'Ice' on Broadway is focus of fraud case
NEW YORK — The New York state attorney general’s office is widening the scope of its Broadway ticket fraud investigation and will soon be issuing subpoenas to Roundabout Theater Co. artistic director Todd Haimes and Kit Kat Klub lease holder Matt Johnson, among others.
The investigation concerns “ice,” or ticket scalping markups, on Broadway, and will focus on allegations that the Roundabout Theater Co. paid its rent to Johnson in both cash and blocks of tickets.
“It is our intent to be issuing subpoenas for documents and other evidence that would support these allegations of ticket fraud,” said David Corvette, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
“We deny emphatically these allegations,” said Marc Gottlieb, co-counsel for the Roundabout at the law offices of Backman, Millman and Sanders.
According to a source familiar with the investigation, former Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes, who recently joined Canadian theater concern Livent, and Johnson will be subpoenaed. Other individuals, including Roundabout’s G.M., Ellen Richard, could also be subpoenaed.
Richard said she had “absolutely no knowledge” of a rent payment plan involving tickets, and added, “We’ve been very sensitive to this because of the attorney general’s investigation.”
Repeated attempts to reach Haimes were unsuccessful.
Debra Millman, lead counsel for the Roundabout, added, “We wanted to avoid these issues. Not only were they (the Round-about) sensitive to this issue, but took steps over and above what was necessary.”
Asked for his reaction to the subpoena, Johnson replied, “That’s OK. I had nothing to do with any of this.” Johnson is president of the space’s lease holding company, In-to-Go Corp.