Off-Broadway Rush, Standing Room and Inexpensive Ticket Policies
By Jennifer Nason-Brown
To make tickets more affordable to students and other theatregoers on a budget, many Off-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 Off-Broadway.
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. Unless otherwise specified, one SRO ticket is sold per person.
Here are the rush and SRO 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 firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any information that is no longer accurate, or if you wish to have your show listed.
Atlantic Theater Company
Barrow Street Theatre
You can also buy select advanced student tickets at smarttix.com. Tickets are $20 (plus fees) and can only be picked up at will call no earlier than 30 minutes before curtain. One ticket per valid student ID.
Classic Stage Company
Irish Repertory Theatre
Greenseats: $20 - Limited availability for theatregoers between the ages of 18 and 35. Members receive one ticket per production. To become a member, visit IrishRep.org.
Lincoln Center Theater
Tickets to LCT3 productions are always initially priced at $20.
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.
Manhattan Theatre Club
Mint Theater Company
New York Theatre Workshop
CheapTix Sundays: $20 - A limited number of seats are held for all Sunday evening performances at 7pm. Tickets are available in advance but must be purchased at the box office. Limit four per order, cash only.
Senior Tickets: $32 - Senior citizens, 65 or older. Limit one ticket per valid ID. Subject to availability, not available for Sunday evening performances.
Pearl Theatre Company
Thursday General Rush: $20 - Tickets are available to anyone for Thursday evening performances on the day of performance only, two hours prior to curtain, subject to availability. Two tickets per person. Cash only.
Senior Discount: $35 - Tickets can be purchased in advance of each performance by people 65 and older. Tickets can be purchased over the phone or at the box office. Two tickets per valid ID. Subject to availability.
Please note: Rush options are not available for preview performances.
Note: for performances of Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra between April 23 and May 11, you may purchase up to two HOTtix per person, provided proof of age is shown for at least one person.
PS35: $20 - Ticket program for theatregoers ages 35 and under. Advance tickets available through dukeon42.org using code PS35. Maximum two tickets per order. Failure to present a valid ID will result in an additional $50 fee. All tickets are subject to availability.
Pay What You Can Peformances - This operates as a lottery for the first two preview performances of any production. Please visit Primary Stages for more information.
Student Tickets: $25 - Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office for every Public Theater performance on sale to the general public. Must have a valid student ID at the time of purchase. Limit one ticket per ID. Cash only. Subject to availability.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Roundabout Theatre Company
Second Stage Theatre
30 Under 30: $30 tickets for patrons 30 years old and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance over the phone or online. Valid ID is required when picking up. One ticket per ID. Based on availability.
Signature Theatre Company
Signature Ticket Initiative: $25 - Every seat at every performance during the initial run of Signature productions.
TACT/The Actors Company Theatre
Vineyard Theatre Company
York Theatre Company
Senior Rush: $20 - Patrons age 60 and older can purchase tickets at box office starting one hour prior to the scheduled performance. One per person, cash only. Subject to availability.
A Walk In the Woods
Student Rush: $20 (previews); $25 (regular run): May be purchased at the window at any time for any show. Two tickets per student ID. Cash or credit.
Blue Man Group
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
General Rush: $35 - When the box office opens one hour before every performance, a limited number of $35 rush tickets will be available! Rush tickets are on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability.
Sistas: The Musical
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