Thursday, March 24, 2011

Billy Elliot The Musical

My wife and I wanted to go see Billy Elliot, the musical, playing at the Canon Theatre on Yonge Street. But we didn't want to pay full price, have you seen what a full price ticket goes for these days?So we decided to try our luck in the daily ticket lottery.
Here's how it works.
You show up at the box office at 5:30 on the day of the show and put your name into a drum for a random draw for 20 tickets to that nights show. The seats up for grabs were floor box seats, the furthest box being six rows from the stage. These seats regularly cost $107 each, but if you win the draw you could get up to two of the seats for $25 each. The draw takes place at 6:00pm sharp and the show starts at 7:30m. You have to be there at the draw at 6:00pm to win the tickets.
This is a shot of our seats I took with my iPhone. I had to be sneaky about it, but the seats are pretty good.
We were the first names pulled out of the drum and got to see Billy Elliot last night for $50.
Six rows up from the stage in a private box with one other couple who had also won tickets in the lottery. We ended up saving $157 off the price of the tickets.
There was a pretty big crowd by the time the names were pulled from the drum, so there are no guarantees that you will actually get tickets.This is also only in effect on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but if you are looking for something different to do, why not give it a try. The odds are pretty good and even if you don't win some tickets to the show you can have a nice dinner downtown instead.
The show by the way, was really good.
Great story, great cast (for the most part), cool set, and the music was awesome.
If you were thinking about it, go, you won't be disappointed, especially if you get same day rush tickets!

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