Soul Patrol Doing a Money Thang?
Why is this man smiling? Is it Greed Lightening?! Not really. Taylor Hicks has made a splash on Broadway, and now comes word that fans are able to purchase “meet and greet” tickets to see him. According to fan blogs, the “meet and greet” package is offered to members of Talyor Hicks fan site through Taylor Hicks’ My Space page and it reportedly costs $475 which includes 2 Grease tickets, plus a meeting with Taylor Hicks in his dressing room or backstage. We didn’t pay the fee to join the fan site, so are not able to confirm the official fan price. We can confirm that for $999, the general public is now able to participate in the Hicksation through the Hicks My Space page with a package that includes 2 show tickets, 2 nights at the Grand Hyatt, a meeting with Taylor Hicks, and an autographed Playbill…those Hicks Grease Travel packages come through consideritdan.com if you are inclined. We’re not sure what to make of the offering. Not sure that there’s been anything like that before on Broadway. I think maybe, perhaps, once or something, Laurence Olivier charged $25 to shake hands? And, maybe, the late Richard Burton charged well-wishers $45 to sign a playbill?…of course neither of them ever won American Idol. If anyone has actually done the “meet and greet” let us know, we’d love to hear more about it. Of course, as the photo shows, Taylor Hicks happily greets fans and signs autographs for free at the stage door as well, just like most of the other Broadway stars.
Photo: Taylor Hicks signs autographs after Laura Osnes and Max Crumm’s final performance in “Grease” on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on July 20, 2008 in New York City. J. Pellegrini/WireImage.com.
-Broadway Magazine, Broadway.tv