Somehow, I sense yet another large expense in my future. The 2007-2008 Taper Ahmanson season is nigh irresistable, consisting of Avenue Q, The Color Purple, and A Chorus Line, with bonus tickets for Sweeny Todd, My Fair Lady, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Of these, the only one I’m less interested in seeing is A Chorus Line, but I’m sure there will be a significant difference between Cabrillo Music Theatre’s version and the new staging. For Sunday Matinees, in the balcony, the cost will be 3 × ($120+40+25+25), i.e., $630. The last time I subscribed to a Taper-Ahmanson season was back in 1997-1998, when the season was: “Rent”, “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk”, and “Chicago”.
I know that I could try for HotTix on each show, but given we need three tickets, and HotTix is normally limited to two, I think this is less hassle.
Yes, I know theatre is an optional expense. But culture and music is important, and in many cases, theatre is truly a once-in-a-lifetime memory (something you can’t say about movies, which you can watch again and again on DVD). This is also something my daughter will remember throughout her life–I know my parent’s season tickets to the LA Civic Light Opera is what got me started in loving live theatre, and having fond memories of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion.