Ticket Requirement at Stage Door

ak72090
Stand-by
joined:12/3/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:22pm
Seriosuly, why the hell don't they do this? Seeing Of Mice and Men Tomorrow. I dont think I need to say anymore. Its just so freaking annoying. These people are seriously there waiting when the show starts.
Adair Haywind
Featured Actor
joined:4/2/14
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:26pm
I remember hearing that they did this back when Daniel Radcliffe was in How to Succeed. I wish every show on Broadway did this to be honest...or at least implemented signing NOTHING but the show's merchandise.
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:34pm
Usually one side of the barriers is for people who attended that day and the other is for people who didn't, and the performers tend to spend more time on that show's side than the other. I know Bette Midler and others would always go to that side first and if they were in a rush, leave after that, etc.

Technically, I don't think the theater can start dictating who can stand on a public sidewalk, they can only control the crowd that is there (despite them thinking they actually do own the sidewalk outside, of course, heh)
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ak72090
Stand-by
joined:12/3/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:35pm
that would be a good idea too. Theres got to be a way. Its just not fair for those that actually paid to see them perform. No offense to anyone, but if youre going to wait outside of a play youve never seen because you like an actor, youre a loser. Thats like waiting outside of a Walmart for your favorite employee after their shifty or something. I even feel weird stage dooring, but I will do it if I especially like a performance.
ak72090
Stand-by
joined:12/3/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:37pm
haterobics (i felt bad shortening your name to hate)- youre right, they cant do that on public property. But at the same time, after The Realistic Joneses, they had personal security guards come out and kick people off the sidewalk, or tell people to keep moving, etc. So who knows.
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:37pm
"If I ran the zoo, said young Gerald McGrew, I'd make a few changes, that's just what I'd do."

That's from a Dr. Seuss book about how we wish we could control everything in the world, but we can't, so we need to let it go.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:38pm
Because you paid to see the show, not the stage door.
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:38pm
I do often stage door on a different night than I attend, in cases of huge crowds or if I'm with someone at the show and we want to do something else afterwards. But never for a show I didn't attend.

Personally, I prefer the BC/EFA sales. The signatures are better, no hassle, get a tax deduction, donate to a good charity. Way easier. I already met Franco and talked to him for a while once, heh.
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haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:42pm
"after The Realistic Joneses, they had personal security guards come out and kick people off the sidewalk, or tell people to keep moving, etc. So who knows."

That's a different issue, since they are creating the traffic situation, they have to do some sort of crowd control, and try and enable pedestrian access, etc. That is different from deciding who can go where and do what, unless people are doing things that block the flow of traffic, etc.
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ak72090
Stand-by
joined:12/3/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:43pm
Yeah thats all understandable. Me and my gf bought two Aladdin charity aprils so we could get James M Iglehart to sign haha
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:44pm
Why is that funny?
ak72090
Stand-by
joined:12/3/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 04:46pm
haterobics: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe4j13sHqpM

they literally block the whole street
Updated On: 5/17/14 at 04:46 PM
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 05:02pm
"No offense to anyone, but if youre going to wait outside of a play youve never seen because you like an actor, youre a loser."

^^^^^^^^^^ This 1000%

The obsession with celebrities is incredibly sad. Then there's people that will actually bitch when they don't get an autograph, like the actor OWES them. Gross.
Four Simple Rules for Attending the Theater 1. This is a nice night out. Dress accordingly. Like, no sweatpants. 2. When you enter the theater, turn off your phone. All issues with phones will be avoided this way, & you won't be verbally accosted by the cast, crew, & other patrons. 3. I did not pay dollas to hear you talk or sing. I paid dollas to see & hear gorgeous men like Norm Lewis, Ramin Karimloo & Joshua Henry. 4. Unless you have medical issues, don't eat. The wrappers are loud, & your disgusting munching is even louder. You aren't at the movies or a barn dance, baby.
gleek4114
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 05:17pm
I wish they checked tickets. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Zachary Levi only sign and take pictures for people with a Playbill?
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 05:18pm
I think he did, which is really awesome.
Four Simple Rules for Attending the Theater 1. This is a nice night out. Dress accordingly. Like, no sweatpants. 2. When you enter the theater, turn off your phone. All issues with phones will be avoided this way, & you won't be verbally accosted by the cast, crew, & other patrons. 3. I did not pay dollas to hear you talk or sing. I paid dollas to see & hear gorgeous men like Norm Lewis, Ramin Karimloo & Joshua Henry. 4. Unless you have medical issues, don't eat. The wrappers are loud, & your disgusting munching is even louder. You aren't at the movies or a barn dance, baby.
ak72090
Stand-by
joined:12/3/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 05:25pm
that is awesome that he does that, they all should. And yeah more than anything I feel bad for the celebrities. Especially when people stop them on their way IN to the theatre.

That being said, if I like the show tomorrow, I'll peek my head out. If the stage door looks anywhere close to as bad as it's been, Im outta there. Ill send a letter.
Updated On: 5/17/14 at 05:25 PM
HogansHero
Featured Actor
joined:2/26/12
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 05:28pm
Better idea than all of the above: do away with this horrific, embarrassing disgrace called "stage-dooring" altogether. One step from texting during shows on the scale of odiousness.
gleek4114
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 05:30pm
I would definitely come back on a different date for a show with a star to try and get a good spot, and even in those cases if you have a ticket or a playbill you should be good to go. But you have to think of it from the performer's perspective. They don't want to disappoint anyone so I think regardless they try to sign for as many people as possible, weather they saw the show or not. I was looking at stage door videos on youtube and there was this one after a matinee of If/Then and Idina told someone that she would not sign anything else for them because they were just going to sell it. Bravo Miss Menzel, Bravo.


Idina Menzel at the If/Then Stage Door
Updated On: 5/17/14 at 05:30 PM
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 06:20pm
Ugh, I forgot to re-enable the plug-in that disables YouTube comments, so I got to read some of the gems on that link:

"That guy in the video was right. It is f**ked up that she was only taking pictures with the girl in the wheelchair. When she signed my playbill she didn't even have the decency to look at me and it now It makes me cry when I watch her be all nice in these videos. I feel so unimportant and invisible. I'm sorry if anyone finds me annoying and whiny but it's true plus I don't have a therapist."

To which some nitwit replied:

"I know how you feel my dad actually knows the director personally and it stinks that I can't meet her in the dressing room and have to meet her like this where I can't even take a pic with her which I think is so unfair it just gets me so upset she is my idol and you don't have enough time to even say anything to her I guess I am grateful that I'm going and at least seeing her in person?."

Thanks for the reminder to get that browser add-on re-enabled!
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gleek4114
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 06:40pm
Yeah, I read the comments. Some people just have no clue.
JBroadway
Leading Actor
joined:4/6/12
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 07:02pm
When I went to the Cripple of Inishmaan stage door, it was split up b/w people who saw the show and people who didn't, and I actually witnessed an encounter between this one girl and a police officer. The girl was trying to go from the "didn't see show" side to the "did see show" side, and the cop said to her "this side is for people who saw the show" and she said "I did see the show" and the cop said "oh yeah? let me see your ticket?" I didn't hear the rest. I guess they do check tickets sometimes.

Also I know it's pretty common for celebrities to only sign stuff from the show. Someone mentioned Zachary Levi, but I've actually seen a lot of stars do that.
mikey2573
Broadway Star
joined:12/28/10
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 07:05pm
When I stage-doored WAITING FOR GODOT after seeing the show, the two Sirs would only sign Playbills of the show. The fact that they came out, when they had an evening show to do, was quite gracious of them.
FishermanBob
Broadway Legend
joined:7/9/12
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 07:37pm
"No offense to anyone, but... youre a loser."

Now who could possible take offense to that. I personally prefer to use "you're a freakin' a**hole... but in a good way".

Seriously though, I agree, those who see the show should definitely be given a major advantage if they are trying to get a Playbill signed. I don't however have a huge issue with someone who is actually a fan. My issue is with the idiots who aggressively push and shove to get their crap signed for profit, adding it a hour later to their 473 ebay auctions. Those folks along with professional ticket scalpers should be rounded up into a large stadium, the doors all locked and... well you know the rest.
jonartdesigns
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/04
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 11:18pm
Zachary Levi completely, and hilariously told off a "repeat customer" at the stage door for first date. He consented to sign one 8x10 of Chuck once the guy produced a full price ticket stub, but before that he said "Dude, you're here EVERY night, my mom has less pictures of me than you do... seriously how much are you getting for these and where's my cut"

The best stage door i've been to in a while was for Cabaret, the doormen (plural) very effectively curbed the people clearly there for ebay, restricting them to a single item plus their playbill.
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AirJewels
Understudy
joined:7/11/13
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 11:29pm
My question is, how much are these autographs bringing on eBay? I can't imagine it being enough to make it worth the hassle.
TheatreFan4
Broadway Legend
joined:8/12/09
Ticket Requirement at Stage Door
Posted: 5/17/14 at 11:30pm
Better idea than all of the above: do away with this horrific, embarrassing disgrace called "stage-dooring" altogether. One step from texting during shows on the scale of odiousness.

Or... OR you could just not go to a stage door. You may be surprised, but some actors actually do like to stage door and hear from their audience. Shocking, I know. Are there bad eggs out there? Of course, but there's nothing embarrassing or horrific about stage dooring itself. It's a Broadway institution and has been for decades. Don't like it? Don't do it.
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