Monday, July 21, 2008

That's The Ticket: A Great Damon Runyon Story

That's The Ticket: A Great Damon Runyon Story

If regular readers already know one thing about me, it's that I love snaring great seats whenever I see live theatre.

And if you're anything like me, you also love giving to charitable organizations, not only because it makes you feel good, but especially because you know that your contribution is helping others.

What could be better than when those two great loves come together? That's what Damon Runyon Broadway Tickets service offers.

Operated by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, this service offers a limited selection of the most exclusive house seats for over two dozen Broadway performances. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation offers theatregoers with opportunities to get top-notch tickets -– usually reserved for industry insiders or VIPs -- while also supporting innovative cancer research.

Damon Runyon, of course, was the famed Kansas-born New York writer for the United Press whose legendary "Broadway Stories" during the last century became the fodder for one of my all-time favorite musicals Guys and Dolls. After Runyon died of cancer at the age of 66, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created the Damon Runyon Broadway Tickets service to aid the newly-established Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, enlisting the support of such noteworthy stars as Milton Berle, Marlene Dietrich and Bob Hope.

It's no wonder the Foundation maintains close ties to some of Broadway's leading theatres. As a result, the Foundation receives an allocation of four to six house seats for most Rialto performances, even for some of the Great White Way's most hard to get tickets, including August: Osage County, Grease, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked.

Essentially, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation pays the theaters the full box office price for the tickets and then sells them for double the ticket price. The amount above and beyond the box office price is a fully tax deductible contribution.

The best part is that these tickets are typically less expensive than the price brokers are charging for the same premium seats. And, the Foundation allows cancellations without penalty up to a day before the performance.

Talk about a ticket that keeps on giving!

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 21 July, 2008, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

Another great charity that has house seats at double price is BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS which not only supports AIDS services and research, but also supports the Phyllis Newman Breast Cancer charity.


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