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gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
Rush "Rules"
Posted: 7/10/12 at 11:56pm
I have a few rush questions.
Must all people stay in line until the tickets are given out, or can 1 person stay to represent everybody, then have some people wander around the city??
Where do you wait for rush?
Whats the normal time to arrive (hours) before a rush?
What do you bring?
Can you bring chairs?
Can two people (out of 4) leave for a few minutes then return?
THANKS!
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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Rush
Posted: 7/11/12 at 12:01am
Usually rush line etiquette dictates that you don't leave for hours on end and if you're getting the maximum per person, then both of you should be there the majority of the time. (If there are 2 of you getting 4 tickets, make sure both of you are there!)

You can bring chairs. Or at least I have to Anything Goes and BoM.

Look for a line. If there isn't one, ask. If there's no one to ask, start one as close to the box office as possible.

As for times, check here: http://www.broadwayspotted.com/category/rush-report/
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dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Rush
Posted: 7/11/12 at 12:14am
If you only need 4 tickets, 2 of you should be in line MOST of the time. If a second of you leaves to grab a drink or for a potty run, that's understandable. However, it does cause problems is one stands in line and then at the last minute more show up all expecting to get tickets.

Last week my dd really wanted to see BOM (which I've seen 2) I told her she needed to stay in line as my ds was not going and shouldn't be expected to waste his day there (he's too young to be on his own.) We only were getting the two SRO tix due to ONE of us, so it was kosher that I came and went. We made sure those behind us understood that I wasn't stepping in for another 2 tix.
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tmbyru
Stand-by
joined:12/4/11
Rush
Posted: 7/11/12 at 07:48am
Bring whatever you want to be comfortable. Chairs, yoga mats, movies, an excited college kid from out of town. I agree that if you want 4 tickets, you should have at least 2 people there most of the time. Leaving to pee and drink is fine. Leaving to go take a nap is not so much. If you have someone to get there at 7 to get in line first and then someone else shows up around 9, I don't see the problem with that. But if someone shows up at 9:55 when the office opens at 10, then I would be a bit grumpy with you, but would deal since your partner in crime did in fact get there before me. It's about planning. Some shows only need one person for two tix while others like One Man needs a person per ticket. In the case of one per person, I would have your party there the same amount of time b/c tix are in demand and people are likely to give you more dirty looks if you surprise them with a band of brothers just before the BO opens.

Updated On: 7/11/12 at 07:48 AM
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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Rush
Posted: 7/11/12 at 08:19am
Also, if you sing in line, don't do it too often, and if you do, get the lyrics right.

And if you're a theatre student, don't admit you don't know who Ben Vereen is.

(I've witnessed both of these things.)
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dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Rush
Posted: 7/11/12 at 08:31am
And to pass the time, chat with those around you. My daughter and I met two lovely young ladies from SINGAPORE. So interesting talking to them aboout their experiences in America.
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Kelly2
Broadway Legend
joined:1/5/07
Rush
Posted: 7/11/12 at 08:48am
Or don't chat with those around you. Not to be rude but on the rare occasions that I wake up early enough to rush, I'm in a grumpy "I got up way too early" mood and would rather be left to my book. I know not everyone is the same but judge the situation before being annoying.

My general rule is don't be a d*ck. Basic etiquette is really all you need. Have enough people in line at all times for purchase the amount of tickets you intend on purchasing (switching out doesn't bother me, but I disagree with the poster above that having someone join you an hour or two into rush is okay). You can bring whatever you want with you but just know I have seen belligerent cops get into it with people who bring larger types of chairs or who "set up camp" so to speak in the middle of the street.

As far as what to bring and when to get there, it depends on the show for the time, so if you have something specific in mind, go on a case by case basis. I usually bring some water and a snack of some kind and a book. Sometimes I'll bring my iPad but most of the time I don't really feel like being that as*hole sitting on an NYC street staring at my iPad for hours on end.
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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Rush
Posted: 7/11/12 at 10:03am
Yeah, constant chatter is not for everybody. It's fun to talk to people in line who want to talk, but sometimes people around you might be sleeping. (I've been both.)
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gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
Rush
Posted: 7/16/12 at 11:34am
*BUMP* another question! If you rush on a Wed. and there is 2 performances, can you buy tickets to the evening performance when the box office opens, or is it only for the matinee? Thanks!
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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Rush
Posted: 7/16/12 at 11:51am
I don't know about other shows, but you can't at The Book of Mormon -- they only start to sell standing room tickets one hour prior to showtime.
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broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
Rush
Posted: 7/16/12 at 11:58am
Almost all shows will let you buy both shows when the box office opens. The only exceptions are standing room and a few select shows that only sell rush a few hours before the performance (Porgy and Bess comes to mind.)

Check

www.broadwayforbrokepeople.com

for specific rush policies. If it doesn't say anything about waiting a certain number of hours before performance, then you can buy all performances on that day when the box office opens.
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ArtMan
Broadway Legend
joined:9/10/08
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 07:56am
Bumping this thread. I was in a rush line over the weekend. Was fifth in line. Stood in the line 2 and a half hours. Five minutes, before the box office opened, a mother or older sister, (couldn't tell) joined the one in line and then proceeded to purchase an additional two tickets. her total wait was five minutes. When they purchased their tickets and I saw what they did, I inquired first to how many tickets they purchased. When I was told three, I stated that "wasn't very cool". You don't join a rush line at the last minute to purchase additional tickets. Of course the people in front of them, could have cared less. But the person behind me, "a regular rusher", didn't see the big deal. I told her it would be if there was an exact amount and you were cut off. Karma ended up ruling the day. They ended up being at the beginning of the row and I was center. When sitting, the older sister or mother stated something to the other, I guess about what I had said. She looked over at me and I gave her one great STINK EYE.
stevenycguy
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/05
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 08:47am
If someone left for more than 5 or 10 minutes, I would certainly bring that to the attention of theater staff, as it's unfair to everyone else who suffered through the experience.
Updated On: 6/11/14 at 08:47 AM
ArtMan
Broadway Legend
joined:9/10/08
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 09:03am
Steve, the person never left the line. They joined the line, for the first time, five minutes before the box office opened. I feel the same way you do. But some , who were in the line, did not see the problem. I feel like the box office staff would have said, "what difference does it make...you got your ticket!"

Updated On: 6/11/14 at 09:03 AM
stevenycguy
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/05
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 10:05am
That would be considered cheating. Trust me, that would not happen if I were waiting on the rush line.
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 10:28am
Did BOM standing room a lot when it was the original cast. On the hot summer days, we were allowing people to go for chill out breaks (20 or 30 minutes) every couple of hours. That was also when it was an all day affair. We also did 30 to 45 minute lunch breaks. But again, we were there all freaking day, and no one had a problem with it.
neonlightsxo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/29/08
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 10:29am
Yeah, that's not okay. Anyone who has rushed more than once should know better.
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 10:59am
The whole line was doing it. Everyone was friendly and there were no problems. And it was really hot.

For a General rush I would agree taking long breaks is not permitted. The box office opens at 10 am (12 on Sundays) wait it out.

But BOM SRO line was an all day affair. People were waiting out in the hot weather for HOURS. There was always at least one person from the pair in line, 2 tickets per. So we would trade off. go get lunch cool off, come back and send the next person.

Updated On: 6/11/14 at 10:59 AM
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haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 11:03am
411, I think that comment was to ArtMan.
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
Rush
Posted: 6/11/14 at 11:11am
Thanks, I didn't see it when I typed that, thought it was directed at my response.

 
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