Best seats already gone

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 February, 1998, 12:00am

I am an avid fan of musical stage shows and I was ecstatic to learn that Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to town this April.

Ticket sales for the month-long performance began on February 15, and I hurried along to an URBTIX outlet in Wan Chai, hoping that I would be lucky enough to get good seats for the show.

The best seats in the house were going for $705 each, which was well within my budget. When it was my turn to buy my tickets, I noticed that the front five rows were blacked out completely for the date I wanted in May.

I asked the ticket operator for an alternate date when better seats would still be available. To my astonishment, he told me all the front rows of every performance date had been block-booked.

How could this be? Tickets only went on sale on February 15 and already all the best seats of the house and for all the shows have gone.

Is this the way of Hong Kong or, more likely, an unsavoury remnant of sponsor prerogative? If the latter, they erred badly for not having conducted ticket sales through the mail. That way, no one would have known about it.

SHERRY STONE New Territories