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They want HOW MUCH???

So, taking advantage of the free hotel stay they gave us for sitting through the timeshare presentation last year, we're going to Vegas near the end of October. I've been bound and determined to see the souped-up Phantom at the Venetian ever since I heard about it.

I'm...not sure how bound and determined I remain after discovering that the "cheap" seats are $75. For a 95-minute show!!

The next rungs are $100, $125 and $150 (that last for the "Golden Circle", or as we call it in sanity-land, the forward center section of orchestra).

The plan was, the trip for our anniversary, and PotO for my birthday. But JEEZ! $100 for middle mezz or rear orchestra (starting at row HH, or something like that)???

I was prepared to pay something like the $90 we paid for Avenue Q at the Wynn last year. The full-length production. In killer seats. Which, okay, not exactly the same production costs. But still!!!

*scowls mightily*

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jennetj
Sep. 28th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Can't say I'm surprised; I paid $120Cn for tix to the Lord of the Rings musical in Toronto last month (row G, center of orchestra). If it had been anything else, I doubt I'd have paid it. But at least it was 3 1/2 hours long.
swirling_poetry
Sep. 28th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
How was that? I remember reading about it and being extremely curious. (And slightly dubious that all that material could fit into a one evening show, considering that it became a 9 to 12 hour movie.)
jennetj
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
That was its problem. Special effects/staging was, for the most part effective (the Black Riders, the Balrog and the Ents were particularly effective), the cast was mostly decent (I didn't care for any of the women, but that could have been what they did/didn't do with them), especially the hobbits, who were uniformly excellent (I'd read bad things about Brent Carver's Gandalf but found it quite decent - very different from McKellan, but no less valid) and Michael Therriault's Gollum who was sheer bloody brilliance (the man has no bones). But even at 3 1/2 hours, the plot was basically mincemeat. Great hunks were cut (no Faramir, no Eomer, no Denethor), what remained was often incomprehensible (why leave Eowyn in when she had only one brief interaction - with no chemistry - with Aragorn and then have her kill the Witch King but say nothing about how no man can kill him? She was completely wasted). And once again, they attempted to play up the Aragorn/Arwen stuff, despite Arwen's practical non-existence in the books.

As a musical went, it made a good play. Most of the songs (with the exception of a couple of the hobbit numbers) were the sorts of things that basically brought the show to a stand-still, as opposed to songs growing out of the action - too bad, especially given how integral to the books music was.

So I was glad to have seen it, and it was an entertaining evening of theatre, but as LOTR went...not so much.
wiliqueen
Sep. 28th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
*nods* That's pretty much equivalent to our Avenue Q seats and (figuring for exchange rate) ticket price. $100 for, as nearly as I can tell from the diagram online, rear balcony in what appears to be a very large house? I so don't think so.
wiliqueen
Sep. 28th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Correction: middle balcony, rear orch. But still!
jennetj
Sep. 28th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Do they have anything like HotTix or TKTS there? If so, that may be the way to do it.
wiliqueen
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
More or less, but I doubt it will be available there. None of the high-profile shows were last year. *shrug*
kjaneway
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
Vegas is the town for fleecing people for all they can get, though... isn't it?
wiliqueen
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
It seems to be becoming that way. It used to be the town for giving people lots of stuff for cheap or free so they'd gamble more.

But alas, they've figured out that people like us, who don't gamble, are arriving and must be fleeced. *sigh*

They still shouldn't be fleecing at Broadway levels for a half-length adapated Broadway show. :-P
irish_horse
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
Wow...that's quite a mark-up.... Sheesh!
quasievil_bunny
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's all supply & demand. You want the supply, they demand the payment they want. *sigh* Which is why I ended up missing out on the LotR musical in Toronto. All they had left were the $120 tix, and I could justify that.
lisayaeger
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Go for it! :-)
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