broadway show "rush/lottery" tickets

Sep 9th, 2008, 09:34 PM
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broadway show "rush/lottery" tickets

Does anyone know about how many people show up at the theatres for the "rush" or "lottery" tickets?

Since seeing a show isn't the top thing on our list to do, we're thinking of taking our chances on a few lotteries (Wicked & Avenue Q). We've actually got a couple of days and a few different show times, so we're flexible.
If we have to buy tickets, we're willing. Just wondering if we'll be in a lottery with hundreds of others or just a couple dozen.
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Sep 10th, 2008, 06:38 AM
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How about TKTS?
If you're flexible, you should have no trouble getting tix...just get there early and bring cash
Last time I used it I was there about 11:00 on a Wed (opens at 10), there was no line, and I got tix to Gypsy, 1/2 price (orchestra, on the aisle where Patti Lupone makes her entrance!).
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Sep 10th, 2008, 07:48 AM
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For hit shows many, many people show up. Far more than there are tickets.

If it's not a hit show you can probably get advance discounts by going to And get a better choice of seats and shows the day you want.

Playing it by ear once you're here - unless you're staying for a long time - is a big waste of time and effort.
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Sep 10th, 2008, 10:51 AM
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The lottery for Wicked is "a thing". I think there are people who go regularly.

Ave Q is usually at the TKTS booth and also on discount on so might not be as difficult/popular for rush tickets. Just remember each person who wins a lottery is only allowed 2 tickets so if you're more than 2, a lottery is not for you.
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Sep 10th, 2008, 05:38 PM
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I think it's a longshot to go for the lottery tix, especially for a popular show. You can get good deals on the discount websites, or just show up to TKTS and see what they have.
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Sep 19th, 2008, 07:51 PM
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Thanks to all for your replies and advice. Since we were flexible and were willing to take a chance, we tried our luck at the lotteries.
We were able to score tickets to Avenue Q at the Sunday matinee and to Wicked at the 7:00 show on Tuesday. We were able to see both shows (1st row at Avenue Q and 2nd row for Wicked) for less than $100 combined for the 2 of us.
From what we understand, a lot of people don't know that on Tuesday, the show is an hour earlier than the other nights of the week, therefore, people were showing up an hour too late, for the lottery.
If you are flexible and seeing a show isn't at the top of your list, I highly recommend taking a chance on the lotteries.
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Sep 20th, 2008, 08:14 PM
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Congrats at getting those tickets! How did you like the shows?
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Sep 21st, 2008, 04:03 AM
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Very impressive and well planned!
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Sep 25th, 2008, 05:07 PM
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Both shows were excellent and the deal made them even sweeter!!
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Oct 6th, 2008, 04:09 PM
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Just saw Avenue Q. Awful!

There's a reason the theatre was only half full!
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