Loyal readers know that this morning, when I awoke to a major snowstorm, my first thought was “Book of Mormon tickets!”
The Book of Mormon has been selling out months in advance since before it opened, but a major snow storm? That means cancellations and empty seats and maybe, just maybe, a shot at a ticket in my lifetime.
So Mr TBTAM, who teaches at a private school and had a snow day, headed on over to the box office this afternoon to see if he could score us two seats.
And as it turns out, there were cancellations. At $170 and $250 a seat. But you don’t know my husband. Full price for a theater ticket? What, are you nuts?…
But wait! There were SRO tickets for $25 apiece! (Who knew?…) But you don’t know me. Stand for a whole play? What, are you nuts?…
That left the daily lottery. Which was what we were banking on.
I mean it was a literal blizzard out there. How many people stand outside the box office in the snow two hours before showtime hoping to get their name pulled out of a hat for a couple of lousy $32 single seats?
About 350 people, if you really want to know.
And that’s about 50 more than the average on a Thursday night. Guess I’m not the only one who woke up today with a bright idea.
The good news was that because of the storm, there were a few more seats than usual available for the lottery. Thirty seats in total, to be exact.
But the best news?
WE WON THE LOTTERY AND SCORED TWO SEATS!
I mean, what are the odds?…
So at 5:30 I ran out of the office, then home to feed and walk the dog, then over to take the R train to 49th and 7th, arriving to meet Mr TBTAM at the theater with 30 minutes to spare. That meant time for a bathroom stop before the play, while the ladies’ rooms was empty. (I mean, what are the odds of that?…)
And as for the Book of Mormon musical itself, all I can say is SEE IT. It is absolutely brilliant.
There are moments when I pinch myself, wondering if I really am living the New York City dream.
But tonight? I know I am.