Over the past day, thousands of J.K. Rowling fans anxiously awaited to see if their tickets to the author's special appearance next month were in fact valid. Rowling was scheduled for New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 16th to promote The Casual Vacancy, which we initially reported here.
The ticket sales have become quite the scandal, as a number of tickets were made purchasable some 12 hours prior to the official release time. For more information on the fallout, you can read our earlier report.
Finally, however, we have a decision. Hypable has just reported that an internal e-mail states the Rowling event will move to the David H. Koch Theater and that ALL TICKETS purchased September 9th AND 10th will be honored! This move will accommodate the larger audience size.
UPDATE #2: LeakyNews has just reported that after speaking with the Lincoln Center, it appears ALL attendees "will be contacted via email with information regarding repurchasing tickets to account for seating changes in the new theater." This likely explains why you probably see a credit to reverse the original charge of purchasing the tickets.
UPDATE: The following official update has been posted on Jazz at Lincoln Center's website:
On Sunday, September 9, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ticketing system was breached and an unauthorized link to purchase tickets to the J.K. Rowling The Casual Vacancy event on October 16 was distributed online. This breach did not result in the breach of purchasers’ personal information. In order to accommodate customers who purchased tickets on September 9 as well as customers who purchased tickets on September 10, Jazz at Lincoln Center has secured the David H. Koch Theater at 20 Lincoln Center as the new location for the event. Each customer who purchased tickets prior to the official on-sale date and time will be contacted directly by Jazz at Lincoln Center to process tickets for the event at the new location. The event remains sold out. At this time, only customers who purchased tickets on September 9 and 10 will be accommodated. Although neither Little, Brown and Company nor J.K. Rowling are responsible for this situation they were keen to make sure that no person who legitimately bought a ticket was left disappointed, and are delighted this matter has been resolved in this way and apologize for any confusion that may have been caused in the meantime. Jazz at Lincoln Center apologizes too for any inconvenience and looks forward to welcoming everyone to the David H. Koch Theater on October 16.
With this decision, it appears that no one will be left out, as was originally feared a possibility. We will continue to update you on the situation as it unfolds. A special thanks to Hypable for the information.
What do you think of the decision to change venues? Was this the best alternative action? Also, keep us updated in comments below if you start getting e-mails about repurchasing your tickets!
Posted by Caleb
09-12-2012 at 11:40 AM