looking for a ballet
Posted 20 April 2002 - 06:36 PM
Posted 20 April 2002 - 07:41 PM
Posted 20 April 2002 - 08:19 PM
I have two additional suggestions: buy the cheapest seats you can find, then do an "instant upgrade" at intermission. Few performances sell out, so you can probably find empty seats toward the back or side of other seating areas. Hint: if you have an overcoat (or a large package or anything that might be conspicuous), check it. It's worth the $1.75, plus the quarter tip.
I've always assumed that this was passed on in the student folk culture, but I'm not sure today.
Alternatively, arrive half an hour early and ask for tickets from the nice ladies at the NYCB Guild desk. They have access to unused subscription tickets. While they give you no discount, they give you prime locations. There's no discount, but the locations are prime.
Posted 21 April 2002 - 04:52 AM
Posted 21 April 2002 - 08:02 AM
Posted 21 April 2002 - 09:24 AM
From what is written on the site, the ticket prices range from $28 to $76 (the prices for the 5th ring are not written, I don't know if it's different).
Mel, with one Fourth Ring society card ($15) one can purchase Fourth ring two tickets ($12 each), so it seems that it still would be a bit less expensive than buying two normal Fourth ring tickets (15+12+12= $39 instead of 28+28=$56)?
Posted 21 April 2002 - 09:26 AM
Posted 23 April 2002 - 07:09 AM
Posted 23 April 2002 - 08:20 AM
Posted 23 April 2002 - 10:07 PM
As Leigh points out, you do get great sight lines to the stage. Philip Johnson, the architect, saw to that. But, as one of the theatre's elevator operators used to joke, "oxygen masks and nosebleed treatments are under your seat."
As a former marketing executive, I see the Fourth Ring Society as a classic "sampling" campaign. Give people a chance to sample the company at a steeply discounted price with an added value -- an explanatory chat with a member of the company -- and, if they come to love the company as much as we do, they might become regular buyers at standard prices.
In my student days, on more than one night with vacant seats, I did my own research and discovered that the Third Ring is close enough to make faces recognizable but high enough to save a substantial amoung on a subscription. This is my recommendation to Fourth Ring Society members.
Posted 23 April 2002 - 10:31 PM
To return to the original question of Danzmaniac, if you are buying tickets for a repertory performance (as opposed to Nutcracker), especially on weekday nights, the fourth ring usually does not sell out (although it has for all-Balanchine evenings - which I think should tell us something. . .) and the seats closer to the stage (up to around row G) are probably available even on the day of performance. These are about $25. With 4RS, they are $12, but again, you need to order that from NYCB and it takes some time. (Can you do it on their website?)
Another time-honored tactic is standing room. The State Theater is reasonable about their standing room policy. It costs $15 dollars, you stand behind the back seats in the fourth ring, but you are almost always able to sit just as the ballet begins, and the ushers are quite tolerant of this, as opposed to the Met, where they stay to prevent people from sitting. Another reason that in my student days I went to NYCB all the time and almost never went to ABT. . .Sometimes I think these contrasting audience policies are why NYCB's core audience is so different than ABT's.
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