Broadway Rush, Lottery and Standing Room Only Policies

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and Matthew Blank
30 Jun 2015

To make tickets more affordable to students and other theatregoers 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.

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.

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, The Lion King 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.

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 frequently, but policies are subject to change without notice. Please email jsims@playbill.com regarding any information that is no longer accurate.

Aladdin
Lottery Rush: $30 - a limited number of tickets via lottery at the box office at 214 W. 42nd Street. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before the performance, theatregoers are invited to enter the lottery, and winners will be drawn two hours before each performance. Winners may purchase up to two $30 tickets with cash only to that day's performance. Locations will be at the theatre's discretion, and lottery may not be offered at all performances.

Amazing Grace
General Rush: $30 - a limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the box office at opening each day. Cash only. Limit 2 per person.

An Act of God
Digital Lottery: $37 - 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 & e-mail 3-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Winners secure their ticket(s) through the app; they are then held for purchase at the Studio 54 box office. Payment is cash only. Seat locations are subject to availability.

An American in Paris
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.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
General Rush: $40 - A number of $40 tickets will be made available for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances 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
Lottery Rush: $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 
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.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
General Rush: $37 - a limited number of general rush tickets are available at the box office on the day of the performance at $37 each (price includes a $2 facility fee). Limit of two tickets per person. Subject to availability.

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.

Finding Neverland
General Rush: $37 - a limited number of rush tickets are available for purchase in-person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office beginning at 10am (12pm on Sundays) for that day's performance(s) only. Maximum one ticket per person, cash only. 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.

Fish in the Dark
General Rush: $35 - available when the box office opens. Limit of 2 tickets per person, while seats are available.

Fun Home
Digital Lottery: $32 - 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.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Online Lottery: $42 - 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 and a half hours before curtain of the desired performance. Limit of one entry per person and two tickets per winner.

Youth Rush: $42 - A limited number of tickets will be made available for each performance for patrons aged 35 and under. These tickets must be purchased day-of, in-person at the box office and are subject to availability. Valid photo I.D. will be required, and patrons are limited to two rush tickets per performance.

Hamilton
Lottery Rush: $10 - Starting two-and-a-half hours hours before every performance, submit your name outside the theater for a chance to win up to two tickets. Names are drawn two hours before showtime. Tickets are $10, cash only.

Standing Room: $40 - following the regular ticket lottery, a limited number of standing room tickets are distributed, also by lottery. Standing room tickets are $40, cash or card. Standing room may not be available at every performance.

Hand to God
General Rush: $27 - A limited number of general rush tickets will be available when the box office opens on the day of the performance. Seats may be partial view and are subject to availability. Limit 2 per person. Cash or credit card accepted.

Standing Room: $27 – Available on the day of the performance when the box office opens. Standing-room tickets are only available when the performance is sold out. There is a limit of 2 per tickets per person. Cash or credit card accepted.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lottery Rush: $37 - A minimum of 20 tickets will be sold via lottery for each performance. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). Winners will be drawn two hours before 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. Entries will be collected and names will be drawn at random. Winners will then be able to purchase tickets at $37 each. All 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. Tickets may be purchased in cash or with a valid credit card. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Subject to availability. Seat locations may be partial view.

Standing Room: $29 - standing room tickets will be available for purchase at the Belasco Theatre box office beginning 45 minutes prior to curtain on the day of the performance only, but only if the performance is otherwise sold out. Limit 2 tickets per person.

It Shoulda Been You
General Rush: $35 - available day of performance beginning when the box office opens. Limit 2 per person. There will be 30 tickets available each day.

Jersey Boys 
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.

The King and I
Student Rush: $32 - each day, LCT offers $32 student rush tickets beginning two hours before a performance at the Box Office (subject to availability). Student rush tickets are limited to one ticket per performance and you must show a valid college/university ID to purchase a ticket. Please Note: not all performances have student rush tickets.

LincTix: $32 - LCT's program for patrons aged 21-35 is free to join and gives access to $32 tickets for each new LCT production. LincTix allows you to purchase tickets in advance as soon as the show is on sale to the public. A limited number of LincTix are available for EVERY performance. For more information and to register, visit http://www.lct.org/linctix.

Kinky Boots
Online Lottery: $37 - entries will be accepted online beginning at the curtain time of the previous performance and close three and a half hours before curtain of the desired performance. Limit of one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Lottery tickets are priced at $37 each and are subject to seating availability.

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
General Rush: $37 - a limited number of rush tickets are available beginning 10 AM daily (and 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.

Mamma Mia!
Rush Seats: $32 (incl $2.00 fac fee) may be available on the day of the performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. May not be offered for all performances. Limit is 2 tickets per customer.

Standing Room: $32 (incl $2.00 fac fee) available at the box office only on the day of the performance if the performance is sold out. Goes on sale two hours prior to curtain. Limit is 2 per customer.

Matilda
Lottery Rush: $27 - a minimum of 20 tickets will be sold via lottery for each performance. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery; winners will then be drawn two hours before each performance. Each person will print their name and the number of tickets (a two ticket limit) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Entries will be collected and names will be drawn at random. Winners will then be able to purchase tickets at $27 each. (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. Do appreciate that lottery tickets are absolutely non-transferable: the person entering the lottery must also be the person attending the show. Tickets are subject to availability. Depending on the performance, some seat locations may be partial view. Note that there is limit of two lottery tickets per winner within a 30-day period.

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 The Town
Digital Lottery: $20 - 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 $20 tickets, and can pick up their tickets from the uniformed TodayTix concierge outside of the theatre. Seat locations are subject to availability.

The Phantom of the Opera
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.

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.  

Penn & Teller on Broadway
General Rush: $40 - a limited number of general rush tickets per performance will be available for purchase at the Marquis Theatre (46th Street between Broadway and 8th) when the box office opens. Tickets are $40, limited to two per person, and subject to availability for that day’s performance.

Something Rotten!
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, visit lottery.rottenbroadway.com. 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.

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

Wicked
Lottery Rush: $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.