A flood of fans hoping to purchase tickets (at the 1989 prices of £22.50, £20, £16.50 and £13.50) gathered in lines around the block at the Prince Edward Theatre, while thousands of others who attempted to purchase tickets online overwhelmed the box-office ticketing system, causing the Delfont Mackintosh Theatre website to crash.
Representatives estimate that over 18,000 people attempted to purchase tickets for the Sept. 22 gala performance. The Prince Edward Theatre seats 1,700.
A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the gala.
The cast of the current London revival will be joined by cast members from the original production for the evening that will be becorded for BBC Radio 2 and will be broadcast in its entirety Sept. 28.
This new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, production design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux, costume design by Andreane Neofitou, lighting design by Bruno Poet, projections realized by Luke Halls, sound design by Mick Potter and orchestrations by William David Brohn. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker and John Rigby. Musical direction is by Alfonso Casado Trigo.