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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Deb­o­rah Jones

I MEN­TIONED last week that I was off to New York and, all be­ing well, that’s where I am as you read this. Dead­lines and time dif­fer­ence be­ing what they are, I’m not able yet to re­port on the re­cep­tion for the Aus­tralian Bal­let’s Swan Lake at the David H. Koch The­atre: in­deed, if you are up early enough today the first per­for­mance may still be on as we speak. I hope I’m hav­ing a re­ally good time, and will let you know later. In­stead, as they say on cook­ing shows, here is some­thing I pre­pared ear­lier. Ob­vi­ously I am in NYC on a bus­man’s hol­i­day and am pack­ing in as many shows as pos­si­ble. Be­cause of that I’ve been tak­ing a closer in­ter­est than usual in Broad­way prices, which tend to the as­tro­nom­i­cal. It was re­ported re­cently that for the Broad­way sea­son just fin­ished (the th­es­pian year ends in May), box­of­fice re­ceipts were at a record high of about $US1.1 bil­lion ($1.12bn). This wasn’t be­cause more and more peo­ple were at­tend­ing the the­atre. No, it’s be­cause prices are so high, in­clud­ing the now usual prac­tice of hav­ing a nice num­ber of pre­mium — ul­tra-pre­mium — priced seats for those well-heeled enough not to have to book in ad­vance. Top price for the just-closed Death of a Sales­man, which starred Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man and was a hot­ter-than-hot ticket, was $US499, now more than 500 of our fine Aussie dol­lars. And it’s not even a mu­si­cal (at least I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the song-and­dance ver­sion.) Sup­ply and de­mand is the name of the game, and one does won­der when it may catch on in the land of Oz. While speak­ing of Broad­way, let’s hope there’s plenty of de­mand for the up­com­ing re­vival of An­nie, to star our very own An­thony War­low mak­ing his Great White Way de­but as Daddy War­bucks. We salute you.

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