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'Wicked' will offer limited $25 orchestra seats in daily lottery


Is $100 too much for your broke ass to catch the biggest musical of the decade? Well, there's an exceptional Plan B ... if you're lucky. 

Those local stage fanatics who've been waiting years to finally see the Wizard of Oz-themed Wicked have only one more week to wait for the blockbuster's Vegas debut, which runs Aug. 29-Oct. 7. However, unless you're willing to settle for the nosebleed sections, a good seat carries a triple-digit cost. (Which may be why plenty of them are still available, despite Smith Center CEO Myron Martin's prediction in March that the five-week run would sell out in six hours.)

But there's a promotion that could land you awesome tickets for a steal. Wicked, like many Broadway and traveling stage shows, institutes a limited-ticket, same-day rush discount. This assists theater diehards of lesser means -- often students -- in attending the big-ticket shows.

Those looking to score cheap tickets in the orchestra section must show up at The Smith Center two-and-a-half hours before each performance to put their names in a lottery drum. Thirty minutes later, a drawing takes place. If you're name comes up, a photo ID and $25 (cash only) gets you up to two tickets

Those who won't leave anything to chance can also join The Smith Center discount e-mail list (check the bottom of the venue's homepage), which just sent out a discount code for the 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 matinee, offering patrons $55 orchestra seats.