There was an amazing feeling I had when this current season was announced for Broadway in Chicago. It was "we HAVE to see all these shows!" And the most affordable rate was through becoming a subscriber. So we finally did what I had always dreamed of, we bought our own seats. I look at those seats now, and on first Saturdays of a show for 3 hours those seats are ours. There's a wee bit of pride in helping out the arts when you think of that.
But in the blink of reading an article, the decision was made to cancel those wonderful seats. Seriously BIC, I'm starting to realize your ploy of grabbing money now.
The line up for next season is as follows:
West Side Story
Love, Loss and What I Wore
Ann: An Affectionate Portriat of Ann Richards
Donny & Marie: A Christmas in Chicago
La Cage Aux Folles
Come Fly Away
With off-season specials of:
Rock of Ages
Fiddler on the Roof
The Addams Family
In the season line up there are only two shows I want to see out of seven. I think the Donny & Marie being forced in there is the kicker for me. No thank you. And Ann Richards? That couldn't have been traded out for something else? I think that Broadway in Chicago is just catering to their older clientele with half of this listing. Who I'm sure pays the most in tickets, so who can blame them in the end.
Then there's the weird off-season shows. Four of the five have been here in the past two years already. Addams Family bombed not in sales but in reviews, and now Bebe Newirth and Nathan Lane won't be in there. Rock of Ages I just saw in October. Fiddler, just here. Mary Poppins, just here and extended it's stay. And then there's Chicago, which is here for the first time in a bit. Oh, but wait....only for ONE week.
So after one email to my wife with this list she sent back the "should we even bother" message. My answer and she agrees is "NO". We will spend our money buying better seats to West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles and Chicago at least. Maybe a Memphis or Mary Poppins if money and time allows.
Also, this way we'll be able to hold on to more money for smaller theater shows going on around the city that are different and new. With so many show touring across the nation and the world, we bring back things that we just had in our great city.
I'm disappointed to say the least. I really did feel prideful in those first Saturday seats. And maybe others looked at last season and said "snore" while I jumped up and down. And now this season they're happy.
What do you guys think? Do I have the wrong mind set? Should we be able to trade out shows if there are some we absolutely do not want to see?