TrueTheatergoer: ‘TheatreThoughts: Standing Room,’ and Rate Your Shows & Win $100 in Tickets & Predict The Helen Hayes Winners & Win $200.00 by John and Stephen Hauge

Every week we will be sharing John and Stephen Hauge’s TheaterThoughts from their popular site TrueTheatergoer.

John Hauge.
John Hauge.

From John Hauge: “My brother Stephen and I created the website in October 2011 to promote theater in Washington, DC and on Broadway by providing an enriching collection of information on current shows and composite audience reviews and ratings of these shows. Our hope is to further develop a community excited about theater and willing to write short comments of shows so others can benefit from their experiences.”




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This Week’s TheaterThoughts: Standing Room

 Currently seven Broadway shows (ChicagoHedwig and the Angry InchMamma Mia!MatildaNewsiesThe Book of Mormon and The Phantom of the Opera) offer “standing room.” This practice generally means that if a show is sold out, a person in the waiting line may purchase a place to stand (behind the orchestra seats) to watch the show. (The number of persons so enabled is limited by the number of places to stand.)

Having stood in such a line last night, your reporter can say that the experience of talking with fellow theater-goers was marvelous, full of rich stories of performances seen and of those warmly remembered.

If the show is not sold out, however, (last night’s had 12 seats left), theaters do not sell “standing room” tickets. On the surface this seems logical: why discount an available seat (say, $145) to a “standing room” space (say, $27)?

Yet the clientele in the line is clearly different. After all, if a person wanted to spend $145, he or she would buy a seat, if available. The standee typically does not want to or cannot spend the extra money, so relies on “standing room,” especially when the rear mezzanine and balcony seats are sold out.

The result is no revenue from the empty expensive seats and none from the empty “standing room” spaces. To what purpose? Every show can benefit from the extra word of mouth as well as the good will generated by fervent theater-goers willing to spend up to five hours in line — and then stand for 90 to 150 minutes to see the show.

So Broadway management: please reconsider this policy, and encourage theater-going by broadening its reach.


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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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