Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Broadway Season Begins! (And a public service announcement).

Last night we celebrated the beginning of the Bank of America America Best of Broadway Tampa Bay series and the premiere of the touring company of In the Heights.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who conceived In the Heights and wrote the music and lyrics, said a few words before a packed house in Carol Morsani Hall.

I googled "In The Heights Tampa" today to see if any of the papers wrote about opening night.

I found what I was looking for, but I also found several ticket brokers selling In The Heights tickets. As we begin the Broadway season, we cannot be more clear about this: Purchasing tickets from a third party vendor not only ensures that you will pay too much for your ticket, but also puts you at risk for a bogus ticket.

Under Florida Statutes 817.36 Resale of Tickets, which took effect July 1, 2009, it is illegal for any person or entity to offer or resell a ticket to any performance at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center for more than $1 over this nonprofit institution’s originally assigned price. Substantial penalties are in place for violators. All TBPAC tickets are covered by the statute and contain a notice that they cannot be resold for more than their originally assigned face value. To keep our tickets affordable and accessible, violators will be prosecuted.

Call 813.229.STAR to purchase safe, affordable and accessible tickets from TBPAC, or visit our website 24/7 at to purchase tickets online, or stop by and see our new ticket office and meet our friendly staff and maybe even take a tour of the facility.

Keep reading Culture Shock and following us on twitter and friend us on facebook and myspace. We promise to always keep you informed and give you plenty of notice when tickets go on sale, so you'll never be left out and you'll always pay a fair price.

Congratulations to In The Heights! Don't miss this great show! Ticket brokers - knock it off!

- Kari G.

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