By Thom Geier
Updated July 23, 2010 at 04:34 PM EDT

Image Credit: Jeffrey Ufberg/; Connick Jr: Albert L Ortega/PR PhotosIs there any chance of getting a last-minute discount ticket to Harry Connick Jr.’s concert at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre tonight? Usually, you’d have to brave the lines at the TKTS booth in Times Square to find out — and that means coping with the throngs of tourists (and the weather) on the chance that you might end up disappointed and ticketless. But not anymore. Davenport Media Entertprises has just launched the ingenious At the Booth app for the iPhone (available on iTunes for 99 cents), which lists all the Broadway and Off Broadway shows and discount rates that TKTS has available each day. The listings are updated just as they are on the big boards in Times Square — and at the TKTS satellite outposts in downtown Brooklyn and at the South Street Seaport. (UPDATE: The nonprofit Theatre Development Fund, which runs the TKTS booths, was surprised by the announcement of Davenport’s new app. Exec director Victoria Bailey reports that TDF/TKTS is beta-testing its own official app and plans on a September launch with live feeds of ticket availability and line lengths.)

Granted, you don’t need an app to tell you that you won’t be able to get cheap last-minute tickets for perpetual sell-outs like Wicked and Jersey Boys. But it’s a godsend if you have your heart set on seeing a production that only pops up occasionally on the TKTS boards, like Connick’s limited-run concert series, Mary Poppins, or the Tony-winning La Cage aux Folles revival. It may be the best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS booth. Don’t you agree?

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