It's the hottest ticket in town. The Tony award-winning The Book of Mormon opens its national tour at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House next Tuesday -- creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are hometown heroes, after all -- and all the seats were sold out the first day tickets went on sale in January.
Make that almost all the tickets. Turns out, the producers reserved 24 for each show, and will be offering low-priced lottery seats in every city on the national tour as a thank you for the show's fans. That's $25 per seat, rather than the gazillion that scalpers are now charging.
Here are the details for Denver:
Entries will be accepted at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.
The show runs through September 2, which gives you dozens of chances to get lucky. For more information on the show, go to www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com. And for more on the ticket scams out there, see this warning:
Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts - denvercenter.org - is the ONLY authorized online seller of tickets for Denver Center Attractions (the Broadway touring productions) and the Denver Center Theatre Company (the resident theatre company productions). Currently there are scalpers, also known as 'second party vendors,' selling tickets online at a rate more than double the standard price - and up. Tickets bought through these vendors MAY NOT BE VALID. You could not only be refused admission, but also lose your entire investment.
Gulp. See you outside the Ellie next Tuesday afternoon. And remember, camping on the sidewalks overnight is now prohibited in Denver...