It's a Hit: NYC Fringe Shows Begin to Sell Out

News   It's a Hit: NYC Fringe Shows Begin to Sell Out In a new development for the seven-year-old New York International Fringe Festival, shows have begun to sell out before the first curtain goes up.

Slut, a new musical comedy by Stephen Sislen and Ben Winters, has sold every ticket to its Fringe run. Tickets to festival attractions went on sale July 25 at noon. The Present Company-produced festival will run Aug. 8-24.

Other shows close to selling out include, according to a press spokesman, Pinafore!, a gay adaptation of the Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta; Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical, based on the famed disaster flick; Waiter Waiter, Why They Invented Dancing; and Third Floor, Second Door to the Right, a drama starring Allan Arbus.

Capacity audiences are not unknown at the Fringe, but they usually come in the final days of the festival, after word of mouth about hot shows has spread. (The last performance of the 1999 premiere of Urinetown, for instance, sold out.) In the past, initial performances have met with sparsely filled houses.

A complete list of shows with times and venue information is available on the website at www.FringeNYC.org. FringeNYC guide booklets will be available at all Manhattan Borders Books and Music outlets beginning Aug. 2.

This year's FringeNYC will feature nearly 200 works from 10 countries and fifteen states. For the first time, the summer staple will add many West Village venues. Among the spaces include Bank Street Theater, Bottle Factory Theater, Cherry Lane Studio, Fat Chance Productions Ground Floor Theatre, Greenwich House, Greenwich Street Theatre, La Tea, Linhart Theatre, Our Lady of Pompeii, Red Room, The Great Hall, The Independent, The Kraine, The Play Room, Under St Marks, Washington Square UMC, Westbeth Community Center, Wings Theatre Company, Wollman Auditorium and Wollman Lounge. The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), which boasts the title of "the largest multi-arts festival in North America," will include outdoor performances (FringeAlFresco), panel discussions, workshops and conferences (FringeU), as well as family-oriented shows and activities for children (FringeJr).

Tickets to the Fringe Festival are $15 and can be purchased in person at FringeCentral, located at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal at Eighth Street), beginning Aug. 1. For more information, visit www.fringenyc.org or call (212) 279 4488.