Like everything else in New York City, popular Broadway musicals have become entertainment only affordable to the super rich 1%. I wonder what Bernie Sanders would say about how affluent you have to be to see any of the nominated musicals for this year’s Tony Awards?
Today, new blocks of tickets were released for the much celebrated Broadway hit – Hamilton. Of course you had to have an AMEX Platinum card with an annual members ship fee of $450 to gain access to purchase them. To make matters more insulting, the orchestra seats are the only ones left and they are priced at $848 each plus service charge and tax. So, for a couple it would be close to $2,000 to see the show and that does not include dinner and transportation. For one night of entertainment that’s a little rich for my blood.
The interesting thing to note is the show’s writer, and star is from pretty average means. Lin-Manuel Miranda grew up in the Inwood section of Northern Manhattan. I bet his parents would never been able to afford a ticket to see the show had he not become a Grammy, Pulitzer and Drama Desk award-winning playwright, producer, actor, and wrapper.
I feel so left out not having seen this show and I really think it’s an important one for my kids to see. Lin-Manuel is pure genius of for taking an important part of American history and infuse it with culturally relevant music, lyrics and today’s issues.
I imagine every kid from sixth grade up should see the show. American history has probably never been more exciting to learn about than this entertaining and powerful production. Sadly, only the kids of the 1%, attending exclusive private schools, have the means and will have a chance to bear witness. They probably will not even appreciate it half as much as the rest of us.