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re: "Fire Shut up in My Bones" looks like a big hit for The Met: Tix tonight
Posted by: NewtonUK 03:39 pm EDT 10/08/21
In reply to: re: "Fire Shut up in My Bones" looks like a big hit for The Met - Singapore/Fling 01:42 pm EDT 10/08/21

At the moment (3.33p)\
62 orchestra seats still available
42 Parterre
65 Grand Tier
3 Balcony.

They only do lottery tix when the sides of the house have a lot of availability - not for scattered better seats ....

Porgy and Bess is a major score, with tons of 'hit tunes' - a national treasure of a work. FIRE SHUT UP is an interesting work, capturing the zeitgeist, but its hard to see it entering the standard repertoire. Like Porgy (which has great trouble being done in opera houses around the world), the all black cast raises large economic issues. Even the most diverse opera company in America would have only about 10-15% of its chorus as African American artists. The majority of the chorus, and small roles usually played by company members, would need to be overhires just for producing PORGY or FIRE. Many opera companies would like to schedule Porgy, but the economics are hugely daunting for most.

Even for the Met, reviving FIRE SHUT UP will always be an expensive proposition - which I am sure they can find donors to cover - but not a small thing.
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