newintown said: "If the numbers in that article are true, a 19% drop in ad revenue, on top of the slow decline in Times ad sales and subscription/readership over the past decade would lead me to believe they plan to scale back on all arts coverage and writers."
They should probably bring their online advertising portals into the 21st Century. I can't even describe how difficult it is to manage advertising in the NYT.
Wick3 said: "Given Tony voters won't get comp'd seats for Sunday in the Park, do you think they will nonetheless pay the premium prices to grab a great seat to watch Jake & Annaleigh perform? After all, Tony voters are big fans of Broadway, right?"
Most Tony voters are likely at least able to get house seats (which are generally prime locations at regular orchestra price).
ArtMan said: "So Taryn, when I bought tickets for a concert two days before my Lionel Richie show and was charged the usual $10 -$12 per ticket and then charged $31 for Lionel, according to your theory Ticketmaster must have hired a hell of alot more people and their operating expenses tripled, so that is why I paid more than their usual fee cost. My original post was NOT why does Ticketmaster charge fees but why did the usual $12 fee go up to $31 for this concert.
Rangersrule said: "Interestjng, I've never heard of that much being charged in fees. However, they are providing a medium in which you are able to buy tickets from the convince of your home and be able to print your own tickets out at home. They can charge whatever they want to charge when they are one of only a few tickey buying platforms out there. "
ArtMan said: "But see back..back...back in the day you couldn't print your ticket
haterobics said: "I've never sorted out why, when I act as my own box office manager, select my own seats, process my own payment, and use my own computer, printer, and ink to create my own ticket, *I* have to pay more money... but if I go to the box office, and make someone who is already on salary do that, and use all of their resources, then it is free? Doesn't that seem backwards?"
The show pays for the box office to be open at the theater. Online ti
IdinaBellFoster said: "I loved the suggestion that Miranda doesn't sing. Would be very effective if she only sang during her breakdown scene in Paris. It's really the only moment for the character the begs to be musicalized."
Honestly that would be pretty brilliant. And keep even that song restrained.
One thing to keep in mind that there are many more salaries in play than just actor's. Stage managers, stagehands, musicians, company managers -- those are all substantial as well, and all of the salaries at play in a show contribute to the overhead. I would say yes, they are one reason among many for rising ticket prices, because any rising costs will contribute to rising prices. But it's one among many factors at play.
Several already mentioned have been recent favorites of mine -- Something Rotten, Gentleman's Guide -- and I'll add Hand to God for doing some super clever advertising. I loved the Playbill ads they did that were customized to the show they were being printed in.