June 23, 2007

Suspension of Jersey Boys’ Student Rushes

June 23rd, 2007

Jersey Boys Blog received some very distressing news today: A college student waiting for tickets in the Jersey Boys’ student rush line was punched unconscious by some thugs who were apparently ticket scalpers yesterday morning. Fortunately, the student is doing well after a trip to the emergency room.

According to the official Jersey Boys website, due to safety concerns in the rush line, the Jersey Boys’ student rush will be suspended after tomorrow, June 24, 2007. Students are encouraged to consider the standing room option.

Many BroadwayWorld.com message board posters have stated that they would love to see a student lottery for Jersey Boys tickets. Many Broadway shows currently invite their patrons to enter a lottery drawing at the theatre for a limited number of tickets to that day’s performance. A student lottery would ensure a safer way for theatergoers to experience the magic of Jersey Boys!


  1. How disgusting that this incident occurred. Can someone enlighten me on how the student rush line works? I know the tickets exist but don’t know the process. When and where is this line? What is the process?

    It is a sad commentary about our society when a few thugs disrupt an opportunity for kids who are just beginning their career journeys.

    Hope this student continues to do well. Would be lovely if JB gave her a ticket – front row center!


    Comment by irene eizen — June 23, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

  2. I read about it as well on the broadwayworld.com message boards and was shocked! I’m glad that the student is recovering well and hope that NYPD keeps an eye out for the assailants and makes sure that the JB fans are safe when purchasing their tickets.

    Nobody deserves that type of abuse, whether they be waiting for Nintendo Wii’s, PS3′s, sports or Jersey Boys tickets. It would great for the JB publicists to “hook up” that student with tix and possibly a backstage tour for the pain and suffering.

    Comment by Mike B. Magbaleta — June 24, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  3. I completely agree, Mike! IE

    Comment by irene eizen — June 24, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

  4. I am almost positive he was able to see the show. I think I read that on Jennifer Naimo’s website because she updated her blog with this subject. Check out her blog and the comments. The boy who was the victim put a comment on her website.

    Comment by A — June 25, 2007 @ 8:28 am

  5. Thank you, A. I did read Jen’s blog and indeed this young man did see the show – bruised and bandaged. How awful. How brave he was defending his peers. From what I read, it seems like students wait at 1 A.M. for these tickets. If that is the case, there must be a better way. I hope these students and other entertainment hopefuls who want to see the show can do so without the fear of being attacked by thugs.


    Comment by irene eizen — June 25, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

  6. No problem, Irene. I love to help out!

    As a student, I have participated in the student rush line. It is such a wonderful opportunity. Waiting is not a problem for me, it is the safety of the line. Unfortunately, some people ruin it for all.

    Comment by A — June 25, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

  7. How does the student rush line work? Is it for every performance – 8 shows a week? Thanks. A. IE

    Comment by irene eizen — June 25, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  8. Here’s a listing of Rush/Standing Room Only theatre policies:

    Comment by Administrator — June 25, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

  9. Well, student rush went something like this:
    12 tickets were available for every performance for students with a valid student idea. These tickets were in the first few rows and the price was $26.25. In order to get these tickets, the students would have to wait until the box office opened each morning to get the tickets. Obviously, with a hit show like Jersey Boys, this line starts forming very early, way before the box office opens at 10 (12 on Sundays). Most dedicated student fans would line up at the wee hours of the morning, usually waiting at least 4 hours. Unfortunately, scalpers got hold of the student rush and arrived at the theatre early in order to get GREAT seats for this sold out show at $26.25. After getting their tickets at 10am, they would sell these tickets for a profit. Usually selling them between $200-$300.

    I am so devasted that this policy has ended because of the ignorance of others. :(

    Comment by A — June 25, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

  10. **mistake in my previous post. Line 3. 12 tickets are available for every performance for students with a valid student ID

    Comment by A — June 25, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

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