‘Potter’ refuses resold tickets; Schumer wants law against U.S. scalpers

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is running at the palace Theatre.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is running at the Palace Theatre in London.

Is the secondary ticket market finally under siege on both sides of the Atlantic? Yes! And it’s about time.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is proposing stiff fines for reselling Broadway tkts and in London “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is refusing to honor tkts not sold by legit vendors. In some cases — like for “Hamilton” — we’re talking hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Ouch!

“Hamilton” star and creator Linn-Manuel Miranda and Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin are supporting Schumer‘s sponsorship of legislation that would impose a $16,000 fine on those who use automated ticket purchasing software to purchase tickets online.What’s not clear to me, at this point, is that per transaction? If not, paying the fine could be cheaper — much cheaper — than scalping tkts, as it used to be known. The story  on Playbill.com doesn’t say.

Reselling tkts is illegal in NY state, but not in New Jersey or other states where resellers have relocated to avoid prosecution. It’s kinda like getting rid of cockroaches: fumigate one apartment in the building and they just move next door.

Schumer wants to make it illegal nation-wide. He’s on our side. (Couldn’t resist. You should be hearing the theme song from  Nationwide Insurance by now.)

Meanwhile, in London, a much smaller country,  “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender “reportedly instructed the Palace Theatre staff to accept only those tickets sold by Nimax and ATG services, and not to accept tickets that have been purchased on the so-called secondary market,” according to Playbill.com.

My son and I tried to get Bruce Springsteen tkts for his latest tour, working two laptops, watching our screens constantly,  reloading. Never. Got. Close. Within 12 minutes they were for sale on the secondary market for many hundreds of dollars.

That’s just not right. Fans pay much, much more money. Talents loses much, much more money. And the scalper — who contributed nothing and risked no money — reaps profits galore.

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"Hamilton" stars Lin-Manuel Miranda (right) and sold out during its run off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York. (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (right) wrote and played the  title character. (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)

 

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