Even though regular ticket prices range from $49 to $169 (plus fees) for the Broadway musical "Wicked," bargain hunters willing to take their chances on a nightly lottery can score them for $25.
Now through Oct. 27, (a prodigious 6-week run), ticket buyers can line up about 2 1/2 hours before showtime for a day-of-performance lottery. Two hours before the show starts at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on the day, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats.
Each person whose name is drawn can buy up to two tickets, cash only. A valid photo ID must be provided if chosen. Unlike previous promotions, ticket buyers do not have to be students or educators. Anyone is eligible, unless you're unlucky enough to have walked away temporarily while your name was called. In other words, you must be present to win... the opportunity to pay for a $25 ticket.
"Wicked, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s Enchanted and Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”) is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone," according to Hennepin Theatre Trust .
On May 29 and 31, Spirit Airlines treated nearly 2,000 Twin Cities fliers to vouchers for a free flight to selected cities. Those who stood in line to receive the voucher and then signed up for Spirit's frequent flier program within a few days were told that the 20,000 points would be in their accounts July 1.
But several readers contacted me to say that on July 1, their accounts still didn't have the 20,000 points. I contacted Spirit Airlines and was told that all of the points had been added to people's accounts on July 9, according to Misty Pinson, director of corporate communications for Spirit.
Customers who received the vouchers were originally told that they would have until 30 days after July 1 to book the trip, but Pinson said that because of the delay, those who received their vouchers on May 29 or 31 will have 30 days after July 9 to book flights. Note: the trip does not need to be taken within the next 30 days--just booked.
The voucher is for 20,000 points, which can be used to 14 cities, including Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Latrobe, Myrtle Beach, New York, Niagara Falls, Plattsburgh and Washington DC.
The flight can be between now and February. There is at least a $5 charge for taxes and fees, but fees vary based on the destination and the booking date. There is also the fee ($28 to $33) for carry-on baggage unless it's small enough to fit under the seat (maximum size 16 x 14 by 12-inches).
Spirit now flies nonstop from MSP to Chicago O'Hare three times daily from the Humphrey Terminal. It also flies nonstop daily to Las Vegas, which is not one of the cities on the list for a free flight
Spirit Airlines, which started service from Terminal 2 this week, is offering nonstop flights from MSP to Chicago O"Hare or Las Vegas for $28.73 each way (including taxes). The special offer is good through midnight June 2.
Most of the flights are mid-week and are limited to the following dates:
Depart Minneapolis to Chicago: June 2, 5, 6, 12, 13 and 19 (6:25 a.m., 11:10 a.m or 6:20 p.m departures.)
Return from Chicago to Minneapolis: June 2, 5, 6, 9, 16 and 23 (8:55 a.m., 4:05 p.m. or 7:25 p.m. departures)
Depart from Minneapolis to Las Vegas: June 9, 17, September 10, 11, 17 and 24 (9:30 p.m. departure)
Return from Las Vegas to Minneapolis: June 8, September 6, 7, 12, 14 and 21 (12.25 a.m.--yes a.m. departure)
Reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable unless a refund request is made within 24 hours of the initial reservation and is seven days or more prior to departure. Go to Spirit.com for reservations. You do not need to be a member of the $9 Club to get the inexpensive fare.
Update: All vouchers tickets were given away by 1 p.m. Thursday, said Michael Pewther, senior director of sales at Spirit. About 25 people were left without a voucher as the Spirit reps drove away in their yellow bus.
Want to try the new, budget airline in the Twin Cities without a big investment? Spirit Airlines is giving away 1,000 certificates for roundtrip travel at Travel One Inc. The giveaway starts at noon May 31 in the parking lot of Travel One (8009 34th Av. S., Bloomington), the corner of American Boulevard and 34th Av. S.
The certificate is for 20,000 points, which can be used to 14 cities, including Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Latrobe, Myrtle Beach, New York, Niagara Falls, Plattsburgh and Washington DC.
There was a giveaway on Tuesday that received scant press and everyone who stopped by got a voucher. But Thursday's event should bring larger crowds. Still, Spirit isn't expecting to get rid of all 1,000 vouchers, said Michael Pewther, senior director of sales at Spirit. "We didn't get rid of all 1,000 certificates on Tuesday, but we'll be there on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until they're gone," he said.
The gotchas? You must be 18. You have to register for Spirit's frequent flier program. The voucher must be registered within 7 days and you have 30 days to book the flight, which can be between now and February. There is at least a $5 charge for taxes and fees, but fees vary based on the destination and the booking date. There is also the fee ($28 to $33) for carry-on baggage unless it's small enough to fit under the seat (maximum size 16 x 14 by 12-inches).
Spirit now flies nonstop from MSP to Chicago O'Hare three times daily from the Humphrey Terminal. It also flies nonstop daily to Las Vegas, which is not one of the cities on the list for a free flight.
Can't smile without seeing Barry Manilow in concert next week at Xcel? If money's tight, Travelzoo just made it a lot easier.
Manilow, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, performs at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see him perform start at $7.99 ($16.29 with fees) courtesy of a Travelzoo Local Deal.
Hear hit songs during this one-night-only glitz-o-rama, including "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana."
Tickets to some of Manilow's other concerts can start at $50, so seeing him for just $16.29 is a rare treat, according to Travelzoo. Other seating levels are also available for this performance, with prices ranging from $17.99-$127.99.
Ticket availability is limited for the $7.99 tickets, so act fast said Jora Bart, a representative at Xcel Center.
Only Travelzoo members were notified of the deal, but there's no fee to be a member. You don't need to sign up to get the deal. Just click "buy now" after going to the link above, which takes you to Ticketmaster's site.
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