I signed up for a TDF membership (I'm eligible since I work for a non-profit) to get dicounted tickets without the line. I was looking at taking my kids to a Wednesday matinee (8/15) of Phantom. On the TDF website, these tickets are $42 each with a disclaimer that the seats may be in the rear mezzanine. I guess it's luck of the draw, but this doesn't seem like that great a deal for rear mez. seats.
What I'm wondering (now that I've already paid the 30 bucks to join) is: am I better off buying tickets in advance through TDF, paying a bit more on another site where at leat I can see where I'm buying, or just lining up that day to see where the best available tickets are. Since I'm one adult traveling with three kids, I really need the four seats to be together, which I imagine could effect my ability to get good discounted seats. We're not stuck on seeing Phantom. I just want a musical that eleven year old kids will enjoy. Thanks for any input!