Sunday, March 02, 2008

Young Frankenstein Discontinues Premium Ticket Prices

Young Frankenstein Discontinues Premium Ticket Prices

Will wonders never cease?

Today, I learned that the $450 ultra deluxe platinum double diamond elite priority supreme premium maximum ticket prices for Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein are history!

After viewing the less than inspiring new television commercial for the current occupant of Broadway's Hilton Theatre that touts, "All tickets are $50 to $120," I decided to test whether this come-on was just that, or if there was actually truth in advertising. What I discovered is that on the official Ticketmaster Web site, there are absolutely no options for any type of premium seating whatsoever. (No word yet on whether they've also discontinued the $25 daily ticket lottery.)

While it's better late than never -- although the handwriting had been on the wall for quite some time -- it's not likely to ever reap much goodwill from the community it had largely thumbed its nose at over the past year.

Still, the show is more enjoyable than most critics give it credit for. So score one for the audience in their ongoing battle to avoid ever-increasing ticket prices.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 06 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow this is interesting news, I did not know this. Ha, I bet this was a little bit hard on Mel Brooks considering he wanted these Premium Tickets to really succeed. He promoted them so much. Oh well, I guess they must not be doing much for the show.

I actually sat in seats where premium seating are and only had to pay $120. I bought them about 3 days before the show on February 6, so maybe that is why they were cheaper.

At 06 March, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Danielle, I have not seen this news reported anywhere else but here. Did you enjoy the show?

At 07 March, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

That's awesome...I've been thinking about seeing this for some time now; but I couldn't bring myself to go when they were charging that much. Even though I would never pay that much for tickets to broadway musicals, I think it's the height of greed that the producers felt that they could make it work.

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

Chris, I agree with you wholeheartedly. These premium prices on tickets had been completely out of control, but I'm hoping that now that audiences have shown that they'll pass on them, the producers will think twice about employing them.

Of course, I'm also quite pleased that beat them at their own game by winning their Young Frankenstein lottery and was able to see the show for just $26 from my front row seat.


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