How do you spend $4 million on a party?

Leading Actor
This can't be true, can it? What would make it so expensive? Does the show pay for this or did Woody pay for it?
Leading Actor
Normally, a show would pay for its own opening night party and might offset some of the expense with one or more sponsors.

In this instance, you can rest assured that the show did not pay for the party. I had heard the price tag was "only" $1 million -- which is still anywhere from 5-10x what a "typical" opening night party would cost -- and that it was paid for by Woody and his sister.

As for why so expensive, the bulk of the cost is likely the venue rental in this case. Even if they had the entire capacity of the St. James attend the party (which is unlikely), and even if they spent $200/head (also unlikely), that's still "only" $350,000 or so. Sure, decor, music, the Greyhound buses they used to take everyone from the theatre to the party etc add more cost, but I don't see how it would have climbed as high as $4M.
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Broadway Legend
That can't be accurate. I bet it was $400,000 and they got the comma in the wrong place.
Featured Actor
The Met Museum insurance.
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Broadway Star
^ Yes. In response to the thread title, the answer is: You hold it at the Met.
Cape Twirl of Doom
Broadway Legend
I was at the party and it sure was plenty glam, it was certainly the most opulent opening night party I've been to (the Temple of Dendur room was gorgeous!), but unless the Met rental was extremely large I don't think it could be anywhere near $4 million. There were 900 guests at the event, which is large but I've been to plenty that have been 1100-1400.

ETA: Ah, yeah I didn't think of that. The whole event was surrounded by priceless artifacts and pieces of art, so the insurance fees could have been pretty substantial. All you need is for one person to be too tipsy and fall into a $5 million Egyptian jug.

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Updated On: 4/11/14 at 02:07 PM
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
But I would think perhaps some of that kind of collateral against potential damage would be refundable. I just can't imagine anyone agreeing to a 3 million Dollar insurance policy with no return on the deposit.
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The Met is a rather... opulent place for an opening night party.
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
Not to mention far from the theater.
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
What would make it so expensive? It's at the Met, Manhattan is very expensive, and Woody Allen is involved?
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Maybe Mia called up the writer from Variety who reported the "entirely unconfirmed" $4-million figure and hissed, "Guess how many millions of dollars Woody spent on that party?"

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Updated On: 4/11/14 at 03:03 PM
Broadway Star
How do you spend $4 million on a party?

You don't and they didn't. Not from the show's investors at any rate. You can take that to the bank. Can you imagine: Hey, invest in our show, it will be capitalized at $15 million. And by the way, $4 million of that is for the opening night party.

Yeah, right.

As someone said, it was surely an incredibly expensive party compared most (the one for Old Jews Telling Jokes was at Ben's Deli for the opposite extreme), but Woody probably picked up a good chunk of the cost himself.
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Broadway Legend
Is the cost of a cast party usually part of the production budget? I find it highly unlikely that the show's investors would go along with it if that's the case.
Broadway Legend
Having co-produced some off-broadway shows, opening night parties are figured into the production's expenses. Though I doubt very much one that cost $4 mil would be.
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Zach set up a kickstarter to pay for the party.
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I don't know. Maybe we should ask the person who started the question-campaign of why there are only white people in BULLETS. And come to think of it, why are there only white people in GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER?

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Updated On: 4/11/14 at 04:31 PM
Broadway Legend
They could have got it done a lot more cheaply if Woody didn't insist on including a drawing for "The Monet Of Your Choice' at the end of the night.
Phantom of London
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I wonder why it might be so expensive, could not be just it is held in the Met, but maybe they were dazzled by being surrounded by George Bush Jr portraiture, now that would give any opening night party kudos, not!
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Damn! What was in those goodie bags? Diamonds?
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But there aren't only white people in Bullets. Kelcy Griffin is African-American.
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Venue Rental must be outrageous.
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