how to get tix to a sold-out Broadway show?

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  1. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

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    (starting a new thread for this instead of resurrecting my previous New York trip thread ...)

    Because it took so long for us to finalize our dates (long story), we're only able to start booking theatre etc. now. As luck would have it, the one show I most want to see, The Book of Mormon, has "no tickets available" for the week we're there.

    I'm using Telecharge (as linked from both the official site and from Playboard). Is there some other sekret source?

    I know about the same day "lottery" and of course the half-price ticket booth, I was just hoping I could get something more definite in advance.

    TIA
  2. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

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    Try http://www.broadwaybox.com

    (as recommended by other FSUers). It's great. It links to many of the other sites that offer discounts, 2 for 1 deals, etc. I don't know how much help it would be for shows that are officially sold out, but if there are any tickets available through any source I'm guessing you could find them here.
  3. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    I have a friend who's going to NYC and is trying to pulls strings to get tix to The Book of Mormon. She's got an insider working on it for her and it's still iffy.

    Good luck!
  4. Jayar

    Jayar Well-Known Member

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    genevieve, The tickets are actually easy to get if you want to buy them at regular price. 'Insider' tickets are at a discounted rate or company tickets in a certain location at full price. Makes sense that those would be hard to come by since the company has to share them.

    BTW--- if there are no tickets available through the official ticketing site, you WILL NOT get tickets throught TKTS or broadwaybox.com. They only sell tickets there when sales aren't at 100%.

    Best way to get tickets to sold out shows is www.stubhub.com.

    Good luck!
  5. The Village Idiot

    The Village Idiot Demon Barber

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    All discounts for Mormon have been pulled so if you get a ticket, it'll be full price. I'd say outside of using a broker, check telecharge starting 5 days in advance of the date you want to go and they may release some tickets as the date approaches. They'll likely be top price orch seats though. If not, the only other suggestion I have is to wait in the cancellation line the day of the show and if any tix become available, they'll sell them to you. But that is hit or miss, as you can imagine.

    Oh, and hope for horrible weather. That'll increase the chances of cancellation and you getting a ticket.
  6. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. :(

    I'll try the other sources though. I don't mind paying a tad extra, just not scalpers' rates.

    Thanks all.

    p.s. another question: what are the sightlines like at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre? Are the upper Mezzanine seats so far away you might as well not even be there?
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  7. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    These are face value tix, probably company tix being released as you say. her plea was for ANY tickets in any location, so she must not have had luck through other avenues. Could be that she just wasn't looking in the right place, though.
  8. mysticchic

    mysticchic Well-Known Member

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    Another place to try is the hotel your staying at. I've gotten tickets that way back in the 90's when I was there and got to see Cats. That was sold out for years.
  9. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    The O'Neill is a smaller Broadway theatre, maybe between 1000-1150 seats, so the sightlines should not be poor from any vantage point.

    If your feet can take it, you may want to consider seeing if there standing room only tickets as well. They are only on sale the day-of-show, however. The place where you stand is at the back of the orchestra seats. Not sure of the price; you used to be able to get standing room for like $20, but that was a decade ago. Still, it's a lot cheaper than the $100+ the person sitting in front of you paid. ;)

    If you are thinking about a broker, be advised the price will probably be at least 2.5 times the face value for a "hot" show. :mad:
  10. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

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    That would work ... if we were staying in a hotel. ;) But we're not.
  11. star_gazer11

    star_gazer11 practising choreo

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    Will keep this in mind, thanks for mentioning it. I didn't know NYC theatres offered standing room. I did that once to try out out live opera in Vienna.
  12. Jayar

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    It's the same there as TKTS or broadwaybox.com. Shows rarely run at 100% capacity pre-box office, but the ones that are close sell out due to TKTS, etc. Cats ran forever, but didn't sell out like a rock concert would. They filled the house with walk ups, lottery, and rush.
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  13. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    I've had good luck just standing around at "will call". Sometimes, people buy 4 seats and one couple cancels, so you can buy the spare pair before the show starts. If you're willing to miss the first 15 minutes and stand through the first act, you can buy unclaimed tix.
  14. The Village Idiot

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    Note that not all of them do. It's not always up to date, but here's a good place to check if a show has rush/standing room, etc.

    http://www.playbill.com/celebritybu...-Rush-Lottery-and-Standing-Room-Only-Policies

    I saw Hairspray from the last row, last seat on the side (lotto) and was fine. It's far, but fine, even w/o binoculars. And my eyesight sucks.
  15. soxxy

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    Only some have standing room. You need to check if the particular theatre does.
  16. Allen

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    We're going to see Book of Mormon in mid-June. We had thought about going earlier, but everything up until the beginning of June is pretty much sold out, as we already know.
  17. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

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    Ok, we bit the bullet and bought form Broadwaybox. The tickets themselves weren't to bad, pricewise, but then a $49 service charge + a $40 shipping charge ... :eek: I guess we'll be eating hotdogs all week!

    At least the Canadian dollar is doing really well right now, a bad exchange rate on top of all that would be the straw that broke the camel's back.

    The show better be great!

    Thanks again for your help, everyone.
  18. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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    Sondheim says it's the price and the hassle that people go through nowadays (similar to the hassle and major bucks you had to pay) that give shows and performances standing ovations even if they don't necessarily deserve them.

    I hope you have an excellent time.
  19. star_gazer11

    star_gazer11 practising choreo

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