Friday, January 04, 2008

Live By The $450 Ticket, Die By The $450 Ticket?

Live By The $450 Ticket, Die By The $450 Ticket?

Although no one really knows just how much Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is earning each week or how many seats it's filling -- that is, unless you're intimately involved with the production -- New York Post's Michael Riedel reports that scalpers outside the barn-like Hilton Theatre are hawking tickets that were to have gone for $450 for a bargain basement $100.

Riedel quotes one saying:

I've got rows and rows of good seats I can't get rid of.
Shubert Alley Schadenfreude, indeed.

One can't help but wonder if Live Nation, which owns the Hilton, is openly showing off the digs to potential new tenants...

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 04 January, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Gene in Minneapolis and
I actually found the part of Reidel's column on what you can now eat at the Nederlander's theaters was much more intriguing.
Just what I would like, someone next to me at Little Mermaid eat a filet of fish or the person behind me a Grease getting all excited and spilling their popcorn all over me.....I can handle that with a $12 ball game ticket (where that has occurred) but not at prices currently charged in NY or elsewhere for theater seats......
Too bad that Mel's LF tickets aren't going that quickly....but then again how many seats per show are they assuming there is enough demand to shell out $450?......sometimes once around is enough...and maybe this remake/reworking/revision just doesn't spark the interest from those who can afford those tickets.....
Oh well...........

At 05 January, 2008, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

Riedel tends to exaggerate....While the premium seats at YF are not selling it, I believe the regular priced tickets are selling well. I don't see the show closing anytime soon and as a matter of fact, if the show gets featured in the Tony telecast, I predict a big boost in ticket sales.

At 07 January, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Gene, I certainly hope and pray that theatres will never become conducive to a living room experience. Do we really need to have food available at shows? No.

At 07 January, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

While Riedel was predicting we'd see snippets from Young Frankenstein, there's no guarantee that we will.

At 08 January, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in Times Square tonight at 6:45pm and a scalper (with a thick stack of Young Frankenstein tickets) offered me orchestra tickets for $80 or 2 balcony seats for $40. When I said I wasn't interested, he chased after me and told me he'd go even lower.


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