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Audience Extras ( AE ) is a "papering" system ( i.e. provide additional audience to shows when needed ) that was established by Mr. Peter Copani and his son John-Vincent to benefit the Performing Arts in three innovative ways. First, by screening for responsible, dependable and discreet people to put in an empty seat when a producer needs extra audience. Second, by distributing "paper" complimentary tickets in a way that could develop future audiences, that is, on a "free sample" introductory basis. The third benefit is to use the AE "papering" program as an ongoing funding source for non-profit theatre. The cost of the AE communication system is covered by the ticket recipients making it free for theatre companies and producers who use the service to "paper" or "Dress The House". Each step of development was carefully planned to: 1 ) Keep a low profile so that AE is not in competition with box office's sales. 2 ) Encourage good audience etiquette and exclude anyone refusing to cooperate. 3 ) Make recipients aware that receiving a complimentary ticket is a privilege, not an entitlement. 4 ) To encourage spreading good word-of-mouth publicity for shows when warranted. When Peter Copani was in drama school in the 1950's his teacher told the story of Conrad Cantzen, who started a fund to provide shoes for actors. He was so moved by this story that he dreamed of someday being like Cantzen. From 1969 to 1978 Mr. Copani was a playwright/producer of one to four productions a year. In the summer of 1974 he had 3 epic musicals, a total of 62 songs all performed at Lincoln Center out-of-doors. His shows were in festivals during the summertime, which later transferred to off and off-off Broadway. In the autumn of 1978, Copani was hired for a CETA job to get senior citizens and rehabilitation centers to shows when theatres needed to "paper" or fill the house.
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Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Midtown Manhattan
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Movie Theaters, Theatres, Event Ticket Sales
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Specialties: Dance, Films & Movies

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Linda L.

12/15/2017

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Do not join. They are auto-renewing accounts without permission and not responding to requests to refund money. There are also almost no shows on their site anymore. Horrible experience and bad business practices.

Registered1001

08/20/2010

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Great for locals

Audience Extras has great shows and started with the audience development concept. As the critics attend a show's preview, Audience Extras support the theaters by filling the seats so the critics have the benefit of a full house audience to gauge their reaction.

In addition to the Off-off Broadway, Off Broadway, and Broadway shows. They offer exclusives such as screening at the Warner Brothers studios, Cooking show tapings, Who wants to be a millionaire tapings, etc. (this is a while back now) Unless you are in the industry, you won't have the same level of access as they provide you. In this sense, you are invited to an exclusive club, like the American Express concierge or the Lexus club.

I never had an issue with customer service, like the other reviewer wrote. So I'll leave it at that.

Joining is not a trivial matter, and there are certain rules to go by. You can really benefit from this if you live in the city and loves cultural activities. Otherwise, go to TKTS and get your half price tickets.

funnyvalentine9

03/10/2010

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Overall
well sorta

You might discover an experience you love; many of the offerings are of the, ""better than watching rerun"" variety.... If you have any kind of customer service issue, you might as well give up. After trying repeatedly to contact the company about a minor accounting issue, I cancelled my membership. It is quite clear that once you've enrolled, you cease to exist.

Ad17

02/05/2010

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It's $85 per year, not $110

Previous reviewers seem somewhat confused. It's true that when you sign up you pay $115, but $30 of that goes into your 'bank.'

So the first 8 times you buy a ticket, you don't even have to pay anything, it just comes out of your bank.

mfdiva

03/28/2008

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Great for REAL NEW YORKERS!

One thing that attracts people to this city is the abundance of live cultural events. You are a real New Yorker when you prefer to go to ANYTHING live, rather than watch a movie or tv. Not everything on Broadway is the last word in entertainment, and many things have developed from an off Broadway life to find themselves ""grow up to Broadway"" (ever heard of Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, Urinetown, to mention a few!) This is a terriric bargain for people interested in all this city has to offer. Low budget, experimental, works in progress or even ""bad"" theatre is better than joining the ranks of the couch potato army. A WONDERFUL deal, and you never know what each day will hold!

nerjizerbunny

10/25/2007

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GREAT IDEA

I've been a member for 10 years and it's DEFINETLY worth the membership for anyone who lives or works in the city.

Very simply - your investment of $110 is for the annual membership and your 'bank'
you get two tickets to a Broadway Show ( Orchestra)
which would cost you well over $110 and you made $103.00 on the
transaction!

The ability to pay that SMALL investment for such GRAND opportunities to see concerts, movies,off broadway, Ballet, Broadway and all things ""Entertainment"" is to me... ""priceless""

But you really would have to decide for yourself $110 for a years worth of entertainment ( divide that by 12 months! ) that you definetly couldn't afford seems like a GREAT IDEA to me!

likeabuterfly

09/04/2003

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Bad Idea

I first thought this was a great program, but as I was signing up on the website provided I came to find out that this is not a good thing for people who are trying to save a few bucks, just to be a member for a year its over $100. I highly doubt a person like myself or a lot of others want to spend that just to pay$3.50 to see a show. Good idea though.

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