Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A Moon For The Students

A Moon For The Students

While there's been considerable carping about the large number of expensive premium tickets being offered for The Old Vic's transfer of A Moon For The Misbegotten from London to Broadway, Variety's Gordon Cox reports that its star Kevin Spacey has insisted that "60 $25 student rush seats be made available for every performance."

Apparently, to make this large number available, the production has foregone traditional direct mail discount offers. Bravo to Spacey for taking steps to ensure that students aren't priced out of seeing this revival.

Cox also reports that A Moon For The Misbegotten has already secured an advance box office of $3.5 million. With all the other notable plays gracing the Great White Way this spring, that's certainly not bad, especially considering that the Eugene O'Neill work was already revived on Broadway earlier this decade.

All totaled, it will take roughly $5.2 million in box office over the next ten weeks to recoup the capitalization for Moon, and right now, the producers are reportedly optimistic.

Indeed, last week marked the first previews for the show. Its five performances enjoyed a healthy capacity of 87.1% and total box office of $400,224. For those counting, that's an average of $88.94 per ticket, making it the highest priced ticket of the week for a play on Broadway.

A Moon For The Misbegotten officially opens April 9 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Related Stories:
Money For The Begotten? (January 10, 2007)
Brooks Atkinson To Get Space(y)d Out With Moon For The Misbegotten (November 22, 2006)

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At 08 April, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout-out to Kevin!

He did the same thing last time he was on Broadway, with The Iceman Cometh. (Only they might have been $20 seats back then). And he always makes sure student seats are available at The Old Vic. (As well as reduced-price seats for people who live in the neighborhood around the theater).

In interviews, Kevin's always talking about the importance of getting young people interested in going to the theater and I'm glad he's continued to show that commitment. (As I knew he would!)

At 08 April, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, Now let's just hope that students will take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.


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