Lottery deals for Denver's American Idiot, Book of Mormon (in NYC)

Want to see The Book of Mormon? The touring show's Denver dates in August are officially sold out, with tickets going for astronomical amounts on the web. At this point, your best bet might be to fly to New York (Jet Blue has a one-day sale today), then get in line outside the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on West 49th Street, Broadway theater, where people were having no trouble buying tickets for most performances at face value last week -- and where you can also put your name in a lottery two and a half hours before each performance, for a chance at getting two tickets (and good tickets) at just $32 each.

Will Denver have a similar lottery deal for The Book of Mormon? The Denver Center doesn't have any details on that yet, but it is offering a lottery for American Idiot, the 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical featuring the music of Green Day, which opens today. (Read Susan Froyd's interview with cast member Leslie McDonel here.)

Here's the deal, as described by the Denver Center:

Denver Center Attractions announces a day-of-performance lottery for Green Day's American Idiot. 2½ hours prior to each performance, patrons at The Buell Theatre box office will enter their names into a lottery drum. Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for 22 seats located in the first two rows of the orchestra pit at $25 each. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. American Idiot plays the Buell Theatre March 6 - March 11, 2012. Additional tickets are now on sale at www.denvercenter.org or by calling 303.893.4100.

The lottery for tonight's opening show starts at 5:30 p.m., with the winners announced at 6 p.m. Show time is at 8 p.m.

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