Life Won't Be Pandemonium as Rules for Spelling Bee $25 Ticket Lottery Announced

News   Life Won't Be Pandemonium as Rules for Spelling Bee $25 Ticket Lottery Announced A ticket lottery for the 20 seats priced at $25 for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will go into effect when the new musical begins April 15 at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway.

The lottery — for every performance — will take place in-person at the box office only. Starting 2 hours prior to each performance, names will be collected for a random drawing at 90 minutes before curtain. There is a limit of two tickets per person, cash only and winners must be present, with valid photo I.D., when their names are drawn.

 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee began New York performances at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theater Jan. 11 and opened Feb. 7 to positive critical and audience response. The run, which extended upon completely selling out in five days, will transfer to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre, cast intact, for a May 2 opening.

The new musical pits a motley mix of 10 contestants (six actors, four audience members) against each other in a battle for the championship of the local spelling competition. Also on hand at the showdown are a comfort counselor, the longtime Bee hostess (and former champ) and local junior high school vice-principal.

The cast of Spelling Bee includes Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jay Reiss and Sarah Saltzberg.

Tony Award-winning Falsettos collaborators — composer William Finn and director James Lapine — reteam on the work with newcomer librettist Rachel Sheinkin (Striking 12) on a concept by Rebecca Feldman. Based on an original play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E by The Farm, the musical made its world premiere production — under the direction of Michael Unger and Feldman — at Sheffield, Massachusetts' Barrington Stage Company in July 2004.

David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company and Second Stage Theater present the work.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will play at the Circle in the Square Theatre, which is located at 1633 Broadway (between 50 and 51 Streets).

For more information, visit www.spellingbeethemusical.com.

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