Off-Broadway Rush and Inexpensive Ticket Policies

Off-Broadway Rush and Inexpensive Ticket Policies To make tickets more affordable to students and other theatregoers on a budget, many Off-Broadway shows have implemented rush, lottery and inexpensive ticket policies.
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Anyone willing to wake up and get to the box office early and spend some time in a line, can get greatly discounted tickets to the majority of shows Off-Broadway.

Rush 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 some box offices only accept cash for rush tickets.

Here are the rush and inexpensive ticket policies of various Off-Broadway theatre companies and individual open-ended productions. 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.

Note: Policies are subject to change without notice. Please email gsteinberg@playbill.com regarding any information that is no longer accurate, or if you wish to have your show listed.  

 

THEATRE COMPANIES:

59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th St.)
Student Rush
Price: $10 - $20
How: When available, tickets are offered in-person up to an hour before at the box office on the day of the show only.
ID: Current student ID
Policies of Note: All student rush tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered for all performances.


Atlantic Theater Company (Linda Gross Theater - 336 West 20th St.)
Student Rush
Price: $20
How: Tickets are sold at the box office two hours prior to curtain.
Policeis of Note: One ticket per valid student ID.

Back 20
Price: $20
How: For every preview performance of Atlantic Theater Company productions, ticket buyers of any age can purchase $20 tickets. Back 20 tickets typically go on sale a few weeks after full price seats - check https://atlantictheater.org for the exact date on each show.
Seat Locations: Determined by the box office.
Policies of Note: Availability may vary per performance. Tickets are available online or by phone. No code is required.


Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow St.)
Student Rush
Price: $25
How: Tickets are sold at the box office at 1pm on the day of the performance.
Tickets per Person: One ticket per valid student ID.
Payment Method: Cash only.
ID: One ticket per valid student ID.
Policies of Note: Subject to availability. Valid for all BST shows unless otherwise listed. Select advanced student tickets at smarttix.com. Pick up at will-call 30 minutes before curtain.


Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) (Harvey Theater - 651 Fulton St.)
Student Rush
Price: $10
How: Full and part-time students aged 29 and under can purchase up to two $10 tickets to any live performance with available seating. Tickets are sold 90 minutes before the desired performance. Check BAM's twitter account (@BAM_Brooklyn) on the morning of the performance for updates on rush availability.
Policies of Note: For shows with limited tickets, a standby line will be formed at the discretion of theater management.

Senior Rush
Price: $10
How: Audience members aged 65 and over also have access to $10 tickets, subject to availability.
ID: Government-issued ID
Policies of Note: Visit the box office with a valid photo ID starting 90 minutes before any live performance. For shows with limited availability, a standby line will form at the discretion of theater management.


Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th St.)
Student Rush
Price: $20
How: Available one hour prior to the desired show's start time subject to availability.
Policies of Note: One ticket per valid student ID.

General Rush
Price: $30 - Available one hour prior to a show's start time subject to availability. One ticket per person.


Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd St.)
Student Rush
Price: $25
How: Tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.
Policies of Note: One ticket per valid student ID.

Greenseats
Price: $25
How: Limited availability for theatre-goers under the age of 35. Members receive one ticket per production. To become a member, visit IrishRep.org.

24 for $24
Price: $24
How: 24 tickets available for each preview performance. No age restriction. All 24 for $24 tickets will go on sale at noon two weeks before the first preview performance.
Tickets per Person: Tickets are limited to 2 per person.

Lincoln Center Theater (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater - 150 West 65th St.)
LincTix
Price: $30 ($20 for LincTix members on a pre-sale basis).
How: Lincoln Center Theater's LincTix program allows registered patrons between ages 21 and 35 to purchase 1 ticket per production at this price (subject to availability).
Policies of Note: Free to register, and registration is required. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the box office. Visit LincTix.org to sign up. Price includes $2 LCT facility fee.

Student Rush
Price: $32
How: Available beginning two hours before a performance at the box office.
Tickets per Person: 1
ID: Current college ID.
Payment Method: Cash or credit accepted.
Policies of Note: Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Price includes $2 LCT facility fee.


Manhattan Theatre Club (New York City Center - 131 West 55th St.)
30 Under 30
Price: $30
How: Tickets sold in advance to patrons under age 30. Available dates are sent to members via email. Sign up online.
Price: Cash or credit card accepted.

Student Rush
Price: $25
How: Available at the New York City Center box office on the day of the desired show. Subject to availability and at the box office’s discretion. Does not include facility fee.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2.
ID: Current college ID.


MCC Theater (The Lucille Lortel Theatre - 121 Christopher St.)
Student Rush
Price: $20
How: Available to students 20 minutes prior to curtain.
ID: Current student ID.
Tickets per Person: 1 ticket per valid ID
Payment Methods: Cash only.
Policies of Note: Subject to availability.

30 Under 30
Price: $30
How: Available to patrons under 30 years old.
Tickets per Person: 1 ticket per valid ID
Policies of Note: Subject to availability. Can be purchased either online with code 3030, or two hours prior to curtain at the box office, subject to availability. Tickets purchased online with code will only be available for pick up at theater upon presentation of valid ID. Visit mcctheater.org for more information.


Mint Theater Company (The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row - 410 West 42nd St.)
Rush Tix
Price: $29.75
How: A limited number of rush tickets are occasionally available at the Theatre Row box office for purchase 1 hour before curtain.
Payment Method: Cash or credit.


The New Group (Pershing Square Signature Center - 480 West 42nd St.)
General Rush:
Price: $27 (plus $2 facility fee).
How: Available 1 hour prior to curtain at the Signature Center box office, subject to availability.
ID: No student ID required.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2.
Payment Method: Cash or card.


New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th St.)
First Two Previews
Price: $25
How: At the first two performances of every NYTW production, all single tickets will be available to the general public.
Policies of Note: Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NYTW box office, online, and by phone. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Cheap Tix Rush
Price: $25
How: Day-of rush tickets may be available at 10am for youth, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents.
Payment Method: Cash only.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2 per-person.
ID: Government-issued ID. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.
Policies of Note: Subject to availability.


Pearl Theatre Company (555 West 42nd St.)
Student Rush
Price: $20
How: Available on the day of the desired performance two hours prior to curtain, subject to availability.
ID: 1 ticket per valid student ID.
Payment Method: Cash only.

Thursday General Rush
Price: $20
How: Tickets are available to anyone for Thursday evening performances on the day of performance only, 2 hours prior to curtain. Subject to availability.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2.
Payment Method: Cash only.

Senior Discount
Price: $35
How: Tickets can be purchased in advance of each performance by people 65 and older over the phone or at the box office.
Tickets per Person: 2 tickets per valid ID.
Policies of Note: Subject to availability. Rush options are not available for preview performances.


Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd St.)
30&Under
Price: $25
How: For more information and to sign up, visit the official website.

Student Membership
Price: $15 for Student Members. $35 guest ticket.
How: For more information and to sign up, visit the official website.

Live For Five Lottery
Price: $5
How: The online Live for Five Lottery is available for the the first preview of every production at Playwrights Horizons.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2.
Policies of Note: For more information, visit playwrightshorizons.org.

First Row Sundays
Price: $25
How: Theatergoers aged 30 and under may purchase 1 front row ticket in advance (online, by phone, and in person) for Sunday evening performances only. Tickets may be picked up in person at the box office beginning 1 hour prior to curtain.
ID: Government-issued ID.

HOTtix
Price: $30
How: A limited number of tickets, subject to availability, available starting 1 hour prior to curtain at the second performance of each production and continuing through the end of the run, for those 30 and under.
ID: Government-issued ID
Tickets per Person: 1 per ID
Payment Method: Cash only


Primary Stages (Cherry Lane Theatre - 38 Commerce St.)
Student Rush
Price: $20
How: Available at the Cherry Lane box office 1 hour prior to show time.
ID: Valid student ID
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2 per ID
Payment Method: Cash or credit

PS35
Price: $35
How: For theatregoers ages 35 and under, advance tickets available here using code PS35.
ID: Government-issued ID.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2 tickets per valid ID.
Policies of Note: Failure to present a valid ID will result in an additional $35 fee. All tickets are subject to availability.

Pay What You Can Performances
Price: Pay what you can.
How: Operates as a lottery for the first 2 preview performances of any production.
Policies of Note: Click here for more information.


The Public Theater (425 Lafayette St.)
Free First Preview
Price: FREE
How: Enter 24 hours prior to curtain to see the first preview of every mainstage production at The Public. Available through the TodayTix app.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Policies of Note: Subject to availability.

Digital Lottery
Price: $20
How: Available for main stage productions at Astor Place via the TodayTix app. Begins at midnight each performance day, remaining open until 12pm (10am for matinees).
Payment Method: Credit card in-app.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Policies of Note: Beginning with the second preview performance of each production’s run. Entrants will be notified via email 2-4 hours before curtain. Winners have 1 hour to claim/pay for tickets in-app.

Student Tickets
Price: $25-$30
How: Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office for every performance. Subject to availability.
ID: Current student ID.
Tickets per Person: 1 ticket per ID.
Payment Method: Cash only.


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Pl.)
Student/Under 30
Price: $10 - $25
How: For shows with $55 tickets at regular price, Rattlestick offers students $10 tickets and people under 30 $15 tickets. For shows with $75-85 regular-priced tickets, they offer $20 student tickets and $25 tickets to people under 30.


Roundabout Theatre Company (Laura Pels Theatre - 111 West 46th St.)
Hiptix
Price: $25
How: Roundabout's Hiptix program allows registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase one pair of tickets per productio. Free registration is required. Ticket may be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at: roundabouttheatre.org/hiptix

Student Rush
Price: ½ price seats
How: Sold 30 minutes before curtain at the Laura Pels Theatre box office. Subject to availability.
ID: Valid student ID.
Tickets per Person: 1 ticket per ID.
Payment Method: Cash or credit card.

General Rush
Price: $27
How: A limited number of tickets sold when the Laura Pels Theatre box office opens on the day of the desired performance. Subject to availability.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2 per person
Seat Locations: At the discretion of the box office.
Payment Method: Cash or credit card.


Second Stage Theatre (Tony Kiser Theatre - 305 W 43rd St.)
Student Rush
Price: $25
How: Available 1 hour prior to curtain at the Kiser Theater box office.
ID: Valid student ID.
Tickets per Person: 1 rush ticket per valid student ID.

30 Under 30: $30 tickets for patrons 30 years old and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance over the phone, online or at the box office. Valid ID is required when picking up. One ticket per ID. Based on availability.


Signature Theatre Company (The Pershing Square Signature Center - 480 West 42nd St.)
Student Rush
Price: $25
How: Available from box office opening until sold out. Only sold in person.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2.
ID: Valid student ID.
Policies of Note: The number of tickets varies from performance to performance.

Signature Ticket Initiative
Price: $25
How: Every seat at every performance during the initial run of Signature productions.


St. Ann's Warehouse (45 Water St.)
General Rush
Price: $20
How: Limited number of rush seats available beginning one hour before show-time. Subject to Availability.
Number of Tickets Available: 20 tickets per show maximum.


Theatre For A New Audience (Polonsky Shakespeare Center - 262 Ashland Pl.)
New Deal Tickets
Price: $20
How: For ages 30 and under or full-time students of any age, tickets may be purchased in advance of any performance. To purchase tickets by phone or online use promo code NEWDEAL. For more information, please visit http://www.tfana.org/season-2015/single-tickets
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
ID: Valid student or government-issued valid ID


TACT/The Actors Company Theatre (The Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row - 410 West 42nd St.)
Student & Artist Rush
Price: $20
How: Tickets available at the Theatre Row box office beginning one hour before curtain. For more information, please visit tactnyc.org.
ID: Valid student or performing arts union ID.


Vineyard Theatre Company (108 East 15th St.)
Under 35 Membership
Price: $35 membership price. $20 for 1 member ticket and up to four guest tickets at $40, per show.
How: You pick the shows you want to attend. For more information or to join, visit http://www.vineyardtheatre.org/tickets/become-a-member/overview/.
ID: Valid government-issued ID.

Digital Rush
Price: $25
How: via TodayTix

In-Person Rush
Price: Varies per show.
How: A limited number of rush tickets on sale at 10am on the day of the desired performance. Sold on a first come, first served basis at The Vineyard box office. Pick up begins one hour prior to curtain.

Standby Ticket Policy
Price: $20
How: Based on availability, standby will begin 1 hour prior to curtain at The Vineyard Theatre box office.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Payment Method: Cash only.


Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd St.)
General Rush
Price: $25
How: Available at the Westside Theatre box office on the day of the desired performance.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Payment Method: Cash only.
Seat Locations: Determined at the discretion of the box office.
Policies of Note: Subject to Availability.


York Theatre Company (619 Lexington Ave.)
$25 under 35
Price: $25
How: Patrons 35 and under can purchase $25 tickets anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office hours (Mon-Fri 12-6pm & one hour prior to show-time), by phone (212-935-5820) or in person at the York Theatre Company box office. Subject to availability.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
ID: Valid government-issued ID.
Payment Method: Cash or credit cards.

Student Rush
Price: $20
How: Tickets can be purchased anytime in advance of the desired performance at the box office during regular box office hours (Mon-Fri 12-6pm & one hour prior to show-time), by phone (212-935-5820) or in person at the York Theatre Company box office. Subject to availability.
ID: Valid student ID
Tickets per Person: 1 per valid student ID

Senior Rush
Price: $20
How: Patrons 60 and older can purchase tickets at the box office starting one hour prior to the scheduled performance. Subject to availability.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Payment Method: Cash only.

SHOWS:

Avenue Q (New World Stages Stage III - 340 West 50th St.)
General Rush
Price: $26.50
How: Available at the box office on the day of the performance. Subject to availability.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Payment Method: Cash only.


Black Angels Over Tuskegee (St. Luke's Theatre - 308 West 46th St.)
Student Rush
Price: $25
How: A limited number of student rush tickets may be available in person at the box office 2 hours prior to each performance. Subject to availability
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
ID: Valid student ID
Payment Method: Cash Only


Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre - 434 Lafayette St.)
Student Rush
Price: $32
How: Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office one hour before show time. Available for all shows except the Friday and Saturday 8pm performances. Subject to availability. Blackout days may apply.
ID: Valid student ID
Tickets per Person: 1 per valid student ID
Payment Method: Cash only


The Fantasticks (Jerry Orbach Theater - 210 West 50th St.)
Student Rush
Price: $36.50
How: Limited number available on the day of the performance at the Jerry Orbach theater box office.
ID: Valid student ID


Perfect Crime (Anne L. Bernstein Theater - 210 West 50th St.)
Student Rush
Price: $31.50
How: Limited number available on the day of the performance at the box office
ID: Valid student ID.


Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man (777 Theater - 777 8th Ave.)
Student Rush
Price: $25
How: All students currently enrolled with a valid Student ID can purchase tickets when the box office opens one hour before every performance. Student Rush tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Subject to availability.

General Rush
Price: $35
How: Limited number of rush tickets available when the box office opens one hour before every performance. Rush tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Subject to availability.


Shear Madness (Davenport Theatre - 354 West 45th St.)
General Rush
Price: $25
How: A limited number of same-day rush tickets for each performance will be available for purchase at the Davenport Theatre box office until 2 hours prior to curtain. Subject to availability. Rush tickets are limited to 2 per person.


Sistas: The Musical (St. Luke's Theatre - 308 West 46th St.)
Student Rush
Price: $25
How: Any available seat, day of performance. Tickets can be purchased two hours before the performance at the box office with a valid student ID. Subject to availability.
ID: Valid student ID
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Payment Method: Cash only.


White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Westside Theatre: Downstairs - 407 West 43rd St.)
General Rush
Price: $29
How: Available at the Westside Theatre box office on the day of the desired performance.
Tickets per Person: 1 or 2
Payment Method: Cash only.