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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!

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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#1
Posted: 10/15/10 at 8:41am
According to Telecharge Driving Miss Daisy does have rush

Student Rush: $47.50 - Available at the Box Office only on the day of the performance - Limit 1 ticket per valid ID - Subject to availability.

I think $47.50 is insane for rush but the seats may be better than the rear mezz. I saw the show last nite and had rear mezz seats OMG probably one of the worst seats I've ever sat in. The rows are so close to together it was very cramped and not comfortable
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#2
Posted: 10/15/10 at 10:25am
But how was the SHOW?
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#2
Posted: 10/15/10 at 10:48am
NO ONE RUSHES MISS DAISY!! She just follows along....
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#3
Posted: 10/15/10 at 11:32am
NO ONE RUSHES MISS DAISY!! She just follows along....


That is Great!
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#4
Posted: 10/15/10 at 6:57pm
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I thought James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave were amazing. The Show is worth it just to see them live and Boyd Gaines.
The show itself eh it was a little slow and parts and it felt a little long even tho it was only 90 minutes. I noticed the audience was mostly older people aside from my theatre class. I felt like we were the youngest ones there.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#5
Posted: 10/17/10 at 9:38am
Yesterday I did rush for Driving Miss Daisy, I got to the box office at 10A (when they opened) and I was suprised that I was the only one in line waiting for rush tickets. My seats were Row E in the rear mezz. I actually had no problem with the seats I heard and saw everything just fine.
As for the show itself, I thought the show was PHENOMENAL stellar performances by the entire cast. I definitely see TONY nominations for all three actors and the show itself. As for James Earl Jones performance- you could tell he wasn't feeling well but I think he still gave a BRILLIANT performance, occassionally there was a line or two that I missed but I'm already familiar with the story and film Driving Miss Daisy- so I already knew what was going on in the scene. As for Vanessa Redgrave she gave a magnificient and dazzling performance and so did Boyd Gaines.
At stage door, I think the whole crowd was AMAZED at how kind and gracious the stars were. Vanessa Redgrave- she has such a GREAT personality- she's amazing, she special. For ex. I asked another theatre-goer to hold my camera so I could get a pic of me and Vanessa. Vanessa is telling the camera guy how to hold my camera and where to stand so we could get the best show. It was hilarious!! But she was very nice!! And this guy is so nervous but we still got a GREAT shot. James Earl Jones didn't do stage door, which I didn't expect him to because as I said you could tell he wasn't felling well.

OVERALL, Driving Miss Daisy is A MUST SEE!!
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#6
Posted: 10/17/10 at 10:28am
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Were the tickets really $47.50?
That seems kinda high for a rush
& Was it cash only?
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#7
Posted: 10/17/10 at 11:06am
tking001,
Yes, the ticket was $47.50 and no, it's not cash only , I was allowed to pay with a credit card yesterday.

I thought $47.50 was pricey too but I think one of the reasons for that may be that this show is only open for 16 weeks.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#8
Posted: 10/17/10 at 11:24am
I went on Friday and the box office lady told me that they weren't doing rush at all. She was very rude about it. She said the show was almost completely sold out for the whole run and that I better pony up and buy a regular ticket quick. :/ I guess I will try again next week... obviously she's giving some people rush tickets.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#9
Posted: 10/17/10 at 11:54am
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I am beginning to think that student rush for Driving Miss Daisy may only apply to select performances on certain days of the week. That in no way excuses the employee's rude attitude. Because when I went to the box office yesterday, the woman working the box office had to ask her supervisor if they were selling student rush tickets for the Saturday 8pm show. Luckily for me they said yes.

You may want to call Telecharge and verify if student rush is for every performance of Driving Miss Daisy or only certain performances.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#10
Posted: 10/20/10 at 9:43am
Not sure how accurate/enacted this is, but Telecharge now lists the rush as being $26.50, 1 per ID, and not valid on Friday or Saturday evenings.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#11
Posted: 10/20/10 at 10:48am
If that's true, I will cry as I JUST paid $47.50 on Monday. Whatever. It was worth it. Such a good production.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#12
Posted: 10/20/10 at 11:48am
Anyone know if the rush is now normal?
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#13
Posted: 10/20/10 at 11:53am
The staff at the box office knows.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#14
Posted: 10/20/10 at 11:56am
I know. After seeing it on Telecharge, I went to the box office, and got a ticket for tonight. $26.50 -- Rear Mezz Row E.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#15
Posted: 10/20/10 at 12:54pm
I went to the box office last night only expecting to inquire about the rush. When I was told that it was $26.50 per ticket, I reconsidered my plans and decided to go to the show. I was first told that my friend and I would get the first row of the rear mezzanine, roughly 6 or so seats off center. When we finally made our decision to attend the performance, we were then offered row C, but more towards center - 107 and 109. Seems as though they just fill in whatever is available in the rear mezz.

Seating: the rear mezz is pretty steep with not so much leg room. I'm very short and often ask about a booster seat, but the ushers said they don't have any since the Golden mostly houses adult-oriented plays. The seats were steep enough that I didn't need anything to see over the average-height theatergoers in front of me.

Audience: the last 2 rows (at $66.50 per regularly priced ticket) were almost completely full but rpws D-F were pretty empty. The ushers didn't let those in the last 2 rows move into closer seats, stating that they had a late seating policy and can't move people. Some people moved mid-show though and the ushers didn't seem to mind then. My biggest complaint about the rear mezz: every single noise seemed amplified because of the cavernous space. Most of the rear mezz attendees were very noisily unwrapping candies, shifting their shopping bags around, talking to neighbors, etc. I guess that's what price you pay for not shelling out big bucks to sit in a section with, perhaps, those who might be more well-behaved at the theater. [An aside: WHY do shows sell so many ridiculous things at the concessions stands?! I know it's just a wonderful way for them to make additional revenue, but couldn't it be sacrificed - especially for a 90 minute play with only 3 actors and very few children in the audience? If I can't hear the 3 people in the production because they are being drowned out by the plastic cups and M&Ms, doesn't that diminish the quality of the performance? Clearly they're in this biz for the money, not for the audience's experiences.]

The play: I'd never read it before, but it still managed to feel familiar and accessible (I was a bit worried about being able to hear and understand it easily, given the distance from the stage/amplification and aforementioned noise). I loved each scene, but now I feel like it could've had a little more conflict. [Potential spoiler] For example, in the scene where Daisy and Hoke travel out of Georgia to visit her relatives, I felt like it was building up to something particularly ominous, but felt like the scene ended kind of abruptly. I guess I was expecting something more, since I felt that the KKK and anti-colored signs were alluding to a tragic event of some sort. Oh the whole I thought it was a great play that balanced dramatic moments with comedy and showed us the everyday struggles and heartfelt moments of Hoke and Daisy's friendship.

The creative elements [spoilers throughout especially if you're like me and enjoy creative elements]: the set was fairly sparse - and it moved! I find it interesting that musicals might choose to not use any moving set pieces (In the Heights, for example) but this show had moving pieces galore - a staircase, a desk, kitchen pieces all on tracks; a turntable (on which was a bench and a chair or two which, when coupled with a steering wheel on a beam, made up the car); a flip-door type trap which brought up a gravestone. I thought the moving pieces were used very effectively - except I would've moved the desk more off-stage, because whenever they were in the car (down stage left), the desk was behind it in full-view up stage left and took away from the car scenes a little, as well as the projection. Fantastic effective use of projection! It showed us the dates of scenes as time progressed, gave a traveling effect when in car scenes, backdrops for outdoor scenes, etc. I thought the lighting and costuming were just kind of "there" - effective, but other than that, not much. Who knew that Daisy would wear the same outfit for over 20 years! (really, no costume change?!) I felt like they should've made an earnest effort to show the passage of time, especially since the actors don't appear drastically older and the set doesn't show any modernity as the play progresses (the kitchen's the same, the car's the same bare-bones structure from '48 through the 60s). It seemed like they put so much effort into the physical location part of the setting (kitchen, office, car, on the road, etc.) but not into most other technical elements.

The acting: Truly what made this such a great night at the theater. James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave seemed perfectly made for these roles and had fantastic chemistry. Even from the rear mezz, it seemed like every movement, action, reaction and line was perfectly calibrated for their characters in each particular scene in their lives - spot-on humor, frankness, frustration, despair, camaraderie. Redgrave was a quintessential bossy southern matron; Jones a perfect balance - carefree, honest, funny, down-to-earth and simple, but also world-weary and struggling to scrape by. Boyd Gaines was effective but hardly a standout (though his part isn't made to be so) - his Boolie doesn't fall far from his mother's tree. I think his is a very nuanced performance. I fell in love with Hoke especially and was a mess at the end of the show.

Apologies for thread-jacking! Go see it - via student rush if you can!
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#16
Posted: 10/20/10 at 2:56pm
Wow! So the box office charged one poster over $20 more than another for the same student rush seat...I would be really upset with them if that was me, and write a letter demanding a partial refund. For anyone who wants to see this for less without doing the rush, I know from being in NYC on Monday night for the Normal Heart benefit that Miss Daisy tix were selling at the TKTS booth for 40% off. Don't know what that comes out to, or whether it happens often, but it might be an alternative.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#17
Posted: 10/20/10 at 3:12pm
I don't know exactly what happened, since I only asked about the policy yesterday 10/19 and hadn't been there to ask about it when they were still charging $47.50, but I'm guessing that they set it originally at $47.50 and then it was dropped down to $26.50. They're still in previews, so it's possible they just hadn't solidified their policy yet.
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#18
Posted: 10/21/10 at 11:27am
That's exactly what happened. I asked about the change at the box office yesterday and the guy there told me that they started at $47.50, but they changed it. I don't think it's just for previews. He also told me that the rush is every single day, subject to availability, even Friday and Saturday evenings. (Of course, it may never be available on Fridays and Saturdays. But the policy is not excluding any performances.)
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#19
Posted: 3/23/11 at 4:36pm
Anyone try this recently? What's it like? How early do you think I'd have to get there to get a single ticket to Saturday's matinee?
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Driving Miss Daisy Rush!#20
Posted: 3/23/11 at 5:08pm
I literally just did this for the matinee today. Got to the theater around 9:30 and there were I think 5 people before me. 3 or 4 more came by the time the box office opened. I got a row A rear mezz seat.