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‘Les Mis’ tickets? C’est difficile

Single seats available for Proctors run

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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— Buying tickets for “Les Mis?” Better go alone.

Proctors has only single seats remaining for the productions of “Les Miserables” that begin April 30. The Saturday night show is entirely sold out, and the best remaining single seats for many others are in the balcony.

None of the seats near the stage are available for any of the shows.

“The tour is doing well all over,” said Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “Most people realize it may be the end of its touring life.”

But the new production of “Les Miserables” has become so popular that there’s talk of bringing it back to Broadway, Morris added.

This version is not the original show, which featured a rotating stage table to segue between scenes. This time, the show includes huge scenic backdrops instead.

The new version also cut most of the popular “Little People” song, performed by a beggar boy. The character still reprises the song before his death.

Morris said tickets have also sold well because many newcomers saw the movie version, which starred Hugh Jackman and earned Anne Hathaway an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.

“Certainly the movie helps,” Morris said.

This isn’t the first Broadway show to sell quickly. The monthlong run of “The Lion King” essentially sold out, as did “Wicked” and “The Phantom Of The Opera.” But even after years of success, Morris said he doesn’t expect the big Broadway show of the year to sell out Proctors.

“Expecting is like the worst word imaginable because if you expect anything, it won’t happen,” he said.

Instead, he said he was pleasantly surprised by ticket sales.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “What I know now, in our sixth year doing major Broadway events in a series format, the community has responded well and better and better.”

Of the 21,000 seats to be sold for the weeklong run of “Les Miserables,” there are about 700 left, he said.

Restaurateurs are looking forward to opening day. The Chamber of Schenectady County said the Broadway shows fill every downtown restaurant.

“Our restaurants do phenomenally,” said spokeswoman Gail Hopper. “In fact, they will not allow us to do Restaurant Week when there’s a show in town.”

But the hotels don’t see much of a lift, she added.

“Some of them will see a small bump,” she said, “but many of [the theater-goers] will drive in and drive home.”

Morris said most ticket-buyers come from the Capital Region, but, he said, there are clusters of sales far from Schenectady.

“What is a little surprising is … western Massachusetts, southern Vermont, the Adirondacks, Binghamton, Oneonta, Poughkeepsie,” he said. “In general, our audience is attracted from longer distances than you would guess.”

 
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