The Ultimate Getting Show Tickets when Traveling Quiz

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The Ultimate Getting Show Tickets when Traveling Quiz
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About This Quiz

A trip to New York City would not be complete without seeing a musical or play. Learn how to get a great seat at a great price for a theatrical experience that will leave you with enough money for a late night snack in the theater district. Take this quiz to find out more about how to get show tickets.
Where is the best place to see a live play or musical?
New York
Chicago
both answers
The best place to see a live play or musical is in a big city like New York or Chicago.

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Where can you purchase tickets to live plays or musicals?
online Websites
box office
both answers
You can purchase tickets to see a play or musicals through online Web sites that offer tickets or go to the actual box office.

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How can you get a great seat for a performance?
buy in advance
buy from a ticket broker
both answers
If you buy your ticket in advance you may get a better seat, but there is no guarantee. Purchasing your ticket from a ticket broker such as Ticketmaster may also get you a good seat.

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How can you quickly find out where you actual seat is located?
order a seating chart from the venue
view the venue seating chart on the venue's Website
You can usually view the seating layout by going to the venue's Web site and viewing the seating chart.
neither answer

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What is a smartphone app for theatre tickets?
TheatreMania
New York City Tickets
both answers
If you have an iPhone use the app for TheatreMania, New York City Tickets or BroadwayWorld.

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What time are the evening performances of plays and musicals?
6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
7 p.m. or 8 p.m.
The evening performances are traditionally offered at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.
6 p.m. or 8 p.m.

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What day are theaters usually closed?
Sunday
Monday
Theaters are usually closed on Monday. This is a longstanding tradition.
never close

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Why is Monday the dark day?
small audiences
Monday was chosen as the dark day for theaters, because audiences tended to be the smallest as people returned to work and school.
large audiences
union rules

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What time are matinee shows?
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
Matinees are usually performed at 2 p.m.
3 p.m.

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What days are matinees usually performed?
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Matinees are usual performed on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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When did "The Phantom of the Opera" start running at the Majestic Theater on Broadway?
January of 1979
January of 1988
"The Phantom of the Opera" started its run in January of 1988.
January of 2005

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What is a performance preview?
performances prior to the actual opening
less polished performance
both answers
Most musicals or plays have a preview period of several weeks prior to the actual opening of the show. The preview period performances may not be as polished as those after the actual opening.

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Why may you want to purchase tickets to a preview performance?
cost less
Tickets to a preview performance may cost less and be easier to acquire.
cost more
difficult to acquire

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What may happen if you wait till late in the run to purchase tickets?
miss the original cast
If you wait, you may not catch the original cast in the performance.
less quality performers
cheaper tickets

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Where can you get tickets for a sold out performance?
standby line
If tickets are sold out, you may try the standby line and pick up a last minute ticket due to a cancellation.
box office for a price premium
both answers

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What is the lottery rush policy?
random ticket drawings before showtime--available for students
for sold-out performances
both answers
Some theaters offer tickets to sold-out performances by random drawing before show begins. Lottery rushes are sometimes limited to students.

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Where is the seating for SRO tickets?
front row
balcony
no seat
SRO means "standing room only" so there is no seat offered, but you will get a cheap ticket to a great performance.

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Why are the price of standby tickets reduced?
previously sold tickets
ticket holder canceled at the last minute
both answers
Standby tickets have already been sold and the ticket holder canceled at the last minute--the theater then resells the ticket. The theater makes additional revenue and a lucky person gets a ticket for a great price.

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What is the risk of purchasing a show ticket from Craigslist or eBay?
counterfeit ticket
You may spend money on a counterfeit ticket.
poor seating
poorly performed show

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Which of these is a Broadway musical?
"Chicago"
"Chicago" is a Broadway musical.
"When Harry Met Sally"
"Red"

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You Got:
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