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The Top 10 Theater Cities and the Most Affordable Day to Attend a Show

September 01, 2023 by Vivid Seats

From dramatic plays and rock’n musicals to large productions and small, Las Vegas is home to the most theater productions per capita this year, according to a Vivid Seats analysis of theater data. 

It’s no surprise that New York City is also at the top of the list as the quintessential destination for Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Salt Lake City, San Fransico and Boston round out the top five most popular theater cities.

While Las Vegas and New York City may reign supreme, there continues to be a robust theater scene across the country. Take a look at the interactive map below to explore this year’s top theater cities: 

Top Theater Shows in 2023

Exploring America’s love of theater Vivid Seats has also identified the most popular shows in 2023. Can’t make it to the Big Apple? Not to worry. Many of the top theater shows are touring acts, meaning they should be coming to a theater near you soon. Nationwide, these are the top five most popular productions in 2023:

  1. Hamilton
  2. Wicked
  3. Les Misérables
  4. The Lion King
  5. Six the Musical

Most Affordable Day to Attend the Theater

Are you ready to buy tickets for your next show? If you are on a budget, Sunday is your best bet, as the most affordable weekend day to attend a theater performance and Monday is the most affordable weekday, according to Vivid Seats. 

  1. Monday
  2. Sunday
  3. Friday
  4. Saturday
  5. Thursday
  6. Tuesday
  7. Wednesday

How to Win Free Theater Tickets

Did you know that flexing your Broadway knowledge can earn you free theater tickets? Play Broadway trivia daily in the Game Center section of the Vivid Seats app for your chance to win 2 free tickets to the performance of your choice, up to $2,000, from Monday, September 4 to Sunday, September 10! You could pick a Broadway show in NYC, or a play or musical in your area, whatever your theater-loving heart desires. The more you play, the more chances you have to win. We’re giving away free tickets to concerts, games and all kind of events, every week in the Vivid Seats Game Center so make sure you download the app and play daily. 

One prize winner will receive 2 theater tickets from, up to a $2,000 combined value (inclusive of taxes and fees). Visit the Game Center in the Vivid Seats app for Official Rules and add’l restrictions.

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