Tickets to the Rebecca Luker revival of The Sound of Music just got a little more expensive. As reported by the New York Post (Jan. 27), the Jujamcyn organization has followed the lead of the Ford Center, Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden in instituting a $1 facilities service charge to all tickets for The Sound of Music at its Martin Beck Theatre. Playbill On-Line confirmed the charge by calling Tele-Charge and asking for a pair of matinee tickets for mid-March. The prices for orchestra were quoted as $70 plus $5.25 service charge plus a $1 "restoration charge" per ticket. The sales agent said the fee was instituted as soon as Sound of Music tickets went on sale. Other Jujamcyn shows, such as Smokey Joe's Cafe, are not affected by the charge.
A spokesperson for The Sound of Music could not comment on the surcharge, since the fee was instituted by the theatre owners and had nothing to do with the production itself, which rents the space. The NY Post quoted an unnamed Jujamcyn source as saying the $1 charge was "just the tip of the iceberg," and that the organization's other theatres -- the St. James, Virginia, Eugene O'Neill and Walter Kerr -- will eventually follow suit. The same source did say the Martin Beck was undergoing "extensive renovation," especially to the bathrooms. Calls to the Jujamcyn by the NY Post were apparently not returned at press time.