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Affordable Tickets

Hello Friends!

As our granddaughters finish up the last of their finals, we have been pondering what fun things to do with them this summer.  Of course, we’d love to take them to as many plays/musicals as we can, however, as we’ve mentioned in previous articles—the ticket prices have skyrocketed!

Just the other day, we were looking at tickets for us, our daughter, and granddaughters and the total price was $680!

For that price, the five of us can go to seven movies—including the outrageously priced popcorn and drinks!  It baffles us to think about how crazy these ticket prices have gotten.

In an effort to keep theatre available to everyone, we have been searching for ways to purchase less expensive tickets and wanted to share with you some websites that we found.

Of course, there is always TKTS, if you’re willing to stand in the line.  But there are more.  Did you know that most shows offer rush and lottery tickets?  New York Show Tickets  updates the daily schedule and pricing of these tickets (just click on their name to see the daily schedule).  This seem to be the least expensive way to see any of the Broadway shows.  However, there is no certainty that you will see the show you want on the night you are wanting—so you need patience and flexibility for this option.

We think the best option for you is to find discount codes for the shows that you want to see.  Although don’t tell everyone you’re seeing Hamilton just yet—not all the shows offer these discount codes.  New York Show Tickets has the most up-to-date list.  Click here.  

If you want to purchase tickets with this discount plan, you will need a membership which is $4 for a 30-day period.  Learn more by clicking here.

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite places to get discounted tickets!

Happy Summer!
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Booming Broadway

Dear Friends,

A few days ago the New York Times had a great article about the rising price of Broadway tickets.  Since we’ve broached this subject before (click here to read), we wanted to share this article with you.

According to the article:

The Broadway season that ended on Sunday was one for the record books. Box-office grosses, which have been climbing since 2013, rose 5.5 percent, to $1.449 billion, a new high, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Broadway League, an industry trade group.

The article gives credit to a combination of factors, namely hit shows like Hamilton, who are sold out months in advance, and shows with big star power like Glen Close and Bette Milder.

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The average ticket price is currently $109.00 and while some worry that these rising prices will scare off new theatre goers, producers assert that the higher prices are a way to recapture money going to the scalpers.

Of course, the Times points out, there are options for purchasing last minute tickets at discounted rates such as websites like TodayTix, which offers a large selection of discounted Broadway tickets for both musicals and plays (alas, not for Hamilton!). A great option for many of us who love the theatre, but don’t have a spare $500 to spend!

To read the full article, click here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about rising prices and your favorite ways to get discounted tickets!

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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A Little More Than Just Inflation

Dear Friends,

It never ceases to amaze us just how high tickets prices on Broadway have gotten!  We’re not even talking about the Hamilton phenomenon, where, if you’re willing to wait until next January, you can get center orchestra tickets for $849 A PERSON!

We decided to do some research about the average ticket price and we found one article where the writer says that she paid $2.50 (stand-up seats) in 1960 to see Gypsy at the Imperial Theatre.  According to the Dollar Times, that would be the same as purchasing the ticket for $20.53 today.  Today, Rear Mezzanine tickets to see Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet also at the Imperial start at $59.00—three times as much!

We then decided to look at our biggest hit, Oklahoma!, and found that the price in 1943 for the best seat was $4.80—that is $68.57 today.

Oklahoma

Anyone who has been to the theatre recently will know that it is hard to find mezzanine tickets for $68 dollars, let alone orchestra seats!  Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet (Imperial Theatre) is selling orchestra tickets starting at $169 per ticket, and center orchestra tickets for Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre are $249 per ticket.

It is not unthinkable to know that tickets prices have increased over the years—but to increase 4, 5, or even 10 times, even accounting for inflation?  CRAZY!

The last days of Pompeii?

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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The Power of Theatre

Dear Friends,

Today we wanted to discuss with you an incredible theatre happening that occurred a couple of weeks ago:

It is the conflict between The Theatre, as represented by Hamilton, and the Government-to-be, as represented by Vice-President Elect Mike Pence.

As you all know, Vice President-Elect Pence went to a performance of Hamilton where he was specifically addressed by the cast at the end of the performance (their spokesperson being Brandon Dixon).

Mr. Dixon made a plea to Vice President-Elect Pence–as a representative of our new government starting 20th of January.  The cast requested that Vice President-Elect Pence look out for their interests, aka those of the common people.  While Mr. Pence was walking out of the theatre at the time of the speech, he stopped and listened to what Mr. Harris had to say.

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To us, it is a fascinating happening.  It is The Theatre showing its influence on our world.  Not only in the message that the play itself gives the audience, but in this historic case, the actors themselves sent out a message that was viewed—thanks to social media—all around the world.  Theatres have often had an effect on society in the past, starting with William Shakespeare himself.

Personally, we experienced this in mid-1950s with McCarthyism.  At a time when everyone was afraid of being locked up for being a Communist, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, which was set during the Salem Witch Trials but in fact, was the very replica of what was happening in America at that time.  The play was so sensational that Miller was interrogated by the US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities!

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President-Elect Trump’s comments aside, we do hope that Vice President-Elect Pence will take these words to heart.  Not as an attack, but as a plea from those who have real concerns for the ideals and path that the new administration seems to be leading us down in order to “make America great again.”  We have always looked to the theatre to lead in voicing current political concerns and we are very proud of the cast of Hamilton for continuing this tradition!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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President Trump: Theatre Muse?

Dear Friends,

We are thinking about the effect of the Trump election on our American theatre.

As we all know, the theatre is an important and powerful mechanism to react to current political environment.  As an example, we think a big reason Hamilton has resonated with so many people right now is the current political climate, and the unrest that parallels the unrest that Hamilton saw.  Furthermore—and even more directly—there have been a resurgence of WWII plays resurrected around New York City in the months leading up to this election.

These plays included a couple of versions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by playwright Bertolt Brecht and The Drumf and the Rhinegold by Wagner.  You can read more about these in the New York Times (link to full article).

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There is no doubt that this is a great time for playwrights to be writing and theatres to be presenting even more plays about the political scene in a more dramatic fashion than newspapers (of course, newspapers are wonderful).

We have always thought of theatre and films as a great means of communicating about the political events of the era.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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On The Move

Dear Friends,

Hamilton is on the move again—this time across the pond.

According to Variety, Hamilton will be making its West End debut next November at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

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The question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is: will it enjoy the success it has seen in the US?  There are no guarantees, of course, but we think it will.  It is such a fantastic show that is resonating with audiences today to make a real connection.  It is our experience that when a show can do that it is going to run for a very long time.

You can read the full article at Variety here.

We wish The Victoria Palace Theatre all the best success and a very long Hamilton run!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Hamilton in Chicago

Dear Friends,

Great news!  The glory of Hamilton is expanding!

And by that we mean that the first Hamilton tour officially just opened in Chicago to (not surprising!) rave reviews.

HURRAY!

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Here is the full review from the Chicago Tribune

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Broadway Karaoke

Dear Friends,

To help set the stage for tomorrow night’s Tony Awards, we found this wonderful YouTube video with this year’s host, James Corden, and special guests Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald, and Jane Krakowski singing a variety of songs, such as from Hamilton, Rent, and Les Miserables.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did—it sure looked like they had fun making it!

Regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Broadway Backstage Spring Preview

Dear Friends,

We saw a wonderful program last Saturday night—all about the present and upcoming Broadway season. It was on ABC and provided a two-minute overview of each Broadway show to give you an idea of what you may interested in seeing—aside from Hamilton, of course!

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We’ve found the program, Broadway Backstage: Spring Preview, which you can  online from ABC here.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

 

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Hamilton Rising!

Dear Friends,

Hamilton continues to be perhaps the most stunningly successful play of our lifetimes!

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The big news yesterday was that it received 16 Tony Award Nominations—the largest number in Tony History, which goes back 70 years!

For all of us in the theatre, we don’t recall any initial success as big as this.

The closest that come to mind are Fiddler on The Roof and My Fair Lady.  Of course, it is hard to compare these plays accurately, as all of the great hits prior to Hamilton occurred in the pre-social media/internet world and did not have the instant world-wide publicity and acclaim that Hamilton enjoys.

Today we wanted to share with you another manifestation of Hamilton’s popularity:

The book “Hamilton Revolution,” which is a behind the scenes look at making the musical and written by Hamilton author Lin-Manual Miranda and cultural critic Jeremy McCarter, is flying off the shelves!

In fact, the New York Times quips (quite correctly) that getting the book isn’t any easier than getting a ticket!  The book, which came out on April 12th, is now in its second printing and it estimated to have 400,000 copies in print by the summer!

It seems we just can’t get enough!  Congrats to Miranda and the entire cast and crew of Hamilton on their 16 Tony nominations!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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