Rush tickets are normally available either when the box office opens or a few hours before the production starts and are typically $25-35 each. Sometimes a student ID is required to purchase tickets (though often with one student ID, two tickets can be purchased). Many times, box offices will only accept cash as payment for rush tickets, so arrive at the box office prepared. Sometimes these tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis, other times there is a lottery to determine who will get tickets.
There are even a handful of shows that have online lotteries for these tickets, which can make it logistically easier to get them, but likely causes there to be a lot more competition for each ticket.
Online Discount Ticket Lotteries
Here are some of the shows that currently offer online ticket lotteries for same-day tickets. Prices vary by show but are generally $27-35/ticket with a two-ticket limit.
- Fun Home - digital lottery available via TodayTix app
- Gentleman's Guide To Love & Murder Lottery - online lottery opens once previous performance has begun and closes 3.5 hours before showtime
- Jersey Boys Lottery - online lottery opens once previous performance has begun and closes 3.5 hours before showtime
- Kinky Boots Lottery - online lottery opens once previous performance has begun and closes 3.5 hours before showtime
- Something Rotten Lottery - online lottery opens once previous performance has begun and closes 3.5 hours before showtime
Standing Room Only Tickets
Keep in mind, these tickets are what they say and you won't have a seat for the performance. Sometimes you'll be able to sit in an unoccupied seat after the intermission, but there are no guarantees, so I'd go to the production prepared to stand for the duration of the show.
These are usually available only when a show is completely sold out and often distributed after the rush ticket lottery is completed.
Tips for Getting Rush & Standing-Room-Only Tickets
With so many variables depending on the production and box office rules, the most accurate information can be found out about rush and standing room only tickets by calling the box office for the particular show you'd like to see. In my experience, they are very helpful and can even tell you which nights might be easiest for getting tickets. Playbill.com maintains a listing of rush and standing room only performances and guidelines that is very helpful, but I would still encourage you to contact the production directly to confirm that the details are up-to-date.
Playbill's directory of Broadway shows is the most comprehensive I've found and has all the information you need to contact the theater.