Miss Saigon Can't Miss

If the American dream is for money to spare--as a character sings in Miss Saigon--no nightmares should mar the sleep of the show's 44-year-old sole producer, Cameron Mackintosh. Opening on Broadway on Apr. 11 at a cost of $10 million, the new musical was a Mackintosh money machine even before it drew don't-miss-it reviews from the likes of The New York Times and Time. The good notices spurred advance sales that were pegged at $35 million before the premiere, and weekend orchestra tickets ($60) and front-mezzanine seats ($100) can't be had until January. A ticket broker in New Jersey, where scalping is legal, is quoting some $100 summertime tickets at $225.

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