Comscore

The River

Ellie7
Swing
joined:5/28/14
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 05:56am
First time poster. Have just read that tickets for "The River" with Hugh Jackman go on American Express presale in a few hours. I live in Australia but happen to be coming to NY in January for one week. Am desperate to get tickets - world's biggest HJ fan! Can anybody confirm that the presale is happening? Did anyone receive anything from Amex? I would really appreciate help on this.
dramamama611 Profile Photo
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 06:01am
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
Ellie7
Swing
joined:5/28/14
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 06:13am
Thanks. I have been on to the Ticketmaster website and looked at American Express presales but I can't see it listed. Other shows but not that one. Am I missing something? It's the first time I've tried to get tickets for a Broadway show so I'm really not sure how to go about it. And I know this one will be in demand.
gfaustswa Profile Photo
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 09:07am
I'm quite sure the tickets will be sold through telecharge.com
WithoutATrace Profile Photo
WithoutATrace
Broadway Legend
joined:11/27/04
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 09:46am
Orchestra: $175
Premium: $250

We are all going to the poor house.
gfaustswa Profile Photo
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 09:50am
are those the only options at that theatre?

Updated On: 5/28/14 at 09:50 AM
haterobics Profile Photo
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:05am
Row F seems to be the closest you can get for $175?! Think I'll wait on this one...
gfaustswa Profile Photo
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:16am
Row F equates to row 8....that's actually pretty good isn't it? I'm a bit confused with this theatre. So the show basically takes place in the middle? How does one know which section is best? Or do they always seem to do a good job of playing to all sides of the theatre? I would imagine they would have to do a good job, or one side of the theatre would be empty! (Well, maybe not empty with HJ, but you know what I mean!)
haterobics Profile Photo
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:23am
But that is a hell of a lot of premium seats for such a small theater, almost 2/3 of the house.

They aren't using the full theater, as there are no seats in what is seemingly behind the stage. Godspell actually didn't close off that side of it, they performed to the whole house, all the way around.

It would be a silly theater to play if they weren't staging it to be performed nearly in the round, so all seats should be fine.
gfaustswa Profile Photo
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:26am
I would imagine they are holding a bunch of seats for when they go on sale to the general public. I'm not sure if I should jump now or wait till June 16th!
gfaustswa Profile Photo
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:31am
I see all tickets are the same price for all performances and pre-views. Guess it is best to buy for a Saturday night since that is typically the most desired night of the week.
gfaustswa Profile Photo
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:35am
Are there ever tickets for sale opening night? Or is that an invite only?
haterobics Profile Photo
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:44am
"Are there ever tickets for sale opening night? Or is that an invite only?"

Sometimes a larger theater will sell off some rear mezz for opening, but for this small of a house, I'm guessing no.
jo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 10:52am
Acccording to the press release --

>>>
The producers are pleased to announce that a limited number of $35 day-of seats will be available for every performance of THE RIVER. When performances are sold out, $30 standing room tickets will also be available. Further details will be announced shortly. <<<

Ellie7
Swing
joined:5/28/14
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 05:29pm
Thanks for mentioning Telecharge. I got the tickets! I'm so excited! When you live on the other side of the world it's tricky to know how thing work in other countries. You really helped. Thank you so much Jo. Big love from Down Under x
Sutton Ross Profile Photo
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 06:57pm
$175 for a play? Crazy. This was just a simple money grab from the beginning, it had nothing to do with wanting an intimate space for this show. Gross.
Dilettante
Smaxie Profile Photo
Smaxie
Broadway Legend
joined:9/26/05
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 09:02pm
Were it a "money grab," wouldn't a producer have booked a 1000, 1200 or 1400 seat theatre, knowing Jackman could fill it? In London, the show played the 90 seat upstairs theatre at the Royal Court, rather than the main stage space. As Jez Butterworth's first play in London after Jerusalem, it could have commanded a larger space, but the intimacy of the play is absolutely a requirement.

And some plays are worth top dollar. Certainly any of the titles in the 2013-2014 play revival category were better than anything else on Broadway this season. And with The River and Curious Incident, the 2014-2015 season is off to a better start on the new play front.


Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
Updated On: 5/28/14 at 09:02 PM
Sutton Ross Profile Photo
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 09:13pm
No, because then they couldn't charge premium prices to almost HALF the house in those huge theaters. Some plays are worth top dollar, and in my view, this isn't one of them.

"Certainly any of the titles in the 2013-2014 play revival category were better than anything else on Broadway this season."

Really? Anything else?
Dilettante
RW3 Profile Photo
RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
The River
Posted: 5/28/14 at 09:16pm
More important, is he going to shirtless at some point in the play?
GreasedLightning Profile Photo
GreasedLightning
Leading Actor
joined:2/11/14
The River
Posted: 5/29/14 at 12:29am
A huge (and consistently rising) actor and a brilliant and acclaimed return for the playwright/director to Broadway and this doesn't seem to fit your bill as a top-dollar worth play? Not to mention a 13-week run! Those prices don't surprise me the least bit - not even if this WERE a "money pit." It's not. People will pay those prices without a doubt… and I'd call almost every seat in the CITS Theatre near-premium, experience-wise. Have you ever even been there? Clearly not enough. I've sat first and last row in this wonderful theatre and had an equally incredible experience. It's an intimate play that will fit this theatre perfectly with a stellar team… this will be a smash.

Updated On: 5/29/14 at 12:29 AM
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
The River
Posted: 5/29/14 at 06:39pm
I've been to CITS for several shows, if I am remembering correctly all the shows charged lower prices for the seats in row J and K. It is not the $175 ticket price that surprises me, but that they do not have any lower price option in advance. Only lower price option is day of @ $35 for either lottery or rush and $30 standing room.
Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
The River
Posted: 5/29/14 at 07:16pm
It's only 80 minutes as well but it'll be a hit. I imagine a few house records will be broken during the run.
GreasedLightning Profile Photo
GreasedLightning
Leading Actor
joined:2/11/14
The River
Posted: 5/29/14 at 08:23pm
Well - when Godspell first went on sale at the same theatre, every single seat was going for $125... and that barely had a name IN it (I say that being a huge fan of Hunter Parrish) and a not-so-well-known team behind it other than Schwartz himself. You put, as I mentioned above, a stellar team together (actor + playwright + director) in the same theatre and charge $50 more per ticket? Makes perfect sense to me. Regardless if it is a play or not, it's still only the pre-sale if I'm not mistake. And even if it is general on sale at this point, and they don't sell at these top ticket prices… they'll go down. Previews don't even start until Halloween for heckssake. We're way too early in the game to be criticizing the ticket prices for this one.


Regardless - they'll sell. And they'll sell fast.

Updated On: 5/29/14 at 08:23 PM
jo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
The River
Posted: 5/29/14 at 08:48pm
At the heart of all of this is the play itself. It is a one-act play ( maybe because an intermission would interrupt the flow of the story) and from accounts of the London reviews, it is dark material and engages the audience fully well, hence the need for an intimate setting. I have read the play itself and look forward to seeing how the staging makes it all alive and challenging to the audience.

Here's a review by noted London critic Matt Wolf ( formerly of Variety and the International Herald Tribune) --

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/river-royal-court-theatre


>>>Jez Butterworth's latest is small in scale but poignantly and cunningly formed <<<<






Updated On: 5/29/14 at 08:48 PM
gfaustswa Profile Photo
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
The River
Posted: 6/16/14 at 10:19am
So tickets are on sale to the general public now. Has anyone tried to get them? I keep getting the same exact seats that have been on sale since the "pre-sale" started. Anyone have any luck with seats better then row F or G? I called telecharge and they claim all the seats have been released. Hmmm.....
JeffDaEgg2
Chorus Member
joined:7/29/08
The River
Posted: 6/16/14 at 10:53am
I'm also searching for $35 throughout the entire run (literally), and am failing miserably...doesn't help that you can't choose a certain price point.

1
Page: