An orchestra ticket to Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre costs $777.20, including the Ticketmaster fee. Now you have the option for 12 monthly payments with the “buy now, pay later” plan. You are even charged 10% interest and that rate will double if the initial promotion fails.
Mean Girls, Frozen, The Lion King and Book of Mormon are also on the installment plan, along with pop concerts and Michelle Obama’s book tour (top tickets are $3,000 a piece). The FlexPay loans are issued by the Salt Lake City-based bank WebBank, and facilitated by the Swedish payments technology firm Klarna, according to Ticketmaster’s site.
Broadway ticket prices have increased 62 percent to $123, according to Broadway League, more than double the increase in U.S. wages, tracked by the Social Security Administration. The U.S. household debt reached a record $13.3 trillion in June.
I firmly believe that Lin Manuel Miranda and Michelle Obama are champions of the people. My question is why are they allowing those very people to be gouged. And as much as I love theatre, is it really worth putting yourself in debt over it?
Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka
The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.
The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).
Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.
Young Girl in Green painted by Tamara de Lempicka (1927). Oil on plywood.