The Theater: Standing Room Only

Getting in to a new Broadway hit often takes patience, pleading—or a hefty premium that is many times the price of admission. Tickets disappear first at the box office, then at the large, reputable ticket brokers (who, unlike many of their smaller, shadier colleagues, charge no more than the top legal fee of 75¢ a ticket). But for those who want seats badly enough, especially in the first ten rows, there is a booming black market.

This season, theater lovers can look with some hope to a midtown Manhattan cubbyhole. There, amid the jangle of telephones, a stagestruck, 27-year-old girl rides herd...

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