Billy Porter, Lindsay Mendez, Harvey Fierstein, Marin Mazzie and More Share TKTS Memories

By Playbill Staff
04 Jul 2013

Danny Burstein

Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein

Growing up in Queens, I had a great junior high school English teacher named Stuart Glazer, who brought his students to see Broadway shows. I believe that's when I first saw the iconic logo of the TKTS booth in Times Square. I remember the red scaffolding holding up sheets of white canvas with the classic red lettering and that little white building. It was the only way students like myself could afford to see Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. The first Broadway show I saw? A Chorus Line. My mind was blown and I was hooked.

Over the years I've stood on that line countless times. I bought tickets to see Shadowlands with Nigel Hawthorne and Jane Alexander, Dreamgirls and Sunday in the Park with George. My life is so much richer because of those experiences. I still stand on the line to get tickets and am grateful for it. I was so happy when they started accepting credit cards and I love the new architecture that brings the old and new together. And I also love that it has a space for people to congregate. It's as inviting and vital as it ever was and I cannot imagine New York City without it.