Broadway Rush Tickets, Lottery and Standing Room Only Policies

By Matthew Blank

To make tickets more affordable to students and other theatergoers on a budget, many Broadway shows have implemented rush, lottery, and standing-room-only (SRO) policies. Anyone willing to wake up and get to the box office early, spend some time in a line, or stand during the show, can get greatly discounted tickets to the majority of shows on Broadway.

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Broadway Rush Tickets:

It all started with Rent, which, at the peak of its popularity, sold all seats in the first two rows of the orchestra for $20 to whomever would get to the box office in time on the day of the performance. Naturally, students embraced the opportunity and lines formed at dawn. Since then, Broadway has offered rush and SRO tickets to encourage an enthusiastic theater community.

Rush and SRO tickets are sold on the day of the performance, usually as soon as the box office opens, unless otherwise specified. Many policies are restricted to students and require valid student IDs. Seat location varies with different shows, from front row to rear mezzanine. A wait in line is usually inevitable. For more popular shows, it’s reasonable to anticipate a wait spanning a couple of hours. Also note that many box offices only accept cash for rush and SRO tickets.

Standing-room patrons must stand in numbered spaces that are the width of a regular seat. They are usually located at the back of the orchestra. SRO tickets are trickier to get because they are generally only available if the show is sold out. There’s no definite way to predict in advance whether a performance will sell out, although shows that sell out often include Wicked, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King and Jersey Boys. Unless otherwise specified, one SRO ticket is sold per person.

Here are the rush and SRO policies of different Broadway shows. Also included are shows offering low-priced regular tickets.

All Student Rush ticket purchases require a valid and current student ID. All Lottery Rush ticket purchases require a photo ID. Broadway box offices typically open at 10 AM (12 noon on Sundays) and close between 8:15 and 8:30 PM.

The Addams Family
Student Rush: $41.50 – check at the box office two hours prior to the performance (availability information will not be provided by phone or online). Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances only. Subject to availability and may not be available for every performance. 1 ticket per valid and current student ID. Cash only.

All About Me
Student Rush: 26.50 – may be available on day of show when the box office opens. Limit 2 per valid ID. Subject to availability.

American Idiot
Student Lottery: $27 – a limited number of tickets in the first two rows of the orchestra will be sold via lottery. Entries will be accepted at the St. James Theater box office beginning two hours prior to each performance; Fifteen minutes later, names will be drawn at random for 21 seats in the first two rows of the theater. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show a valid student ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Subject to availability. Cash only.

Billy Elliot
Student Rush: $41.50 (for tickets regularly priced at $80) – available at the box office two hours prior to performance. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances only. Subject to availability. Limit 2 per valid ID. Availability may be extremely limited during peak (summer and holiday) months.

Tickets in Rear Mezzanine rows G-J are priced at $41.50 for all performances. Tickets in the side sections of Rear Mezzanine rows D-F are priced at $41.50 for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances. These tickets may be purchased through Telecharge or at the box office.

Chicago
General Rush: $36.50 – tickets available at the box office only, when the box office opens. Limit 2 per customer. Not available for Saturday evenings. Subject to availability.

Standing Room: $26.50 – available at the box office, day of performance, only when the performance is sold out.

Fela!
Student Rush: $27.00 – available at the box office two hours prior to performance. May be partial or obstructed view and may not be available for all performances. Limit 1 ticket per current and valid student ID. Cash only

God of Carnage
Student Rush: $26.50 – tickets may be available on day of performance when the box office opens. Students must have a valid school ID for purchase. Students may purchase up to two tickets for the same day. Cash or credit card accepted.

Standing Room: $26.50 – approximately 20 tickets sold at the box office beginning two hours prior to curtain. Only available when performance is sold out.

Hair
“Be-In Box” Ticket Lottery: $25 – a limited number of box seat tickets sold via lottery system. Entries accepted at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office beginning two and half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours prior to curtain time. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person, and two tickets per winner. Cash only. Seats may be partial view.

Standing Room: $25 – available at the box office only on the day of the performance. Only available when the performance is sold out.

In the Heights
Lottery Rush: $26.50 – a set number of front-row seats for each performance, sold via a lottery system. Each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Only one card is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to the performance. For Tues 7pm performances, cards are available at 4:30pm for a 5:00pm drawing. For Wed-Sat 8:00pm performances, cards are available at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm drawing. For Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances, cards are available at 11:30am for a 12:00pm drawing. For Sunday matinee performances, cards are available at 12:00pm for a 12:30pm drawing. For Sunday 7:00pm performances, cards are available at 5:00pm for a 5:30pm drawing.Please note that the schedule for this show alternates from week to week. Please check ticketing sites to confirm exact dates.Standing Room: $21.50 – available at the box office only when the performance is sold out.Tickets in the last three rows of the Rear Mezzanine (Rows F-H) are regularly priced at $41.50 for all performances. These tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the box office.

Jersey Boys
Student Rush: $27 – a limited number of student tickets to select Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances may be available when the box office opens at 10 AM. Two kinds of photo ID must be shown: A non-expired full time student ID as well as a government issued photo ID, drivers license or passport. Limit 2 tickets per person per 30 day period. Tickets subject to availability. Locations may be partial view.Standing Room: $27 – available at the box office only two hours prior to the performance. Limit 1 ticket per person. Only available when the performance is sold out. Cash only.

A Little Night Music
Standing Room Student Rush: $27 – tickets in the SRO section sold on the day of performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. Limit 1 ticket per valid ID.

Lend Me a Tenor
General Rush: $26.50 – may be available on day of performance when the box office opens. Limit 2 tickets per person. Subject to availability. Cash only.

Looped
Student Rush: $25 – a limited number of tickets avai;able when box office opens. Subject to availability. Limit 1 ticket per valid ID.

Mamma Mia!
Student Rush: $31.50 – may be available on day of performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. Limit 2 tickets per valid ID.

Standing Room: $21.25 – available at the box office on the day of the performance only if the performance is sold out. Goes on sale two hours prior to curtain. Limit is 2 per person.

Mary Poppins
Student Rush: $30 – sold on the day of performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. Only available to college/university students. Limit 1 ticket per valid ID.

Memphis
Student Rush: $26.50 – limited number of tickets available day of performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. Limit 2 tickets per valid ID.

Million Dollar Quartet
Lottery Rush: $30.00 – Two and a half hours prior to every performance, patrons are invited to enter their name in a ticket lottery. There is a limit of one entry per person, two tickets per entry. Names will be drawn at random two hours before curtain time. Winners must be present at the time of drawing and show valid identification to purchase tickets.

The Miracle Worker
Lottery Rush: $26.50 – box office begins taking names 2 hours before curtain. Winners are drawn 1.5 hours before curtain. 2 tickets per person.

Next Fall
Student Rush: $26.50 – may be available at the box office beginning two hours prior to show. Subject to availability. Limit 2 tickets per valid ID. Seats may be partial view.

Next to Normal
Lottery Rush: Beginning 2 hours before each performance, patrons may enter a lottery drawing to purchase a limited number of $25.00 tickets to that day’s performance. Names will be drawn at random. Names are drawn 90 minutes prior to the performance. There is a limit of two tickets per person and winners must be present with valid identification at the time of the drawing.

Tickets in the last row of the Mezzanine are regularly priced at $36.50. These tickets may be purchased through Telecharge or at the box office.

The Phantom of the Opera
Standing Room: There are $26.25 tickets available at the box office only, only when the performance is sold out. There are only 28 standing room positions.

Tickets in the last two rows of the Rear Mezzanine are priced at $26.25 for Monday through Thursday performances. These tickets may be purchased through Telecharge or at the box office.

Present Laughter
General Rush: $26.50 – limited number of tickets sold on the day of the performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. Limit 2 per person.

Student Rush: Limited number of half-price seats sold at half hour before curtain. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per valid ID.

Hiptix: $21.50 – Roundabout’s Hiptix program allows registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase 1 pair of tickets per production at this price. Free registration is required. Ticket may be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at: http://hiptix.com/

This production accepts credit cards for the above discounted tickets.

Race
Student Rush: $26.50 – sold on the day of performance beginning two hours prior to show. Subject to availability. Limit 2 tickets per valid ID. Credit cards and cash accepted.

Red
Tickets in the last two rows of the Rear Mezzanine are priced at $25.00 at all performances. These tickets may be purchased through Telecharge or at the box office.

Rock of Ages
Lottery Rush: $26.50 – each performance day a limited number of tickets will be available via lottery. For 8 PM shows: signup at 6 PM, lottery held at 6:30, ticket pickup at 6:45. For 7 PM shows: signup at 5 PM, lottery held at 5:30, ticket pickup at 5:45. For 2 PM matinees: signup at 12 noon, lottery held at 12:30, ticket pickup at 12:45.

Student Rush: $36.50 – sold on day of performance two hours prior to curtain, immediately after lottery tickets are distributed. Subject to availability. Limit 2 per valid student ID. Cash only. Seats are side orchestra or mezzanine with partial view. Not available Friday or Saturday evening.

Sondheim on Sondheim
General Rush: $26.50 – limited number of tickets sold on the day of the performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. Limit 2 per person.

Student Rush: Limited number of half-price seats sold at half hour before curtain. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per valid ID.

Hiptix: $21.50 – Roundabout’s Hiptix program allows registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase 1 pair of tickets per production at this price. Free registration is required. Ticket may be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at: http://hiptix.com/

This production accepts credit cards for the above discounted tickets.

South Pacific
Student Rush: $20.00 – available at the box office beginning two hours prior to a performance. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances only. Only available to college/university students. Limit 1 per valid ID. Subject to availability. Credit cards accepted.

Time Stands Still
Student Rush: $26.50 – available on the day of the performance when the box office opens. Must show photo ID verifying current enrollment in a degree or diploma program. Limit 2 per valid ID. Subject to availability. Credit cards accepted.

A View From the Bridge
General Rush: $26.50 – may be available on day of performance when the box office opens. Limit 2 per customer. Subject to availability.

Standing Room: $26.50 – available at the box office, day of performance, only when the performance is sold out. Cash and credit card accepted.

West Side Story
Lottery Rush: $26.50 – limited number of front-row seats sold via lottery system. Entries accepted at box office beginning two and half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours prior to curtain time. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person, and two tickets per winner. Cash only.

Wicked
Lottery Rush: Each day, two hours prior to show time (11:30 AM for 2 PM matinees; 12:30 PM for 3 PM matinees; 4:30 PM for 7 PM performances; 5:30 PM for 8 PM performances), people who present themselves at the Gershwin Theatre box office will have their names placed in a hat. Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for 28 front-row seats at $26.50 each. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of 2 tickets per person, cash only. Photo-ID.

* Prices, showtimes, and policies are subject to change.

 



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