Broadway Rush, Lottery and Standing Room Only Policies

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27 Jan 2016

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

Aladdin
In-Person Lottery: $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.

Allegiance
Youth Rush: $39 - a limited number of tickets are available for patrons aged 35 and under only - ID required. They can be purchased at the Longacre Theatre box office at opening each day. Cash or card. Limit 2 per person.

Online Lottery: $39 - available each day via http://allegiancemusical.com/lottery/. Entries can be submitted the day of the preferred performance, either by 11AM for matinees or 3PM for evening performances. Winners will be notified via email or text, depending on what they select during the entry process, and winners may purchase up to two tickets which will be held at the box office.

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.

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
General Rush: $40 - A number of $40 tickets will be made available for Tuesday 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.

Blackbird
Rush: $32 - A limited number of general rush tickets will be available at the Belasco Theatre box office on the day of the performance. Limit of two tickets per person. Subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards accepted.

The Book of Mormon
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 
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 Color Purple
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
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.

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.

Disaster!
General Rush: $30 - a limited number of general rush tickets will be available when the Nederlander Theatre box office opens. Cash only. Subject to availability.

Fiddler on the Roof
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.

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.

Fun Home
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
Online Lottery : $10 - Fans are invited to apply for the 21 $10 seats at Hamiltonbroadway.com/lottery starting at 7 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.

Hughie
25 for $25: $25 - 25 tickets per performance can be obtained by going to Telecharge.com or by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. Limit 2 tickets per person.

The Humans
General Rush: $30 - A limited number of general rush tickets will be available at the Helen Hayes Theatre box office on the day of the performance. Limit of two tickets per person. Subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards accepted.

Jersey Boys 
Online Lottery: $27 - 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.

The King and I
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

Student Rush: $32 - Lincoln Center Theater offers student rush tickets beginning two hours before a performance at the box office. Limit 1 per person. Must show a valid college/university ID. Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Cash or credit card accepted. Price includes $2 LCT facility fee. Please note: 'The King and I' frequently does not offer student rush tickets. Inquire at the box office.

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 (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.

Online Lottery: $37 - entries may be submitted here. Tickets are priced at $37 each. For matinee performances, entries must be submitted by 11am; and for evening performances by 3pm. Winners will be notified via email or text. Winners may purchase up to two tickets. The digital lottery is set to continue through March 20; the in-person general rush continues during this time.

The Lion King
Online Lottery: $30 - A limited number of tickets per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Entries will be accepted at https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/the-lion-king/ 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
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.

Misery
Student Rush: $35 - a limited number of $35 tickets (inclusive of a $2 facility fee) will be available to students 25 years old and younger when the Broadhurst Theatre box office opens for that day’s performance(s). Photo identification is required. Patrons are limited to two tickets person. Tickets are subject to availability.

Noises Off
Student Rush: a limited number of half-price seats sold a half hour before curtain. They are subject to availability and limited to 1 per person with a valid student ID. Cash or credit card.

General Rush: $37 - a limited number of mezzanine tickets sold at the box office on the day of performance only. Tickets are subject to availability and limited to 2 per person. Cash or credit card.

Hiptix: $25 - Roundabout's Hiptix program allows registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase one pair of tickets per production at this price. Free registration is required. Ticket may be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at: roundabouttheatre.org/hiptix

On Your Feet!
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 at Onyourfeetmusical.com/tickets. 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.

Our Mother's Brief Affair
Student Rush: $27 - available at the Samuel J. Friedman box office when it opens on the day of the show, subject to availability and at the box office’s discretion. There is a maximum of 2 tickets per valid, degree-seeking institution ID. Cash or card.

30 Under 30 Program: $30 - made available in advance to all members, for every Manhattan Theatre Club production. Available dates are sent to members via email. Cash or credit card accepted. Click here to sign up for free. You must be 30 years old or younger to join.

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.

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: $32 - a limited number of $32 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
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 11:15 AM ET for matinees and approximately 3:15 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 30 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!
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.

A View From the Bridge
General Rush: $20 - a limited number of rush tickets are sold at the Lyceum Theatre box office on the day of performance only. Tickets are subject to availability and limited to 2 per person. Some on-stage seating will be included every day in the available rush tickets. Cash or credit card.

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

Wicked
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.