Sheen ticket prices plummet online; hard to give away
By Sarah Ostman
Winning? Maybe not. Seems like you can’t give away tickets to Charlie Sheen’s show at the Chicago Theatre tonight.
After the former “Two and a Half Men” star’s cringe-inducing showing in Detroit Saturday night, brokers and ticket-holders are desperately trying to unload seats for the Chicago stop of his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour.
They’re not having much luck, though — and people who paid big money for those seats are not pleased.
Tickets for tonight have a face value of $48 to $84, but people who bought through online ticket broker StubHub paid an average of $145 over the past few weeks, said StubHub.com spokeswoman Joellen Ferrer.
But just like Sheen’s reputation, that price has plummeted.
Hours before the show, StubHub has about 200 tickets for sale. They’re going for about $30 apiece – and that price is only expected to drop before showtime, Ferrer said.
That’s only partly due to Sheen’s painful first show: Even before he took the stage in Detroit, tickets there were selling for as low as $9, Ferrer said.
Laura Renaldo, a 32-year-old business owner from Noble Square, says she dropped about $85 for her floor seat.
But after learning she could be in for a night of booing and heckling — and getting little response from a Craiglist ad trying to sell it — she’s opted to stay home.
“It’s just going to be uncomfortable… It’s going to be a s---show,” Renaldo said, adding that she’ll try to give the ticket away. “It’s basically not worth the paper it’s printed on.”