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Friday, September 07, 2007

Why Stop at $450 a ticket?

"The $450 top ticket price for the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein is shocking in this regard: Why so little?"

-NY Observer's John Heilpern, taking the "modest proposal" approach to the economic obscenity of Young Frankenstein.

To wit: "
Mel Brooks isn’t scalping the public. He’s legitimizing a shady illegitimate business by offering a public service."

Despite the boast of these "Premium" prices, Brooks & co. are still bashful about releasing their box office receipts, which will reportedly be kept under wraps. If I hadn't learned about theatrical accounting from "The Producers," I'd say something funny was going on...

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