Tickets for all the shows at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival went on sale July 30, and the popular downtown theatre event took in just under $25,000 in sales (all at $15 per ticket) in its first 24 hours, according to a spokesperson. As of Aug. 8, $100,000 worth of tickets had been purchased.
The festival's big first-day intake was up about 45% over the previous year's at this time. Among the early hot tickets for the ninth annual summer event are Bridezilla Strikes Back!, Fleet Week, Extraordinary and Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daisies.
The Rude Pundit in the Year of Living Rudely has sold out its run, and Silence! The Musical is well on its way.
A complete guide for all the shows at this year's New York International Fringe Festival, Aug. 12-28, is now available online at www.FringeNYC.org. Tickets to all shows are $15 each, and multi-show discount passes are also available. For more information, call (212) 279-4488 (in NY) or (888) FringeNYC (outside NY).
More than 200 submissions were invited to FringeNYC 2005 (almost 180 of which will participate). As in previous years (e.g. The Passion of George W. Bush and Infertility, The Musical That's Hard to Conceive), some shows employ unique titles to vie for attention among the many works to be seen at this year's festival. Among the eye-catching titles this year are:
You Wanna Piece of Me? Following in the Urinetown formula, a number of musicals are announcing their genre within their name, including:
You Again, a musical about cloning Lastly (though pared down from previous years), there are the standard long-named shows including:
UNSPEAKABLE: Richard Pryor Live & Uncensored, a dramatic fantasia Among the more famous of Fringe alumni are the Off-Broadway stagings of Never Swim Alone, 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, Debbie Does Dallas, Matt & Ben, The Joys of Sex and the upcoming Off-Broadway show, Dog Sees God. The grande dame of all Fringe alum is the Tony Award-winning Urinetown, which graduated to Off-Broadway, then Broadway and has since toured across the country.
Tickets to the Fringe Festival will be $15. For more information, including volunteer details, call (212) 279-4488 or visit the website at www.FringeNYC.org.