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Entertainment Venues To Allow 33% Capacity Next Month

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Hamilton and Moulin Rouge would probably break even at 1/3 capacity...maybe even TKAM. I wonder whether it would be a good PR start to get people used to the idea that Broadway is slowly opening up (presumably, they would not be able to reopen for at least a couple of months anyway). They would also require some sort of pass to make sure that everyone actively involved in ‘putting on a show’ has received their vaccinations in advance of being needed.

I’ll bet that Some big stars could break even at 1/3 capacity in the right theatre, again if the goal is to say ‘we are slowly on our way’ (and putting on some things to get you into a theatre). Of course, the ticket prices would have to be elitist unless there was some subsidy possible to help viability.

Updated On: 3/3/21 at 02:57 PM
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It's a start, but let's be honest. Broadway can barely sustain itself at 100% capacity, let alone 33%. 

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I’m not saying broadway shows can get by on 33%, I’m saying we’re another step towards where reopening is possible.

However, I think concerts or 1 to 2 person shows in theaters would be a good way to “slow open” when we maybe get to 50%. But we’ll see. At least we’ll be able to go to some places around the city and see a few things this spring.
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While it’s great to see steps being taken towards the reopening of live theatre, I think an important detail is that it’s 33%, with a cap of 100 people. so even though Hamilton and Moulin Rouge may be able to run at 33%, which would be 435-470 respectively, it’s mainly only going to be smaller, off-Broadway venues being able to open with these restrictions for the foreseeable future. I do believe if Broadway theatres get approved to open at 75%, with no maximum cap, many producers would go ahead and open.
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raddersons said: "It's a start, but let's be honest. Broadway can barely sustain itself at 100% capacity, let alone 33%."

You're right. I mean, if you take a look at the Music Box Theatre, the total capacity (according to the Shubert website) is 1025. 33% of that is 338.25. So, if they charged $200 per seat, they would be getting $67,650 in ticket sales.

The best "recent" example I can give is when the play "Dead Accounts" during the week of Dec. 23rd, 2012 played 8 performance at a capacity of 38% grossed $243,154. Mind you that was Christmas week, but only 25% of its potential. 

Just a little number check for fun.

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Yall. Please read the full article. This is not for full scale productions. This is for concert-like events. It’s part of NYPopUp events.
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This is taking the invalid off of an induced coma and starting the slow, cautious process of crawling, standing, walking, and then running. It's 33% or 100 people, whichever is LESS. No show can break even at that, not even Hamilton. We will see special events, we will see things other than theatre, and then when the time is right, theatre. Patience. It's good news (assuming we can do our part and keep more virus at bay) but don't get ahead of it. 

 

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HogansHero said: "It's 33% or 100 people, whichever is LESS. No show can break even at that, not even Hamilton. "

It also appears to include everyone in the building, not just the audience. 

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fashionguru_23 said: "raddersons said: "It's a start, but let's be honest. Broadway can barely sustain itself at 100% capacity, let alone 33%."

You're right. I mean, if you take a look at the Music Box Theatre, the total capacity (according to the Shubert website) is 1025. 33% of that is 338.25. So, if they charged $200 per seat, they would be getting $67,650 in ticket sales.

The best "recent" example I can give is when the play "Dead Accounts" during the week of Dec. 23rd, 2012 played 8 performance at a capacity of 38% grossed$243,154. Mind you that was Christmas week, but only 25% of its potential.

Just a little number check for fun.
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You’re missing the rest of the details. It’s 33% with a CAP of 100 people (or 200 if outdoors). 

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I do wonder if we might have a few off-broadway shows reopen soon.
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Soon? Everyone has to be vaccinated first including cast and crew. If they have no health issues they will be at the back of the line meaning May/June. Two vaccines several weeks apart still means Fall for any kind of play or musical, even off Broadway. 

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I am sure that full Broadway productions won’t be mounted till the fall. Yes everyone has be vaccinated so that is at least 6 weeks there plus rehearsal time.

My hope when they say “put artists back to work” they mean artists and not just celebrities.
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Fosse76 said: "It also appears to include everyone in the building,not just the audience."

I hadn't seen that, but that means that target audiences would be my mother's bridge game basically. 

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The cast, crew and other workers are not part of the 33% limit.

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You're right. I mean, if you take a look at the Music Box Theatre, the total capacity (according to the Shubert website) is 1025. 33% of that is 338.25. So, if they charged $200 per seat, they would be getting $67,650 in ticket sales...

Who will pay $200.00 to sit in the balcony?  The same with Hamilton - all seats $1000.  All seats are not equal.  Crazy idea

 

 

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I don't think this will get most theatres in the city to resume anything close to regular programming, as the costs would be substantially greater than the returns. I would think the venues that would most benefit are the off-off Broadway spaces- very small, very local, very low-cost places.
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Kad said: "I don't think this will get most theatres in the city to resume anything close to regular programming, as the costs would be substantially greater than the returns. I would think the venues that would most benefit are the off-off Broadway spaces- very small, very local, very low-cost places."

99s doing 33s or, maybe by the time the get it ready, 50s. And because there will not be a lot of them, they will find audience.

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Claudia Draper said: "
You're right. I mean, if you take a look at the Music Box Theatre, the total capacity (according to the Shubert website) is 1025. 33% of that is 338.25. So, if they charged $200 per seat, they would be getting $67,650 in ticket sales...

Who will pay $200.00 to sit in the balcony? The same with Hamilton - all seats $1000. All seats are not equal. Crazy idea




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I think you are underestimating peoples desire to get out of the house and do.....ANYTHING. 

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YUP. People are going back to concerts and sporting events allll over the world. Broadway will be back bigger than ever this Fall.
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