Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Broadway: Hello? Producer Scott Rudin Will Shore Up Empty Theaters with Fifty Dollar Seats for Next 2 Weeks


Hello, hello, hello?

Starting Thursday at noon you’ll be able to buy tickets to “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway for just fifty clams. That’s because Scott Rudin, who was having trouble selling seats anyway, has a PT Barnum plan to save his five shows.

Rudin’s shows will sell empty seats from March 12- 29th for just that much to The Book of Mormon, How to Kill a Mockingbird, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Lehman Trilogy, and West Side Story.

Why? He’s got to. Michael Riedel said on WOR Radio this morning that he spoke to Rudin, who said his casts were playing to half-filled houses. That’s how many cancellations there have been since the CoronaVirus sent panic through the population. Riedel assumes, and I do, too that you get a refund if you cancel. Let me know if that’s not the case at

“Book of Mormon” was already ailing after 11 years. Mockingbird had slowed down tremendously since Ed Harris took over for Jeff Daniels. “The Lehman Trilogy” was already lower priced.

The sale only goes through March 29th. But Rudin may have to extend that, especially in the case of “Mormon.” Here’s their availability for April 3rd. It’s like this most nights:


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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