If you missed the Broadway smash “RENT” back in the late 90s, now’s your chance to experience it. (The show’s signature song “Seasons of Love” is worth the price of admission alone.) From DCPA: “The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters.” The show won the Tony for Best Musical in 1996.
The tradition of $20 tickets began in 1996, when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre. The production continues the beloved tradition at every performance. (Many popular Broadway shows followed their lead in the following years and offered similar discount ticket lotteries.) Seats in the first two rows of the orchestra section will be available for $20, when the musical plays the Buell Theatre from Tuesday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 21. There are 26 seats available in total.
Here’s how the ticket lottery works:
The show plays at 7:30 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday and Sunday. (Theater lovers know that shows are typically dark on Mondays. However, the show does play on Monday, November 20.) Two-and-a-half hours prior to each performance (11:30 a.m. for matinée and 5 p.m. for evening performances), enter your name into the random drawing at the DCPA box office.
You must have a valid photo ID. Thirty minutes later (noon and 5:30 p.m., respectively), names will be drawn for a limited number of tickets at $20 each. Cash or credit accepted. For promo details, click here.
It’s definitely a deal because front orchestra tickets are regularly up to $115 each. The lottery is only available in-person, with a limit of two tickets per winner. (You can enter to win just one ticket, too.) Limit one entry per person. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid photo ID to purchase tickets. Good luck!
MHOTC Tip: If you’re going alone, look for another solo-ticket seeker and partner up. It will double your chances of winning, if you each enter for two tickets rather than one. Theater seems to attract really friendly people, so it’s easier than you think to ask. Don’t be shy!