"Tickets as low as $65.50"
So boasts a print ad for the new Off Broadway Avenue Q.
Ponder that pitch for a second.
As low as $66.50??? Talk about power of suggestion. (As if I'm supposed to go into a hypnotic trance and nod, "Wow. That's a bargain.") Are they aware what's been going on in the news the last year, something about the economy? Well I guess they are since that's why they moved. Maybe they feel it only affected them.
Also notice: as low as $66.50. That's the lowest price. Which seats are they? Not the $89.50 seats, that we know.
And certainly not the $101.50 they are already charging for performances over the holidays, between Christmas and New Years.
Lastly...it's OFF Broadway for chrissakes. Smaller theatres, lower budgets. Am I wrong, or this the first ever 3-figure ticket price for an Off Broadway show?
Defining Off Broadway has always been difficult. But at least we could always say, "cheaper tickets." Now...
I mean, how many folks actually paid $66.50 to see Avenue Q on Broadway???