Broadway Rush, Lottery, and Standing Room Only Policies

Our round-up of the latest Broadway rush, lottery, and standing-room-only (SRO) policies. What you need to know to see Broadway for less!

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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. Or if none of those appeal, several Broadway shows now offer digital or online lottery options.

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 theatre community. Read more about the history of the Broadway rush line here.

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 Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Hamilton and Wicked. 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 and online options.

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 when the curtain goes up.

Note: This feature is updated as of June 10 2016, but policies are subject to change without notice. Please email gsteinberg@playbill.com regarding any information that is no longer accurate.

Aladdin
(New Amsterdam Theatre - 214 West 42nd St.)

Digital Lottery: A limited number of tickets will be made available to every performance via AladdinTheMusical.com/lottery. The lottery, which replaces the one that used to be conducted in front of the New Amsterdam Theatre each day, begins April 4. Entries will be accepted beginning at 7 PM the day before each performance and will continue up until 8:30 AM on the day of the performance, at which point the lottery for that performance will be closed. Participants will be notified within minutes of the lottery closing whether or not they have won. Winners will then have one hour to pay for their tickets online by credit card. Seat locations are assigned based on availability and may not be transferred to other people or performances. Limit 2 tickets per winner. Tickets must be picked up from the box office with government-issued identification or they will be released for general sale. Tickets may only be picked up within 30 minutes of the performance time. Tickets are non-transferable. Guests must be 18 years of age or older in order to enter. Offer not valid on prior purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other offer. All sales are final. No refunds. Lottery tickets are not valid for exchanges or past-dated performance offers. Not all seats are available for the lottery. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Dates, times, prices and cast subject to change without notice. The offer may be revoked without notice.

An Act of God
(Booth Theatre - 222 West 45th St.)

General Rush: $42 - A limited number of general rush tickets will be available when the box office opens for that day’s performance(s). Limited to two tickets per person, tickets are subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

An American in Paris
(Palace Theatre - 1564 Broadway)

General Rush: $32 - a limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the box office at opening each day. Cash only. Limit 2 per person.

Online Lottery: $40 - a limited number of tickets will be available through the online lottery which will open at 8am for matinees / 10am for evening performances and will remain open until 11am / 3pm when winners are drawn. Winners, notified by email within minutes upon the drawing, will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets with a credit card online and can pick up the tickets at the Palace Theatre box office 30 minutes prior to show time. Photo ID is required for pickup and seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
(Stephen Sondheim Theatre - 124 West 43rd St.)

General Rush: $40 - A number of $40 tickets will be made available for purchase day-of at the box office of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Tickets are subject to availability, and patrons are limited to two rush tickets per person.

The Book of Mormon
(Eugene O'Neill Theatre - 230 West 49th St.)

In-Person Lottery: $32 - a limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold through the lottery. Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $32 each. 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 valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets may be purchased in cash or with a valid credit card. Tickets are subject to availability.

Standing Room: $27 - available at the box office directly after the lottery.

Chicago 
(Ambassador Theatre - 219 West 49th St.)

General Rush: $37 - 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: $27 - available at the box office, day of performance, only when the performance is sold out.

Cats
(Neil Simon Theatre - 250 West 52nd St.)

Online Lottery: A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold via a digital lottery online on the day of the desired performance. The online lottery will open at 10:00 am and will remain open until 3 pm for evening performances. For two-show days, the lottery will open at 12 pm and close at 3 pm. For matinee performances, the lottery will open at 8:30 am and close at 11 am. Winners will be notified by e-mail and will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets with a credit card online. They must present their photo ID at the Neil Simon Theatre box office at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the corresponding performance to pick up their tickets.

Cirque Du Soleil: Paramour
(Lyric Theatre - 213 West 42nd St.)

Digital Lottery: $35 - A limited number of tickets will be made available to every performance of PARAMOUR via the TodayTix app. The lottery commences Saturday, April 16. The lottery begins each night at midnight and closes four hours prior to the performance. Winners will receive email confirmation to claim lottery tickets. Winners’ tickets are available for pick up from a TodayTix concierge at the Lyric Theatre. Lottery purchases have a maximum of two tickets per person. In addition to lottery tickets, regular priced tickets can be purchased on the TodayTix app. Please note, the rush policy for PARAMOUR will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Color Purple
(Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - 242 West 45th St.)

General Rush: $35 - a limited number of general rush tickets available for purchase at the Bernard B. Jacobs box office when it opens, for that day's performance only. Maximum two tickets per person. Rush tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Rush seating locations will be determined at the discretion of the box office. Cash or card.

Standing Room: $30 - available only on the day of the performance, and only if the performance is sold out. Limit 2 tickets per customer. Cash or card.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
(Ethel Barrymore Theatre - 243 West 47th St.)

General Rush: $30 - a limited number of general rush tickets are available at the box office on the day of the performance at $30 each (price includes a $2 facility fee). Limit of two tickets per person. Subject to availability.

Online Lottery: $30 - patrons are invited to enter an online lottery by 11am for matinees and 3pm for evening performances. Winners may purchase up to 2 tickets at $30 each. Seats may be located in boxes. Locations may be partial view. To enter click here.

Last Row Mezzanine: $27 - all seats in rows F-G of the rear mezzanine are priced at $27 for all performances. These tickets may be purchased through Telecharge.com or at the box office.

Fiddler on the Roof
(Broadway Theatre - 1681 Broadway)

General Rush: $37 - a limited number of general rush tickets will be available when the Broadway Theatre box office opens on the day of the performance. Limit 2 per person. Cash or credit. Subject to availability.

Fun Home
(Circle in the Square Theatre - 235 West 50th St.)

Digital Lottery: $35 - the show has partnered with TodayTix to allow its members to enter a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in the App Store or Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each day at midnight, and continue until winners are notified via push notification 3-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Winners will be offered the opportunity to purchase either one or two $32 tickets, and can pick up them up from the box office of the Circle in the Square Theatre. Seat locations are subject to availability.

Standing Room: $35 - Available at the Circle in the Square box office only on the day of the performance. Only sold when the performance is sold out.

Hamilton
(Richard Rodgers Theatre - 226 West 46th St.)

Lottery : $10 - Fans are invited to apply for the 21 $10 seats here starting at 9 AM daily. Applications will be accepted through 3 PM for evening performances, after which the 21 names are drawn and the winners notified via email. Winners have 60 minutes to claim their tickets. Tickets are non-transferrable.

An in person lottery will occur for Wednesday matinees ONLY outside the Richard Rodgers theater. Entries will be accepted at noon for a drawing a half hour later.

Standing Room: $40 - Standing room tickets MAY be sold as part of the cancellation line, in which patrons line up outside the theater when the box office opens. Same-day cancellation tickets are offered to the first person in line, as they become available throughout the day until after showtime (usually within 5 minutes after curtain) and the box office confirms there are no more seats to sell.

The Humans
(Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - 236 West 45th St.)

Lottery: $40 - A limited number of seats priced at $40 offered through a digital lottery for each performance here. Entries must be submitted on the day of the performance by 10:00 a.m. for matinees and by 3:00 p.m. for evening performances. Winners will be notified via email or text, depending on what they select during the entry process. Winners may purchase up to (2) two tickets, which will be held at the box office up to 30 minutes before curtain. Cash or credit cards will be accepted for lottery tickets at the box office.

Jersey Boys 
(August Wilson Theatre - 245 West 52nd St.)

Online Lottery: $37 - A limited number of tickets per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Entries will be accepted online beginning at the curtain time of the previous performance and close three hours before curtain of the desired performance. Limit of one entry per person and two tickets per winner.

Student Rush: $27 - a limited number of student tickets available at the box office on the day of the performance beginning 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 are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Locations may be partial view. Cash only.

Kinky Boots
(Al Hirschfeld Theatre - 302 West 45th St.)

Online Lottery: $37 - entries will be accepted online. Lottery entrants may enter for any available performance. Entries will be accepted for individual performances until 10:00am EST the day PRIOR to the performance. For example – until 10am Tuesday for either performance on Wednesday (Matinee or Evening.)

Standing Room: $27 - a limited number of standing-room tickets may be available in person at the box office on the day of the performance, if the performance is sold out.

Les Misérables
(Imperial Theatre - 249 West 45th St.)

General Rush: $37 - a limited number of rush tickets are available beginning 10 AM daily (noon on Sundays) at the Imperial Theatre box office only (249 West 45th Street). Limit of two tickets per customer, and subject to availability. Cash or card.

The Lion King
(Minskoff Theatre - 1515 Broadway)

Online Lottery: $30 - A limited number of tickets per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Entries will be accepted here until 9 AM on the day of the performance. Entries for future performances will begin once the prior day's performance begins and continues up until 9 AM. Winners will be notified if they won tickets within minutes of the lottery's closing. Winners will have 60 minutes to pay for tickets online via credit card, and will need a government issued ID to pick up the non-transferrable tickets. Pick-up will begin thirty minutes prior to curtain at the Minskoff Theatre box office.

Matilda
(Sam S. Shubert Theatre - 225 West 44th St.)

Online Lottery: $32 - a limited number of $32 seats will be available for every performance online. Entries can be submitted the day of the preferred performance, by 11am for matinees or by 3pm for evening performances. Entrants may choose to be notified of winning via email or text, and winners may claim up to two tickets, which will be held for purchase at the Shubert Theatre box office. Cash or credit will be accepted, and a valid photo ID is required. Seat locations will vary based on availability and may be partial view.

General Rush: $27 - available on the day of the performance when the box office opens. Two tickets per customer. Cash or credit will be accepted, and a valid photo ID is required. Seat locations will vary based on availability and may be partial view.

Standing Room: $27 - Available on the day of the performance when the box office opens. Only available when the performance is sold out. Limit 2 tickets per person.

On Your Feet!
(Marquis Theatre - 1535 Broadway)

Online Lottery: $40 - each day at 9AM online entries will open to win a limited number of $40 same-day tickets to that evening's performance here. The lottery will remain open until 2PM when winners are drawn. Winners, notified by email immediately upon the 2PM drawing, will have 60 minutes to claim their tickets by paying with a credit card. They can pick up the tickets at the Marquis Theatre Box Office from 30 minutes prior to curtain.

The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic Theatre - 247 West 44th St.)

Standing Room: $27 - available at the box office, only when the performance is sold out. They are sold in advance or same day, if available. There are only 28 standing room positions.

Last Row Mezzanine: $27 - tickets in the last two rows of the Rear Mezzanine on the sides are priced at $27 for Monday through Thursday performances. These tickets may be purchased through Telecharge.com or at the box office.  

Online Lottery: $28 - a limited number of seats will be available for every performance online. For matinee performances, entries must be submitted by 11AM; for evening performances by 3PM. Winners, who may purchase up to two tickets, will be notified via email or text by 11:30 AM for matinees and 3:30 PM for evenings. Winners must bring a photo ID to claim their tickets at the box office at least two hours before the performance. The lottery will be good for all eight of the musical’s weekly performances. The front row of the orchestra section is among the ticket locations.

School of Rock - The Musical
(Winter Garden Theatre - 1634 Broadway)

Online Lottery: $37 - opens daily at 12:01 AM ET here for entrants to win a limited number of $37 same-day tickets to that day’s performance(s) . The lottery will remain open until 10:59 AM ET for matinees and 2:50 PM ET for evening performances. Winners will be drawn daily at approximately 11:00 AM ET for matinees and approximately 3:00 PM ET for evening performances. Winners will be notified by e-mail immediately upon drawing. To claim tickets, winners must present their photo ID at the Winter Garden Theatre box office at least 90 minutes prior to the start of the corresponding performance to purchase their tickets. Seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.

General Rush: $37 - a limited number of general rush tickets will be available at the box office when the Winter Garden Theatre box office opens for that day’s performance(s). Limit two tickets per person. Subject to

Standing Room: $27.50 - a limited number of standing room tickets will be available at the box office for $27.50 on the day of the performance, only when the performance is sold out.

Something Rotten!
(St. James Theatre - 246 West 44th St.)

Online Lottery: $35 - a limited number of tickets, including front row, per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Tickets are limited to two per person. For details and to enter the digital lottery, click here. Entrants will be notified of their status two-and-a-half hours prior to show time. Tickets must be claimed and paid for at the St. James Theatre box office no later than 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Rush Tickets: $35 - tickets will be available for purchase at the St. James Theatre when the box office opens. Limited to two per person, and subject to availability for that day’s performances.

Standing Room: $35 - tickets available at the box office, on the day of the performance, only when the performance is sold out.

Wicked
(Gershwin Theatre - 222 West 51st St.)

Digital Lottery (starts March 8): $35 - A limited number of tickets will be available through the digital lottery, which will open at 8:30 AM for matinee and evening performances and will remain open until 10:30 AM and 2 PM, respectively, when winners are drawn. Tickets are $35 each, including the facility fee. Winners will be notified by email shortly after each drawing and will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets with a credit card online. Tickets can be picked up at the Gershwin Theatre box office (222 West 51st Street) 30 minutes prior to show time. Photo ID is required for pickup, and seat locations awarded are subject to availability. For details and entrance to the digital lottery, click here.

In-Person Lottery: $30 - a limited number of select orchestra seats available for each performance via a lottery drawing held two hours before curtain. Entries are accepted starting two and a half hours prior to each performance (or 30 minutes before the drawing itself). Limit one entry per person, and two tickets per winner. Winners must be present at time of drawing and valid identification must be shown to purchase tickets.