Post Dated Tickets are a Fraud and Farce…and $800+ ticket prices for “Hamilfraudton”….

Part One of this post…..

No Broadway theatre has any intention of honoring a postdate.

What is a postdate?

A postdate is a Broadway show ticket that has not been used by the purchaser on the day of the ticket’s performance.

The idea of it is to permit the patron to use that ticket for any performance available during the run of the show.

The catch is that the patron is to call Tele Charge after 11 on the day of the performance you wish to attend after the date of the original ticket performance has passed. The idea of it is that you are permitted to use that ticket for that day’s performance if space allows.

Sounds good, right?

I am still trying to find a way to see the show before the run of the show ends. I figured I’d see it once more and eat the cost of the second ticket or try to get in to see it for 2 performances, thusly utilizing both postdates.

Sounds easy, right?

Back on April 30, I was told by Tele Charge that I have until October 9 to use the 2 tickets.

I found out by accident that the run of the show is ending on June 26. It was last Wednesday that I found this out.

I have called Tele Charge daily — and on numerous other times since then, asking if the postdate can be honored this evening…

And every time, the answer is no.

Including 10 minutes ago. “No postdates for this run or any show up until Sunday when the show closes.”

If you ask me, I don’t think Tele Charge has any intention of honoring a postdate — I got stuck with my ticket for another show when I found out after the show closed that the show CLOSED.

This also means you cannot go to the theatre, get your 2 hard copy tickets and sell them to somebody on line. The theatre wants to sell 2 fresh and new tickets and make money. NOT let you sell YOURS in front of the theatre. Not honoring postdates so you cannot do that!

Telecharge does not tell you when a show is closing, if you have postdates for that show.

I got a bad nosebleed the day before the performance of American Psycho and I very well could not see the show with packing in my nose and with a sinus headache to boot, thanks to the tampon that was shoved up my right nostril. There was only one ticket. I wanted to see the show and I was going to go by myself. No such luck.

It is a fraud and rip off.

Part 2 of this post:

The $800+ legitimate ticket prices (as in not scalped) for “Hamilton”

You read right! $800+ for a premium seat! and over $100 and more for one of the cheaper seats way up in the never-lands of the theatre.

And the producers had the brass ones to complain about the scalpers? Uh, these ARE now scalped ticket prices! Where is the FTC? Where is the state board that regulates prices for consumers???

Hamil-fraud-ton, as I like to call it, will run indefinitely and these horrifically inflated ticket prices will be the norm.  And no consumer will complain about the price.

The even scarier thing is that there will be some sap ready to fork over the money for the performance and damn the inflated price.

That show can run at least 5 years and I will bet you a billion dollars in profit will be made from this show. A BILLION!

Chicago is running 20 years. Imagine what Hamilfrauditon will rake in over a 20 year period of time!

$800+ for a ticket that’s an orchestra  seat and nobody that’s a huge draw and commands a crush of patrons is in the cast. Sting could not save The Last Ship and who is a bigger name than Sting???

Sad and horrific — if you want to take a date to see the show and eat in the city, expect to fork over half a week’s pay, if you get the cheaper seats. $150 each,  plus a good $100 for dinner, including tip???

No such luck if you wish to take your spouse and kids to see that show. Will cost you a fortune.

And if by chance you cannot make it to the theatre to see the performance, you are shit out of luck for a postdate. Imagine being out $1700 for 2 tickets! Doubtful you will find somebody who can get to you with that cash and pick up the tickets well in advance of the curtain time!

The FTC needs to look into the dishonor of postdates and end these inflated prices. Somebody or someone or some entity is behind these scalped “legit” prices and nobody in charge is ending it.

Screw you, Broadway. That is what I think.

PS, Lin Manuel: Tommy is by far the most original concept for a staged show. Who did this in 1969??? Nobody. Nobody picked up the ball and tried to transition it from concept LP to legitimate rock opera… a rock opera in 1969 -1970, in he midst of 1776 and Oh! Calcutta and Company?

Not likely.

5 thoughts on “Post Dated Tickets are a Fraud and Farce…and $800+ ticket prices for “Hamilfraudton”….”

  1. I had always understood that if you had a ticket for an entertainment, and you couldn’t make it, you were out of luck. For cultural events (orchestra, ballet, etc.) you could deem the ticket price a donation to their cause, but for Broadway, well, tough noogies. A venue can honor post-dated tickets at their discretion, but they have no obligation to do so.

    I visited Ticketmaster and found that the price for a seat at Hamilton, next February, for a Wednesday matinee, is indeed $849, with an gold (or better) American Express card. Perhaps I’m a hopeless old fudd, but no seated entertainment is worth $849. I’ll buy the record and wait (if it’s 20 or 30 years, that’s still OK) for a local group to produce it.

    1. This is a scalped ticket price!

      WHO is behind these prices? I have many a theory and why isn’t the FTC involved in stopping this?

      Ticket sales for that show were abyssimal which is why the show closed. Outside of that, they never honored my post dated tickets. What is the difference? you are not filling every seat, why not honor the postdates??

  2. I have to go along with BrooklynGuy: unless the show is cancelled on the original date of your ticket for some reason, you are out the price of your ticket if you are unable to go. Carnegie Hall will take the ticket(s) back and give you a receipt equal to the value of the ticket(s) that you made a donation to the Carnegie Hall Foundation. If the show closes before your ticket would be valid (i.e. a show that closes 26 June when you are holding a ticket dated 15 July) , you should get a full refund of the ticket price.

    Consider the TKTS booth in Times Square. They sell tickets at half-price, more or less, for different shows daily. Unless there is some deal that the theater has made with TeleCharge to honor the postdates, I’d expect to pay a change fee equal to at least half the cost of the ticket to eliminate the arbitrage opportunity between TKTS and changing the ticket to another date.

    Honoring the postdates is a courtesy to the customer. If the show closes prior to the date that TeleCharge gives you to use the ticket, I don’t think that you are (or should be) entitled to a refund or credit toward other tickets. You got a break the first time around, and it was your obligation to use the tickets in a timely way.

  3. Nope, they were supposed to honor the ticket at a later date.
    That date never happened.

    I called countless times: I was told “not honoring fo this performance” every time I called.

    Postdates are not honored at TKTS.

    The theatre wants to fill the performance’s empty seats first.

    1. Nor would I expect TKTS tickets to be honored at a later date. The whole business model is based on same-day sales. You get the price break because you are willing to go and see the show tonight.

      I didn’t know about postdates, probably because I bought tickets for all of the shows that I saw while i lived in the area at the TKTS booth. I’d reread the disclaimers on the ticket, and at the TeleCharge website. It sounds like you have the equivalent of a “space available” ticket, and not an absolute claim on a ticket at a future performance. It is possible that the deal that TeleCharge made with the theater was to honor some number of tickets on a given day, considering that a substantial majority of theatergoers use the ticket on the date of the show. To have to call every day seems to be unfairly burdensome.

      You could make an FTC complaint and ask for a chargeback on your credit card for the value of the tickets, if that is how you paid for them, because TeleCharge is in breach of contract, as you describe it.

      I haven’t read the theater section of The New York Times in years, but I do have a recollection of closing dates being published in the theater section that were at least a few weeks later than the date of the newspaper in the panel that shows all the shows currently playing .

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