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Front Row at A Broadway Show for Only $30

November 21, 2011

I present to you a short play!

At rise, a box office.  Present day.  The set is minimalistic (*directors’ note: this may be a conscious artistic choice, but in past productions it simply has come about due to the fact that this is all you suckers can afford).  We see the Box Office Attendant as he mans his station.  His attire consists of a well pressed navy blue suit, provided to him by the union.

An attractive 20-something Theatre Goer enters, modestly dressed.  He has just finished a meal from the McDonald’s dollar menu.  He approaches the Box Office Attendant who spots him immediately.

Attendant: Well hello there, fine friend!  How may I help you?

Theatre Goer: One ticket to Enter Name of Broadway Production Here, please!

Attendant: Sure!  You betcha!  That will be ..


Long Pause.

Pinter Pause.

Theatre Goer waits anxiously.  He shuffles his feet.

Attendant: … One hundred, seventy five dollars and eighty three cents.

Theatre Goer:  I’m sorry.  There must be a mistake, sir.  I asked for a ticket.  Not the rights to the play.

Attendant:   Hmm, well, you could reserve online and pay a forty dollar service fee.

Theatre Goer falls dead.

Enter Emilia, Othello, and Montano.

Montano:  What is the matter?  How now general?

Emilia:  (accusingly toward the Attendant)  Disprove this villain if thou beest a man.

Othello:   O,O,O!

Emilia:   Nay, lay thee down and roar,
For thou hast killed the sweetest innocent
That e’er did lift up eye.

Exeunt Attendant, pursued by a bear.

The End.


Is this you?

Let’s fix this, shall we?

First thing’s first.  The lottery.  What is the lottery?  It’s an awesome way to get (usually) front row seats to Broadway shows.  I just participated in the lottery for Godspell this past Sunday.  This is how it works:

1. The matinee that day started at 2:30pm, so lottery participants arrived outside the theatre at 1pm.

2. From 1pm-1:30pm, two girls from the Godspell team (hollar at your @GodspellGirl!) signed us up for the lottery drawing.

3. At 1:30pm, they drew tickets.  The winning numbers won their choice of either one or two tickets (so if you had a friend with you, you could both see the show).

4. For Godspell, the winning seats were right on the side of the stage, on these pillows that became part of the show (if you see the show, you’ll find it’s very interactive).

5. Winners were ushered into the actual box office where they paid for their Godspell tickets at a super discounted price ($30 per ticket).

Mind you, right now, if you buy one ticket to a Friday night 8pm show, it will cost you the following:

Orchestra seats = $125 face value+$37.50 in fees = $162.50
Premium seats = $199 face value+$39.80 in fees = $238.80

Even TKTS (the place where tourists think they’re getting deals) will cost you about $60 or $70 a pop, according to the Godspell promoters I spoke with in Times Square last week.

The lottery policy changes from show to show.  Not all Broadway shows have them, but most musicals do. Check here for details:

 Broadway Rush, Lottery, and Standing Room Only Policies

And now, for you visual learners out there, here is a video (in two parts) of my friend, Stephen, and I participating in ….. the lottery!!

Part One: Entering to Win

Oh boy the fun continues!
Part Two: The Drawing

Ok?  Now go see it!  And win those lottery tickets! Tell me how you do 🙂

Onwards and Upwards,

5 Comments leave one →
  1. California Triple-Threat permalink
    November 21, 2011 1:38 pm

    Yeah! I did the godspell lotto a few weeks ago, and two of my friends won tickets! And then me and a friend who didn’t win were able to buy $60 tickets, and we still had great seats (second row)! I wonder if other shows offer discounted tickets for people who don’t get the lotto?
    P.S. the best lotto we did was for Hugh Jackman. You need a student I.D. but seriously, it’s an AWESOME show!! 🙂

    • November 21, 2011 8:17 pm

      Sweet! I still have my student ID. How much were the Hugh Jackman lotto seats? And yes, there are other shows that have “loser” tickets. When my friend and I lost the American Idiot lottery, we still were able to buy “loser” seats for like $30. We were in the second row. SO much fun!

  2. Kate permalink
    November 23, 2011 6:35 pm

    Don’t forget HipTix and MTC’s 30 under 30 club. Great for theatre patrons under the age restrictions.

  3. November 23, 2011 7:34 pm

    I have the worst lotto luck (take me with you?! haha), but I’ve frequently bought “lotto loser” tickets, which are still pretty affordable. I LOVE your videos, talk about the most thorough blogging ever! And now you can say you’re a vlogger, too 🙂

  4. July 23, 2012 12:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Katelyn Collins.

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