Queue the Audience?

Friday, December 11, 2009 - 10:34 AM

There is a disturbing new trend on Broadway--and I’m not talking about turning movies into shows or juke box musicals.

It is this new habit of audiences forming a line to enter to the theater. When did this start? What is it for? It’s not General Seating, you have a ticket for a specific seat, so what is the purpose?

I understand the line for the TKTS Booth. That make sense, but not at the theater.

I think it must be mostly tourists who are trying to be nice and orderly. I am normally a big fan of nice and orderly, but not in this case. I saw my first Broadway show in the 1970’s, have seen hundreds since, have never once stood on line to get in the theater and I don’t plan to start now!

Think of any movie you’ve ever seen about Broadway. There is something traditional, exciting, even romantic about an unorganized mass of theater patrons huddling under the marquee siphoning into these landmark buildings.

How about you? Do you stand in line for a Broadway show--or will you stand with me in protest?

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Comments [65]

Helene Spierman from Valley Stream, NY

Gracious! I found my pet peeve on this blog, the title of which was unrelated to the subject: the lack of an advance playlist. Yes, it certainly is annoying to not be able to plan one's listening. I like the suggestion of a generic listing.

Apr. 16 2010 12:15 AM

Re: the restrictions on advanced publication of the playlist, I think a lot of listeners would be fine with a stripped down version that falls within the law. For example:

1 - 1:30
Instrumental piece by J.S. Bach
Concerto by Mozart
Symphony by Brahms

2:00 - 2:30
Aria from Tosca
Concerto by Vivaldi

Etc.....

Mar. 11 2010 12:32 PM
arnie beilin

I can't figure out the lines either. I just hang around by the front doors and just walk in as soon as the doors open. Nobody as every stopped me.

Mar. 07 2010 10:15 AM
Phyllis

I haven't attended a B'Way show in several years, (ticket prices are out my range, and most are revivals and I saw the orignals) so I'm not acquainted with the lines. But I remember the crowd of people in front of the theatre and the crowd in the lobby. The crowd meant this is a hit show! And this added to the excitement of going to a B'Way show!

Feb. 12 2010 08:00 PM
Nadine R. Gill from Manhattan

Would these lines have anything to do with security?

Jan. 30 2010 11:17 AM
y.d. jordan from montclair, NJ

I usually breeze through the line and never had any trouble. so what's the trouble?

Jan. 29 2010 01:04 PM

Yes, I'm afraid the recent digital laws do not allow us to publish the upcoming playlist. Wish we could, but we cannot.

Jan. 16 2010 08:11 AM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

For Mario-

Here is the text from Title 17 Copyrights:

U.S. Code Title 17 Chapter 1 Sec 114(d)(2)(B)(ii)

"(ii) The transmitting entity does not cause to be published by means of an advance program schedule or prior announcement the titles of the specific sound recordings or phonorecords embodying such sound recordings to be transmitted"

and (C)(ii) "the retransmitting entity does not cause to be published, or induce or facilitate the publication, by means of an advance program schedule or prior announcement, the titles of the specific sound recordings to be transmitted, the phonorecords embodying such sound recordings, or, other than for illustrative purposes, the names of the featured artists, except that this clause does not disqualify a transmitting entity that makes a prior announcement that a particular artist will be featured within an unspecified future time period..."

Jan. 12 2010 09:05 PM
Mario Russo from New Jersey

I am trying to get through to WQXR to ask why the playlist only displays music that has already run and not selections that will be run. The point of a playlist is to be able to plan our listening for the day.

Jan. 12 2010 06:10 PM
Margaret from New York City

Elliott,
I think the line in from of Broadway theaters is a sign of the changing times.
I already left a comment about this earlier, and my comment was erased by WQXR much to my annoyance. This probably occurred because I gave my opinion that you were being entirely too spoiled (like a child) for saying that this new trend was disturbing to you and that you wanted us to join you in protest.

Hey, I am entitled to my opinion !!! even if I was not in agreement with you. This is a public radio station isn't it?
I think the fact that my earlier comment was erased by WQXR also adds to my distaste for the way this station is handled ever since October 8, 2009. And I think that's something to be up in arms about. I realize a lot of others like the station, but I am very disappointed.
So go ahead and protest about the lines at the theater. I am smiling to myself at your blog.
-Margaret

Jan. 04 2010 07:27 PM

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Jan. 04 2010 02:40 PM
Philippe

I wouldn't know - I've always made full use of the 10-minute grace to curtain time; invariably, I arrive after the announced curtain time but before the actual curtain and everyone's already seated and. If you're inclined to try this strategy, be mindful that at Lincoln Center Theater productions or houses operated by LCT the announced curtain time is really it: no grace there.

Jan. 01 2010 08:37 AM
Roseanne

I noticed this gradually happening post 9/11. Unfortunately, as lady's handbags and mens attache cases are looked in we seem forced into a line. Another little bit of life altered post 9/11.

Dec. 31 2009 07:09 PM
TishTash from Merrick, NY

Three points:

1) Theatres need to open up at least an hour before the show. Opening the doors 20 min prior creates the lines, and perhaps, as mentioned, the illusion that the show is more popular than it is. It's also a perpetuation of the security checks from 9/11/01, but since this is not done anymore by any theatre I've been to lately, this reason has become a bit silly,

2) Since there is a line, you should really wait on it (or "in" it if you're not from NYC). It's not the people on line who are at fault, and cutting ahead of them just ticks everyone off, and deflects the blame from the theatre management, and

3) Show up early! Less stress, less bathroom waits, you can eat for a reasonable price OUTSIDE the theatre, and as someone said, you can explore the architechture of the theatre.

Dec. 14 2009 12:01 PM
Anne

I dislike the Broadway queues, too. This bizarre phenomenon doesn't exist in London's West End, probably because theatres open an hour before showtime. (Or maybe even earlier? I don't actually know; they're always open by the time I want to get in!)

As a European, I would like to offer some constructive feedback to the person called Kay who commented a few posts above me.

"It it is tourists (mostly). They have no idea where to go or what to do and they really do think seating is like at the movies."

Are you reading the minds of the tourists? Your theory doesn't really make sense to me, since in Europe (at least the UK and Finland - the two countries where I've lived), there's actually reserved seating _at the cinema_!

"Also, having spent more than they've ever spent to see whatever tv celeb they want to see live, they don't want to spend any more money either."

You make it sound like the tourists have to use up a month's wages to visit the theatre! :D I'd kindly like to point out that Northern Europe is considerably more expensive. Everything in the States (yes, even in New York City) is 30% to 60% cheaper for us than it would be at home!

Dec. 14 2009 09:18 AM
Alicia

Perhaps if the house opened more than 30 mins to showtime and had multiple ticket takers, we wouldn't have to wait in line just because we arrive 20 minutes early. Not everything can be planned to-the-minute, so sometimes people arrive earlier than others may deem necessary. People may also want to arrive early to have a drink, buy merchandise, or not have to climb over dozens of people to get to their seat.

Alternatively, opening the house earlier leads to more need for crowd control within the theater for picture-takers, etc. They want to get people in, seated, and start the show, rather than d*ck around for an hour with loiterers.

I don't really understand why this is something to be bothered by, though. What does it hurt "early"birds to have to stand in line for a few minutes? I've never had a negative experience waiting in line for a few before the house opens.

Dec. 13 2009 05:41 PM
Kimberly from New York

Don't blame the tourists for the lines, blame the house management with their red velvet ropes and employees directing people to the line of ticket holders. Add security checking bags and only having one door open and one ticket taker.

I like to get to the theater early enough to find my seat, get comfortable and flip through the playbill before the lights go dark. This means having to stand on line or appearing rude to those who are. I join the line.

Also, regarding queuing for the bus. I first saw thus done in England and Ireland and wished it would come to the US. Buses are general seating. And if I'm at the stop first I should get first chance at a seat.

Dec. 13 2009 11:40 AM
Nancy Donahue from United States

Elliott,
Having been a NYer for 50 years, I have come to know and appreciate "the line". I consider it a real NY thing. The old joke is if a NYer sees a line he gets on it.
Give me an orderly line any day as opposed to a mob jockeying for position at the theatre door. With a line you know exactly where you stand (pun intended). NYers are very serious about the line, and God forbid anyone tries to break it. We do make allowances for out of towners sometimes.
Nancy Donahue

Dec. 13 2009 10:32 AM
Francisca Sabadie

well, i am glad you raised the question because i was wondering when this started and why it started so i had assumed that it was management which was insisting on this for the sake of orderliness but much prefer the cocktail party atmosphere that used to prevail with clusters of people waiting outside so i like your suggestion of, as my mother would say, "chacun a son gout"

Dec. 12 2009 06:32 PM
Yvonne Groseil from Manhattan

I agree that the lineup is annoying and not conducive to a good theater experience; the theaters should open earlier. I also hate the ubiquitous standing ovation and always sit through it. On a tangent, I find it interesting how many writers say "in line" rather than the New Yorkese "on line."

Dec. 12 2009 01:34 PM
Ben from Nerw Jerasey

If I had paid for the tickets, which are assigned seats, I do not wait. The tickets are expensive and wish to enjoy the whole experience.

The only time that I would wait outside is if I am meeting another person to show up.
Once either he or she shows up, we enter.

Dec. 12 2009 12:34 PM
Nessa Picker from NYC

Theaters don't open their doors until half-hour before the curtain. They used to have more than one ticket taker and people didn't seem to be hysterical about getting to their seats. And the lobbies are non-existent. I think this all began after 9/11 with bag searches. My solution is to arrive fifteen minutes before curtain. Any earlier is nuts.

And I agree with Lou Miano. Waiting in line is rehearsal for the automatic standing ovation. It's a very rare performance that deserves one.

Dec. 12 2009 10:54 AM
Bill Walters from NYC

Reason for avoiding the line: It is not needed except for the producer's desire to be a (collective) control freak. The only time I did the line routine was at the Belasco Theatre. The show was the one-man depiction of John Barrymore. The line was all the way to 6th avenue. It was cold and I wanted to stay under the marquee and out of the weather. The chief usher told me (actually demanded) that I join the line... but I have a reserved seat I said... too bad she said, get to the end of the line. I walked all the way to 6th avenue and around the corner all the way to 44th street. Then of course, when the line slowly moved back to the theatre, there was the head usher smiling at me. The show (not the Christopher Plummer version) was not very good, certainly not worth standing in line for.

Dec. 12 2009 10:50 AM
john Goodwin from Demarest, NJ

I've been going to Broadway shows since the 1950s when I saved money from my newspaper
route. Saw My Fair Lady, S. Pacific, Wonderful town & more. I get on line when I've gotten there early & management seems slower & slower to open the house or when I don't have a ticket. Best wishes, John Goodwin

Dec. 12 2009 09:55 AM
cindy hawkins legorreta from NYC

Yes, I agree that standing on line is both unnecessary; it gets my goat as well. Moreover, on a related note, as a teacher who has often been a theatre attendee while a group of students is also watching the performance, I am often astonished by their poor manners. Maybe people who are used to sitting in front of a television/movie screen mistakenly carry the same mind-set into a Broadway theatre or classical concert setting, who knows? Anyway, wouldn't it be marvelous if one of our hipper New York learning institutions offered for example, a one day seminar in Audience Education - literally, "How to Go To The Theatre." It would cover the entire experience, from arrival at the theatre, through performance, as well as what I like to call "Audience Etiquette." I've seen some patrons behavior that has made me want to run for the exit! Sadly, I also find myself attending the theatre theatre/concert hall less frequently because of it. The standing-on-line-phenomenon, (well-meant or not) is to me simply a sign of theatre patrons cluelessness as to HOW TO BEHAVE while attending a performance.

Dec. 12 2009 09:47 AM
Jim True

Having once been physically pushed and injured by the unruly mob jockeying to push their tickets to the person scanning them in order to get into the theater, I welcome an orderly line.

In your blog, and in all the comments that followed, I see many people complaining about the line, but not one person (including you) who explained why the line is something to be avoided. Give me a line over a mob any day.

Dec. 12 2009 09:46 AM
Terry Perkins from New York City

In many cases the imptetus to form a line isn't originating the the audience, but with the theater management. I've observed a number of instances when a theater employee, standing on the sidewalk, instructs ticket holders to go to the end of the line. Ignore those guys and you risk the scorn of others who obediently obeyed. Elliott, maybe the place to focus your protest is with theater managemenet, not the out of towners.

Dec. 12 2009 09:37 AM
John from Morristown, NJ

Queuing before entering a Broadway show?
If it means lining up outside on the cold sidewalk
4getabouit!

Dec. 12 2009 09:28 AM
bdot from New Jersey

I first too noticed this when I went to Phantom. I get everywhere early, so I have a lot of experience with this. If I get there before the doors open, I am happy wot wait in line... that 'crush' that still happens in a few places in scarey, ESPECIALLY if you have someone young or elderly with you. Imagine being 3 feet tall and being a part of a momb trying to squeeze thru the one door that has been opened. I believe the solution is simple (and has been stated here already). Open the doors earlier!!! That way, if I am early, I can get inside early. Then when you people who arrive 10 minutes before the show get there, there will be no line!

Lincoln Center does not have lines because it has LOBBIES where early arrivers can get out of the cold or rain, and perhaps use the rest room. At Broadway shows, the line for the Ladies Room before the show is almost as bad as it is at intermission.

I have never had anyone cut in the line at a Broadway show, as a few posters have mentioned they do, but again, since I am really early, I probably miss seeing you by about 20 minutes!

Dec. 12 2009 09:15 AM
June

I so resent the lines that I now arrive just a few minutes before the curtain so I don't even have to watch them file in - meaning I often have to climb over others in the row. Ah, well. I applaud others' comments about the automatic standing o and eating takeout during a performance - I have completely stopped attending matinees after 5 shows in a row featured audience members attacking their luncheon doggie bags during the performance. I find attending previews or performances on Tuesdays helps.

Dec. 12 2009 09:14 AM
Robert Dagny from New York

Right on.... I NEVER will stand on line if I already have a reserved seat....Why should I get to a theatre more than 30 minutes before the curtain with a reserved seat. That's a waste of this New Yorker's time and not necessary... That's why I don't like general admission policies. Broadway is not Disneyworld and I think that it's the tourists who are used to standing on line for rides there and other places... They don't get it... I remember once arriving at a Broadway show with my ticket in hand and as people were entering the theatre I just joined in. Someone was very upset that I "cut" the line and I said to him I won't be sitting in your seat so what does it matter. He didn't get it. And was very upset.... I told him to "get over it"... I don't think he did.... Oh, well, whatever.... No line up for me.

Dec. 11 2009 10:23 PM
Bernie Hughes from Bridgewater, NH

The idea of lining up for a show is nothing more than a marketing ploy. If people see a line they want to join it lest they miss something. The shopping mall retailers are copying this now for their own gain and how mightily it works. Truly a sad commentary on today’s world.

Dec. 11 2009 02:33 PM
Lauren Scott from Manhattan

I totally agree with you, Elliot, and this has become one of my pet peeves. There is no sense to lining up to go into a theatre where you have reserved seats. I think the theatre managers who aid and abet this just think it's a way to control the crush, which shouldn't be controlled! I'm with you in refusing to line up. I also liked the comment that the line was instituted by the same people who brought us the automatic standing ovation, another of my pet peeves!

Dec. 11 2009 12:57 PM
Bill Walters from NYC

It is in many ways a marketing ploy, but many of the people commenting here are correct: 1) Don't cut the line 2) Tourists are used to standing in line 3) There are more important things (cell phones, talking, rattling of candy wrappers, flash cameras, ets) 4) If you don't approve, wait under the marquee (or come later) 5) "Phantom" producers wanted to make it look like an important occasion (tourists always ask "Where are the big stars? Are they coming?") It is a silly "custom", but we have to live with it. It is especially annoying when the long lines at different theatres merge together and especially annoying when the long lines at the Brooks Atkinson merge with the long lines for the Gray Line tour bus at 47th and 8th. Bus passengers wind up in the theatre and theatre patrons end up going on a sightseeing tour

Dec. 11 2009 12:53 PM
Alfred from Manhattan

The longer the show is running, especially musicals, the longer the line. It's all a publicity and marketing tool.
Go to previews and you'll rarely see a line as the audience is mostly locals. Or when going to a long running show, with bus loads of tourists, avoid the line by just filtering in with the others.

Dec. 11 2009 12:50 PM
peggy from 10065

It's not just the theatre. When did people start lining up for the bus? and who told 'em to do that? in my nabe, it's not the tourists because there arent any, it's we locals. Perhaps the tragedy of Sept 11th made us more docile and cooperative. something is sure missing!

Dec. 11 2009 12:45 PM
Jon Reiner from Manhattan

Yes, this behavior has been happening since the time of "The Producers." It's what separates the tourists from the natives. Queuing early on a long line -- for reserved seats? Not even sheep would do that.

Dec. 11 2009 12:42 PM
Gerry DeChaves

Of course, the line is deliberately caused by the theatres/shows owners. They want to create the impression that the shows are very popular and in high demand.

Dec. 11 2009 12:34 PM
Karlene Wiese from New York City

I refuse to stand in line at B'way theatres. I believe it started with Mel Brooks' "Producers" where he had ushers forcing the ticket holders to stand in line to the corner and around 8th Ave so it looked as if they were waiting to buy (marketing). The lines are totally unnecessary and block the entire sidewalk,taking away from the glamour of the "crush" that we have all come to enjoy as part of the Broadway experience.

Dec. 11 2009 11:59 AM
Saul Zalkin from Manhttan

As a born and bred New Yorker I often arrive at a venue early enough to find my seat, perhaps use a toilet and chat with my fellow attendees. I'm talking about concert venues as well as Broadway. People need to find their seats, put a coat down etc etc. We're not all snobby enought o think we can arrive 2 minutes before the performance and have to walk all over the poeple in the row.

Dec. 11 2009 11:44 AM
Mary Ellen Griffin from United States

In Minnesota they line up for the elevator, and in Great Britain, they line up for everything. The people who started this trend probably watched the Soup Nazi rerun a few times too many.

Dec. 11 2009 11:43 AM
Emma from NJ

I don't go to a lot of Broadway shows, but I agree the lines make no sense at all. There are never any lines at Lincoln Center, even for a sold-out performance at the Metropolitan Opera. We all just bunch up and go in, with hardly any wait. I do think the theaters should open a little earlier so people can get settled in. Now don't get me starting on people eating in the theater during live performances. That always amazes me.

Dec. 11 2009 11:40 AM
Fred from Manhattan

I guess the people who think its okay to go in ahead of people already in line are the same people who can't be bothered to give up their seat to an elderly person or pregnant woman on the subway.

Maybe there doesn't need to be a line, though I don't quite understand the romance of the resulting cattle call otherwise (my last trip to the Met, where the patrons don't queue, involved more shoving than an Australian Rugby game). Still, if there is a line, there's no excuse to bypass it.

Dec. 11 2009 11:37 AM
EAA from NYC

I agree w/other commenters about the influence of security on the line and 30 minute.

I think you are short-sighted and that we should embrace people wanting to get to the theatre early. You are overlooking a few factors:
1. Actually having time to see the inside of these landmarks (as you aptly describe them)

2. Many indivs come from far away to the shows w/anticipation and expectations of the entire experience of attending a show, not just for the hours they are fixed to their seats and may want a bit of extra time added to their experience so they get to the theatre earlier than you would.

3. If you've just had a drink, snack or meal -- you most likely want to use the bathroom before the show! No? And goodness knows how pathetically small the ladies rooms are in these landmarks and how long the lines are.

Dec. 11 2009 11:37 AM
Lou Miano from NYC

Youve got it all wrong. The tourists are not standing on/in line. They are rehearsing for the Automatic Standing Ovation they are required to perform.

Dec. 11 2009 11:37 AM
Lou Miano from NYC

You've got it all wrong. The tourists are not standing in line. They are rehearsing for the Automatic Standing Ovation.

Dec. 11 2009 11:34 AM
Stacey from NYC

First let me say it's been wonderful having you back on the air during work hours, when I listen to WQXR! I'm a native New Yorker and I too think that the recent development of ticketholders lining up at Broadway shows is absurd. I refuse to do so. I just wait outside and chat with my husband until the line diminishes.

Dec. 11 2009 11:34 AM
Ira Whitman from New York

Don't blame the tourists. The problem is squarely with the theater owners who should open the doors earlier and have their staffs direct the patrons into the theater.

There should also be signs to direct people who are picking up tickets to keep them separate from people who have tickets.

In the end, a line is better than an unruly mob scene.

Dec. 11 2009 11:33 AM
Ray from NJ - The Sixth Borough!

Terrific topic Elliott!

It’s about time someone spoke up on behalf of New Yorkers. I never join those tourist lines and am tired of the looks I get from the people silly enough to stand on a line with their tickets in hand.

We need to take back our town and stop going out of our way to accommodate every little quirk of the tourist trade.

The tourists should adopt to New York habits when visiting and not vice versa.

When in Rome anyone?

Dec. 11 2009 11:29 AM
Malachy Duffy from NYC

The problem is not with tourists. It is the theaters, which make only one door available for entrance long before the show begins. this creates the line out front, which creates the impression that whatever show it is is a huge hit with people thronging to get in!

Dec. 11 2009 11:29 AM
Donald from New Jersey

Maybe you need to educate the Broadway houses to instruct patrons about entering the show, instead of blaming the tourists for being polite and orderly. How proper is it to barge to the head of the line or climb over the laps and feet of seated audience members when you come in after them because you will not wait in line? The problem sounds like it's those experienced, "in-the know" theater goers.

Dec. 11 2009 11:24 AM
Madlyn Dickens from New York City

I'm a New Yorker. I will never wait on a line to enter a theater. This was started by tourists and terrorists, when theaters went through a period of 'security checks'. It's ridiculous, so, fellow New Yorkers, let's just continue to bunch up at the doors the way we always have!

Dec. 11 2009 11:23 AM
Bill Walters from 43rd and Ninth

It's guys like you who are killing the tourist biz in NYC. Elliot, you can't see the forrest for the trees. Tourists are the backbone of NYC: blocking sidewalks, sitting in lawn chairs in the middle of Broadway, not spending their money in constructive ways... standing in line for a show and then going back to Paducah and telling everyone how rude New Yorkers are.

Dec. 11 2009 11:11 AM
Tom Dudzick from Nyack, NY

I agree 100%! I never stand on line. I want to say to the line people, "You're being sheep again! Don't let 'em push you around. This is Broadway, you don't have to do this!"

Dec. 11 2009 11:10 AM
Carol Kennicott

Please, enough with the tourist bashing! In my experience, it has been the staff of the theatres that makes people form a line, and if you don't join it, you don't get inside with enough time to visit the restroom and get to your seat before curtain, because they open the house twenty minutes or half an hour before time of performance. With all of the talking and texting and food wrapper crinkling and phones ringing and message checking going on during every performance, THIS is what you choose to get angry about?

Dec. 11 2009 11:09 AM
Ken Moore from NYC

Agreed. I first noticed it after 9/11 when security tightened and bags were inspected. I now regularly skip the line.
Ken

Dec. 11 2009 11:06 AM
Hank

Aren't more important things to be upset about? Everybody gets in and hopefully enjoys the show. Life is short. Take it easy.

Dec. 11 2009 11:06 AM
Mary Kay from NYC

I smiled when you brought this up. I've been complaining about it for months and have decided to just enjoy the challenge of developing strategies for walking into the theater without annoying those on line. If you're subtle about it, nobody even notices.

Dec. 11 2009 11:05 AM
Edward from New York City

People do not want to wait on line but the theatres do not let us into the theatre until 30 minutes before the curtain time. This has been going on for a number of years. I first noticed it with Phantom of The Opera years ago. I figured that the producers want other theatre people and passerebys to see how popular their show is and hopefully plan to see it down the line. You are right it is very annoying.

Edward Rubin, Theatre Critic for Hi! Drama/Time WarnerCable and NY Theatre Wire. Member of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle.

Dec. 11 2009 10:59 AM
Sergio from Union City, NJ

Elliot,

I completely agree with you. However, I wish you luck in your quest to not wait on line. The last time I did that I was spoken to harshly by a woman on the queue who accused me of rudeness. Further, she insisted that she was a "native New Yorker" and that there had "always been lines." We both know she was wrong, but I don't think my withering smile convinced her much. Alas, courtesy is a big one in my book, and I have grumpily joined the queue.

Dec. 11 2009 10:55 AM
Sari from New York

Agree 100%. Time for a revolt.

Dec. 11 2009 10:55 AM
kay from nyc

Totally with you, Elliott. It does remove the romance of the old days, and it it is tourists (mostly). They have no idea where to go or what to do and they really do think seating is like at the movies. Also, having spent more than they've ever spent to see whatever tv celeb they want to see live, they don't want to spend any more money either.

Dec. 11 2009 10:54 AM
Bonnie Quern

I think this is happening because tour buses unload their contents infront of the theaters and these people are just going to the show so they line up. I just cut right into the line (for years) and smile, never had an angry word with anyone. I will never wait in line.

Dec. 11 2009 10:53 AM
Gilda Gildenberg from New Jersey

I didn't get on line once and those on line almost lynched me- it was not pleasant. I agree lines are not needed.

Dec. 11 2009 10:52 AM
Lori Evanson from NYC

Agreed! That's kind of silly, and I was unaware of this new trend. Guess it's time to go see another show and not stand in line!

Dec. 11 2009 10:52 AM

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