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Friday, January 05, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Prediction: Orchestra sections at hot shows in 2007 will become the equivalent of luxury boxes at the Garden. Almost every seat will be 'premium,' with prices shooting up to between $350 and $400. Broadway audiences will be richer - and whiter - than ever."

- Michael Riedel, stating the inevitable.

I would add just one caveat to that, though. He gives it away when he says, "The orchestra section at 'Mary Poppins' looks like an assembly at Chapin or St. Bernard's." Some shows will always be "whiter" than others. I don't think the "premium" revolution will hit, say, "Color Purple"--or even more populist shows like "Mama Mia" and "Phantom", all of which depend on discount offers.

Not that that makes the forecast any brighter, of course.

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