in revenue returned to thousands of productions.

About Theatre Development Fund (TDF) - TDF has played a unique role in strengthening live theatre and dance in New York City for the past 40 years. This not-for-profit service organization's combined programs have filled over 72 million seats at discount prices (with theatre lovers who would normally not be able to attend live performance) and returned over 1.6 billion dollars in revenue to thousands of theatre, dance and music productions. Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF's membership, voucher, access and education programs, as well as its Costume Collection, help to make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. For more information about TDF and TKTS check the Web site:  www.tdf.org

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