NEW YORK, FEB. 4 -- The advance ticket sales already total a record $34 million, but that didn't stop a long line from forming today at the Broadway Theater when the box office opened for the musical "Miss Saigon."
About 120 people were waiting when the theater's three box office windows opened at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than usual, and producer Cameron Mackintosh planned to keep the box office open until midnight.
Orchestra seats already are sold out for Friday and Saturday nights through the end of the year.
By 5 p.m., the Broadway Theater box office had taken in $461,000, said Fred Nathan, a spokesman for the musical. In comparison, "Les Miserables" took in $447,000 the first day its tickets went on sale there, said Nathan, while "The Phantom of the Opera" took in a record $920,000 when its box office opened.
"Miss Saigon," the most expensive show in Broadway history, also will have the most expensive tickets -- $100 for the 250 best seats in the front mezzanine -- when it begins preview performances March 25. The musical opens officially April 11.
The orchestra ticket price of $60 matches the current top price for musicals such as "The Phantom of the Opera" and "City of Angels." Other tickets will be as low as $15, but those will be available only for students, and not on weekends.