Lincoln Center gets its own TKTS booth.

Starting in the new year, Lincoln Center fans will be able to buy discounted tickets to LC events at the David Rubenstein Atrium on 62nd St.

That’s right, LC is setting up their own TKTS.

And why shouldn’t they?

With the volume of projects they produce, why not have their own discount distribution center?  Why not provide their niche audience with a place that they can call their own (and that has free WiFi, free performances and free restrooms!!!)?

Will this be the first of many?  Will we start to move towards the London model of half-price booths in more than one location?  (If you’ve been to the booth lately, you’ve seen that scalpers have already set up shop on the streets)

Will Roundabout be the next Non-Profit setting up their own half-price booth?

I know that I’ve had the sign below outside my office for months . . . and I can tell you firsthand . . . it works.  🙂

 

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The economic climate puts a spotlight on the “non-profits.”

Ooohhhh, it’s getting nippy out there now.

Skirmishes between the non-profit vs. profit producers started last year, as cries of “Not fair! Not fair!” were heard from many profiteers who raged that productions like South Pacific were unfair competition, since they were designed without the need to be solely dependent on ticket sales.

My take has been that they are more than welcome to come to the club . . . but if they’re getting a reduced cover charge (with unions, creatives, the government), then so should we . . .  especially with some of the exec. pay that’s going around.

We talked about this a long time ago, but Philip Boroff went public with it yesterday in an article on Bloomberg.com that is sure to set off a lot of folks, especially with timely buzz words like “excess” being tossed around.

As it should.

I’ll reiterate what I said in my previous post.  Get paid as much as you can, guys and dolls.  I’m not on your board.  But don’t complain that you have it tougher than the rest of us and deserve a bigger break.

In fact, one of my readers just told me he got a call from one of these theaters recently asking for a donation because they were facing a “budgetary shortfall.”

The truth is?  We all have it tough.  And why the commercial producers get the bad guy rep while the NY non-profits look like Angels in American theater, I’ll never understand.

You don’t see any commercial producers buying any theaters in the last few years, do you?  Yet how many non-profits have?

Watch out NPs.  It’s not the CPs you have to worry about making a fuss.  It’s the unions and creatives.

Because when they read articles like Philip’s, they’re going to start comparing the size of their paychecks to yours.

And, well . . . it does matter.

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