Spring Awakening Plans America's First Sign Language Ticket Lottery

News   Spring Awakening Plans America's First Sign Language Ticket Lottery
Hamilton turned its pre-show discount ticket lottery into a show with its Ham4Ham mini concerts. Now, Spring Awakening is taking its lottery in another interesting new direction.

Beginning two hours before every performance, a limited number of $35 tickets, some in the front row of the orchestra, will be sold via Broadway’s first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) lottery at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 West 47th St., New York.

The show itself, which originated with Deaf West Theatre, is performed in a combination of spoken English and ASL. The show will have its first Broadway preview Sept. 8.

"In the production’s spirit of accessibility," a statement reads, "every lottery drawing will be held in both spoken English and ASL thanks to support from the Sign Language Center."

Winners will be drawn 90 minutes before show time. There is a limit of two tickets per person; winners must be physically present to win; and tickets can be paid for with either cash or credit. Regular tickets are on sale to the general pubic at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, and in person at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office.

Spring Awakening’s 18-week-only engagement will open Sept. 27. The show, which won the 2007 Tony Award as Best Musical, has book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, is directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff.

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