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Cheap Broadway tickets are hard to come by. But it does happen, and sometimes in very creative ways.
Take, for example, the Broadway musical "Wicked." The folks there will place you in the front row for a fraction of the price of a ticket by drawing your name from a hat during a daily ritual at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre called the $25 lottery.
So if the $50 and $110 price range of "Wicked" tickets turns you off or you are simply shut out of a sold-out show, there is still hope. Here's how it works:
"Wicked" folks at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre will place your name in a hat 2.5 hours before each show. You must physically be at the theater to place your name in the hat at that time. Two hours before the show starts, the theater workers draw 28 names out of the hat to be given $25 front-row seats for that day's show. There is a limit of two lottery tickets per person and you must pay in cash.
"Wicked" is a musical about how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch met and became friends long before Dorothy descended upon Oz.