May 17, 1997 |
The former longtime manager of the Forrest Theatre in Center City was charged yesterday with evading taxes on $47,495 he received from ticket brokers for supplying coveted tickets to popular Broadway shows. Alexis M. "Lex" Carlin, 73, of Bala Cynwyd, was charged with one count of filing a false tax return, a misdemeanor. Federal prosecutors contended that by not reporting cash payments from 10 Philadelphia ticket brokers, Carlin evaded $15,525 in federal income taxes. Carlin will plead guilty to the charge, his lawyer said.
April 19, 2010
A recent report revealed yet another perk of political office in New Jersey: reserved concert seating. The state Sports and Exposition Authority held hundreds of seats at its venues last year for distribution by politicians, according to Bloomberg News. The offices of then-Gov. Jon S. Corzine and 21 other elected officials got special access to sellout performances by, among others, boy band the Jonas Brothers and hard-rock has-beens AC/DC. The problem here isn't just that New Jersey politicians have bad taste in music.
May 23, 1997 |
Ever wonder in years past how area ticket brokers got so many choice seats for the hottest theater shows in town? When it came to the Forrest Theatre, one of several city venues, the answer is, by paying "ice," federal prosecutors say. In the theater and ticket-selling industries, "ice" is the nice way of saying "payoff," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald H. Levine. For years, at least 10 area ticket brokers secretly made cash payoffs to Alexis M. Carlin, then house manager at the Forrest Theater in Center City.
January 22, 2002 |
Want to see Donovan McNabb in person on Sunday? It'll cost you. Tickets to Sunday's sold-out NFC championship game in St. Louis will cost three to 10 times face value, as much as $1,300 for the best seat in the Dome at America's Center, according to ticket brokers and judging by online auctions. "This is a big game, and people want to go," said a manager who declined to give his name at Worldwide Tickets Inc. in Cherry Hill. Tickets no better than the Vet's 700 level with face value of $56 will cost from $150 to $275, depending on the ticket broker.
January 19, 2005 |
In less than 10 minutes, they were gone. Those who got Eagles tickets yesterday through Ticketmaster are feeling lucky today. The only tickets left are in the hands of ticket brokers, who are selling seats to deep-pocket fans willing to shell out the cash to see Sunday's NFC championship game between the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. The prices are astounding. For a party of 24, seats in a private, enclosed suite can be purchased for as much as $62,000. Depending on the row and field location, two upper-deck seats in the 200 level are going for more than $600.
November 9, 1988 |
If you're desperate to see "Les Miserables," the hottest musical attraction this town's ever seen, it's probably gonna cost you . . . dearly. The Philadelphia engagement of "Les Miz" opened for previews at the Forrest Theatre Oct. 8 with almost $8 million advance sales and almost 85 percent of the engagement sold out, said house manager Lex Carlin. The week after its offical Oct. 27 opening (to rave reviews), the Forrest posted an eight-week extension that will keep the show here at least until March 11. Carlin says a lucky few can pick up "single seats almost every night" at the box office - at $45, $35 or $25 a pop (except for the Wednesday matinee, when seats sell for $40, $30 and $20)
May 30, 1997 |
You can still get the hottest ticket in town if you want to spend hundreds of dollars. The lowest price quoted in a Daily News survey of ticket brokers for tomorrow's game in the Stanley Cup finals: $250. More common: $300 for the mezzanine, $450 and up for the lower level. "A lot of people are waiting for the market to fall a little bit" before buying tickets, said Tom Patania, president of the East Coast Ticket Brokers Association. He said if that happens it will occur late today or early tomorrow.
May 31, 2000 |
The Indiana Pacers want their own fans sitting courtside for tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals - and they're willing to pay for it. In an effort to prevent New York Knicks fans from buying the choice tickets, the Pacers' co-owners are dipping into their own pockets. Melvin and Herb Simon said yesterday they will purchase any courtside tickets that season ticketholders were planning to sell. And they will match the price offered by ticket brokers. The seats that are repurchased by the Simons will be donated to local area youths who would otherwise not have a chance to sit courtside, the Pacers said.
June 2, 2010 |
Time to empty out the all-Flyers mailbag: - Deron Deron, I was thinking the same thing. Obviously the Wachovia Center will be all orange and black for Game 3, but I thought more Flyers fans would make the trip to Chicago. Philly sports fans generally travel well, but when I went looking for Flyers supporters at the United Center there were fewer of them than anticipated. That might have something to do with Memorial Day weekend. I'm sure some people made vacation plans well in advance of the Flyers improbable run to the Finals.
April 24, 1998 |
When tickets to the Spice Girls concert at Madison Square Garden were gobbled up in 12 minutes last week, the New York attorney general's office thought something was fishy and investigated. But some ticket-agent and venue officials contend selling out a 13,000-seat show - featuring one of the hottest groups in the world - in a matter of minutes is not that unusual. "The days of people lining up three days in advance in a line three quarters of a mile long are over," said Larry Solters, a spokesman for TicketMaster.