To all those DPers who have heard about a "White Album Christmas"
at the Bossonova Ballroom, I feel I should give you a warning as to the experience I had last night, because it was NOT what I expected. It was advertised as a Christmasy type show set to the entire Beatles' White Album with circus acts and fun interactive shenanigans. It sounded awesome and my date and I were really excited about it. And at $25 a ticket, it seemed promising.
We thought the show started at 7pm, so we met at the box office at 6:45. Apparently the show started at 8pm, not 7pm, but the doors were supposed to open at 7pm. We got in line, figuring we'd be inside soon. We didn't get inside until close to 8:30. We were freezing our asses off and they were letting people in like, 3 at a time and it was taking forever and all they would say was that there were "guest list complications" which does not really explain why we'd ALL be waiting an hour and a half outside since about 90% of the people waiting outside were Will Call.
We finally get inside and there are NO SEATS AVAILABLE. The booths and tables and seats in front of the stage are apparently allllll reserved for friends of the producers or something. That's what the word was going around. So the people that paid $25 a ticket had to sit on the floor, stand, or sit in the bar area where you couldn't understand what they were saying but it didn't matter because you couldn't see anything anyway. The circus acts that were advertised? There were people in some makeup and costumes and a couple guys lifted a couple girls over their heads and walked around. That was the only "circus" act that I saw. After 20 minutes, we decided to leave and ask for a refund which they handed over without question. I cannot imagine we were the first ones to leave and demand their money back.
I'm not one to complain about things often. I usually am laid back and go with the flow and have kind of an "oh well" kind of attitude when things don't go as planned. But this event was the most disorganized, unprofessional, overpriced and unacceptable "show" I've ever been to. To have advertised as it starting at 7pm, when it really started at 8pm...ok, that's a misunderstanding, it's forgivable. But then if doors are supposed to open at 7pm and they make everyone wait outside in the freezing cold for over an hour and a half, while the start time gets pushed back 45 minutes? Better be a really good show to make up for that.
But then to finally get into the venue and there are NO SEATS?? Completely unacceptable. You pay $25 for a ticket, you get a SEAT! With a view of the stage! Maybe the show got better as it progressed and the "circus acts" improved as the evening went on, but if you don't have a SEAT then how will you be able to see it? They should not have sold so many tickets if they couldn't properly accommodate everyone. And if the producers of the show wanted to have all their friends there, then last night should have been a private preview.
Maybe for whatever reason, opening night was just a big disaster and the rest of the performances will run amazingly smooth and there will be plenty of seats for everyone. It's entirely possible. But I think it's only fair I give you guys a warning before you spend $25 on a ticket that might not guarantee you a seat or a view of the stage.