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Ultimate guide to Broadway Lottery and Rush tickets

April 11, 2021 by TodayTix
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How to get Rush and Lottery theatre tickets in New York City

Broadway Lottery and Rush tickets are some of the best ways to score same-day seats to top Broadway shows at a low price. Traditionally, Rush and Lottery tickets are distributed via in-person drawings or early morning lines at the box office — but you don’t have to do all that waiting anymore. With TodayTix, you can get Rush and Lottery tickets right from your phone, so no matter where you are, you can get discount Broadway tickets to some of the best shows in New York City.

Unsure what Broadway Rush tickets or Broadway Lottery tickets are? Feeling lucky and ready to try for tickets? Wherever you stand, use this guide to find out how to take advantage of our Rush and Lottery programs, and check out a list of the current shows offering Broadway and Off-Broadway Rush and Lottery tickets on TodayTix below.

And remember — Rush and Lottery tickets aren’t just a New York thing! Shows all over the world have Lottery and Rush tickets. If you happen to be traveling to London, check out our companion guide to London’s Rush and Lottery programs, where you can score London musical tickets and see all the hottest theatre shows across the pond.

Rush tickets

New to Rush tickets? You’re in the right place. We’ve answered all your questions about Rush tickets, including what they are and how to get Rush tickets on TodayTix.

What are Rush tickets?

Rush tickets are discounted day-of seats that are available exclusively through the TodayTix mobile app. The TodayTix Rush program gives you the chance to purchase last-minute tickets at an exclusive low price, so you can save money and see more shows. A limited number of Rush tickets are made available each performance day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are there different types of Rush tickets?

There are Off-Broadway and Broadway Rush tickets, as many different shows have Rush options. Rush tickets can also be in different sections of the theatre. Some shows set aside certain seats for Rush ticket buyers; for example, some Off-Broadway shows have been known to sit Rush ticket buyers right on the stage! But at other shows, Rush seating locations vary depending on the ticket availability at each performance.

In addition to or instead of regular Rush tickets, certain shows specifically offer student rush tickets at exclusive prices, usually in person at their box offices. However, TodayTix does not offer student tickets at this time.

Despite these differences, all Rush tickets are same-day tickets for that day’s performances.

How to get theatre Rush tickets in New York

To purchase Rush tickets, you’ll need to download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush. To unlock Rush, go to the show you want to see on the app, and select unlock Rush. You’ll be asked to share about the show on social media. Rush tickets go on sale the morning of each performance day, so set an alert to be notified every time Rush tickets are available. You’ll want to be on the app right away when Rush opens since the tickets can sell out quickly!

Lottery tickets

The best part about theatre Lotteries is that unlike the regular lottery, you don’t have to pay to enter! You can try your luck as many times as you want, and you have a great chance of winning, even if not on your first try. Here’s everything you need to know about Broadway Lottery tickets.

What are Lottery tickets?

Lottery tickets are another great way to score a special deal on show tickets. Unlike Rush tickets, they’re not distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead, hopeful audience members enter the lottery prior to the performance date, and a select number of winners are chosen at random for each performance. The show might be sold out or have some of the best seats reserved for Lottery winners, so if you win, you’ll get a prime seat to a theatrical experience.

Are there different types of Lottery tickets?

There can be slight differences in Lottery tickets depending on the show. Lottery ticket prices vary between Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and Lottery seats can be in different sections of the theatre depending on the availability at your chosen performance. Some Lotteries also have fun, show-specific names; for example, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Lottery is called the Friday Forty because tickets are $40.

Different shows also have different entry periods: Some Lotteries open and close days before the performance, whereas others open and close the day of the performance. Despite these differences, all Off-Broadway and Broadway Lottery programs work the same: Users enter the Lottery on the TodayTix app and are notified shortly before their performance whether they’ve won.

How to get theatre Lottery tickets in New York

You can enter Lotteries through the TodayTix mobile app. Lotteries usually open the day before, or a few days before, each performance. If you want to try your luck with multiple performances of a show to increase your chances, you have to enter the Lottery for each one separately. You can set an alert to find out when Lotteries open for entries each day. The day of or before each performance, winners will be notified by phone and/or email, and they will have a limited amount of time to claim their tickets.

Each Lottery has different entry times and guidelines, so browse below for information about how to enter each one.

TodayTix tips: Rush and Lottery tickets

It can be daunting to try for Rush and Lottery tickets, since there are lots of other theatregoers out there doing the same thing. Here are a few other things to know about getting Rush and Lottery tickets.

  • Weekend performances are usually the busiest ones. Since people are off work and/or taking short trips into the city, there’s usually the most people entering the Lottery or trying for Rush tickets. If you have the flexibility, try for a weekday performance — especially a weekday matinee, at a time when many people are working — since there’s likely to be less people looking for last-minute theatre tickets.
  • Sometimes, you might click on the “Get tickets button” right when the hour hits, and you get a message saying the tickets are already taken. We promise it’s not a scam! Often, there are tons of people trying for a small amount of tickets, and it can come down to milliseconds.
  • That said, sometimes, more Rush or Lottery tickets become available as it gets closer to the performance. Keep your TodayTix app and email notifications on, as you could get notified about more tickets later that you can grab!
  • TodayTix has a “my list” feature on the app where you can save shows you’re interested in. Save the shows you want to get Rush and Lottery tickets for! You’ll be able to easily access them all in one place and won’t have to spend precious time searching.

Which New York theatre shows have Rush tickets available?

Read below to see all the shows with Rush programs on TodayTix that you can unlock right now. Once you’ve found a show you want to see, go to the app and unlock Rush ahead of time, so you’re all ready to get discount Broadway tickets on the day you want to go!

Take Me Out

Jesse Williams, Patrick J. Adams, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson star in the first revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning Best Play, in which a Major League Baseball player faces backlash after coming out as gay.

Take Me Out

Ticket price: $39 Rush tickets
Run dates: March 10 – June 11, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Birthday Candles

See Debra Messing go through 90 years’ worth of life in 90 minutes in this new play, in which she bakes a single birthday cake as everything else in her life — her loved ones, her dreams, her goals, herself — changes through the years.

birthday candles cast

Ticket price: $29 Rush tickets
Run dates: March 18 – May 29, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

American Buffalo

In David Mamet’s play about American greed, Laurence Fishburne, Darren Criss, and Sam Rockwell play three hustlers who concoct an elaborate plan to steal back a valuable buffalo nickel that one of them undersold.

American Buffalo

Ticket price: $35 Rush tickets
Run dates: March 20 – July 10, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

How I Learned to Drive

Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama reunites its original Off-Broadway stars — David Morse and Mary-Louise Parker — in a story about a woman retaking control of her life after years of sexual abuse.

How I Learned to Drive

Ticket price: $35 Rush tickets
Run dates: March 29 – May 29, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

The Minutes

A town’s hypocrisy and dark secrets come out when a newcomer asks all the wrong questions at a city council meeting in Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts’s new play.

The Minutes

Ticket price: $32 Rush tickets
Run dates: April 2 – July 10, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Mrs. Doubtfire

In the musical adaptation of the classic 1993 movie, out-of-work-actor and father Daniel Hillard disguises himself as Euphegenia Doubtfire, a nanny, in order to spend time with his kids after separating from his wife. As he does so, he learns how to better himself as a father and brings his family closer than ever before.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Ticket price: $35 Rush tickets
Run dates: April 14 – May 29, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Suffs

A starry cast including Jenn Colella, Nikki M. James, and Phillipa Soo stars in this new musical retelling of the women’s suffrage movement and the diverse, flawed, and sometimes adversarial women that led it.

Ticket price: $20 Rush tickets
Run dates: March 13 – May 29, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Seven Sins

Temptation and sin run wild at Seven Sins, Company XIV’s circus, burlesque, and music show inspired by the seven deadly sins and the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Seven Sins

Ticket price: $30 Rush tickets
Run dates: April 1 – August 28, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Islander

A young girl wishes for a new life beyond her island, and she gets it when a mysterious stranger washes up on her shore in this new musical.

Islander

Ticket price: $25 Rush tickets
Run dates: April 14 – July 31, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion

Alison Leiby’s stand-up comedy show centers on the summer she spent preparing for an abortion, and she discusses both the silly, scary minutae and the larger implications of exercising her reproductive rights.

Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion

Ticket price: $20 Rush tickets
Run dates: April 25 – June 4, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Golden Shield

Two sisters, a lawyer and a translator, must put aside their past differences and work together to win an international lawsuit in Anchuli Felicia King’s American-premiere play.

Golden Shield

Ticket price: $25 Rush tickets
Run dates: April 26 – June 12, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

All your favorite moments from the beloved sitcom come to life on stage — as told by puppets of Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy.

Ticket price: $29 Rush tickets
Run dates: April 29 – May 29, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Fat Ham

In this Hamlet adaptation, Juicy, a Black, queer college kid, wonders whether violence is the only way to avenge his father’s murder, or if he can take a different path than Hamlet did.

Fat Ham

Ticket price: $20 Rush tickets
Run dates: May 12 – June 12, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Broadway Speakeasy

Enjoy a glamorous night at the Times Square EDITION’s Paradise Club, where you’ll enjoy delicious food and drinks while watching a Broadway actor and a live jazz band perform new arrangements of hits by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and more.

Broadway Speakeasy

Ticket price: $49 Rush tickets
Run dates: Fridays and Saturdays from May 13, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Who Killed My Father

Édouard Louis performs this show, based on his own book, about how a system that broke his family ended up bringing him and his dad together. The show is performed in French with English supertitles.

Who Killed My Father

Ticket price: $20 Rush tickets
Run dates: May 18 – June 5, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Snow in Midsummer

A woman arrives in a rural town ravaged by drought, discovering that the town has been cursed by a wrongfully executed woman, in this ghost story/murder mystery by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig.

Snow in Midsummer

Ticket price: $15 Rush tickets
Run dates: May 19 – July 9, 2022
Details: At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Hamlet

The acclaimed London production of Shakespeare’s tragedy makes its North American premiere, setting the story of Hamlet’s quest for vengeance in a noir surveillance state.

Ticket price: $30 Rush tickets
Run dates: June 1 – August 13, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Oresteia

This epic Greek tragedy about family, vengeance, and justice gets a contemporary reimagining in this North American-premiere production at Park Avenue Armory, one of the city’s most unique performance spaces.

Ticket price: $30 Rush tickets
Run dates: June 9 – August 13, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Alex Edelman: Just For Us

Alex Edelman shares funny stories about his life and family in his solo comedy show, but he also recounts the harrowing tale of his personal encounter with an alt-right group that spewed anti-Semitic hate at him online.

Alex Edelman: Just For Us

Ticket price: $20 Rush tickets
Run dates: June 13 – July 23, 2022
Details: At 10 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Heart

His Dark Materials star Jade Anouka makes her playwriting debut with a solo show about picking up your heart after heartbreak and learning to heal it so you can find love again.

Ticket price: $25 Rush tickets
Run dates:
July 9 – August 14, 2022
Details:
At 9 a.m. each performance day, Rush tickets become available. To purchase, download the TodayTix app and unlock Rush by sharing about the show on social media. Set an alert to be the first to know when tickets are available each day.

Which New York theatre shows have Lottery tickets available?

Find out all the TodayTix Lotteries you can enter right now. Each Lottery has different rules for entries, so browse here for information about how to enter each one.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Two generations of wizards and witches get swept up in a time-traveling adventure in the Wizarding World: a now-adult Harry Potter and his former schoolmates, and their children now studying at Hogwarts. Originally a two-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been reimagined as one part for the show’s Broadway reopening, with all the mesmerizing special effects intact.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Ticket price: $40 Lottery tickets
Run dates: From November 12, 2021
Details: To enter the Friday Forty Lottery, download the TodayTix app. The Lottery opens for entries every Monday at 12:01 a.m. for the following week’s performances, and entries will be accepted until 1 p.m. each Friday. Set an alert to be notified when the Lottery opens each Monday. Winners will be notified between 1 and 5 p.m. each Friday, and they will have one hour to claim and purchase their tickets on the app. Winners can pick up their tickets at the box office no later than one hour prior to the performance.

Plaza Suite

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick star as three couples who all, at various times, stay in one famous room at the Plaza Hotel. One couple’s longstanding relationship is going downhill, another pair of high school sweethearts are ready to make a commitment, and a third couple tries to coax their daughter out of the bathroom, where she’s trapped herself out of nervousness before her own wedding.

Plaza Suite

Ticket price: $39 Lottery tickets
Run dates: February 25 – July 10, 2022
Details: To enter, download the TodayTix app. The Lottery opens for entries the day of each performance. Set an alert to be notified when the Lottery opens each day. Winners will be notified two to four hours before their chosen performance, and they will have 45 minutes to claim and purchase their tickets on the TodayTix app. Winners can pick up their tickets at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

The Bedwetter

Comedian Sarah Silverman has adapted her memoir of the same name into a hilarious new musical. Its central character is a 10-year-old Sarah with secrets she’ll never share (except in the musical’s title).

The Bedwetter

Ticket price: $30 Lottery tickets
Run dates: April 30 – June 19, 2022
Details: To enter, download the TodayTix app. The Lottery opens for entries every Monday at 12:01 a.m. for that week’s performances. Set an alert to be notified when the Lottery opens each week. Winners will be notified two to five hours before their chosen performance, and they will have 30 minutes to claim and purchase their tickets on the TodayTix app.