My two best friends recently saw ‘Ain’t Too Proud (to beg) The Life and Times of The Temptations‘, a musical biography of the group with the same name, on Broadway in New York City. They paid $250 per ticket, making the start of their Saturday night out $500.
I’m a Broadway buff but I would NEVER pay such a high price like that to see any show. I’m not going to play ‘back in the day’ but let me just say this: back in the day I used to pay $25 to see a top, Tony-award winning musical or play. As the years passed and the ticket prices grew, I drew the line at $100 per ticket. And even that is exorbitant to see a Broadway show, sit in a squeezed seat, with at most times, a terrible view and bad sound.
Thank heaven to the person or persons who developed the traveling Broadway production company. Top NYC Broadway shows come to a local town near you, all across America and play at more reasonable prices. I frequent such other theaters as PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island), The Palace Theater in Albany, NY and when I am in Florida, I always frequent The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.
By attending the traveling version of these performances, I’ve been able to see top Broadway productions at more affordable prices. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Jersey Boys, Book of Mormon, Les Miserables just to name a few. Some of the theaters are very clever in the way they promote the cheaper seats. Sarasota likes to label the cheap seats, the ‘smart seat’ and by golly, that’s always been the one I select. It’s the last row in the theater and I can see and hear everything that goes on on the stage just perfectly fine and dandy!
According to The Boomer Club: Culture is wonderful, but it can be expensive. When you’re on a budget it may seem frivolous to spend several hundred dollars for tickets to a symphony, concert or hockey game. But there are ways to get out of the house and experience some culture, even if you’re in the cheap seats. That’s better than no seats at all. Because it’s definitely not a party if you’re sitting at home, staring at your popcorn ceiling.
Culture and art not only feed your soul; they also make you smarter.
So, I am very happy to say that I just scored two tickets to see Waitress, a current musical playing on Broadway NYC but will go on tour starting January 5th. The show will be playing in Sarasota when I’m down in Florida. Naturally, I purchased 2 Smart Seats for hubby and I and 2 more for my sister and her husband. (there were only 5 seats left for sale!) For only $84 per couple, which is less than just one ticket on Broadway, we’ll be going to the matinee and have enough cash left over for a lovely dinner out.
Living large in the cheap seats. I couldn’t have said it any better.