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Let’s Make a Deal

May 9th, 2011

Oklahoma at Arena Stage. Photo by Suzanne Blue Star Boy

Theater ticket prices got you down? Finding it hard to decide between making your mortgage payment or buying two tickets to Wicked? Two news stories hit this weekend promising some relief for every musical-lover’s pocketbook.

  • It used to be that if you wanted The Book of Mormon for free, you had to steal it from a hotel nightstand. Not anymore. reports that the producers of the smash musical about Mormon missionaries in Uganda are offering a free fan performance July 1. Pairs of tickets will be given out via a lottery made up of those who have entered the show’s daily ticket lotteries or checked into Foursquare using a code outside the theater. Additional details will be available on the show’s website and at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
  • Speaking of great deals, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. today unveiled a new “Pay Your Age” ticket program. Beginning with this summer’s return of their acclaimed production of Oklahoma, theater patrons ages 5 to 30 can purchase one of a select number of seats at each performance at a discounted price that matches their age. Ah, to be 20 again. Tickets can be ordered via phone or in person but you’ll need to provide proof of your birthdate at the box office when you pick up the tickets–so Botox and good lighting aren’t going to cut it.
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