History is happening in Manhattan...and you probably can't find a ticket. Here are some tips.
If you saw the Grammy Awards last night, you were probably taken with the performance and acceptance speech from the Broadway musical Hamilton, which tells the story of the youngest founding father, Alexander Hamilton.
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Unfortunately, you may have been taken too late. You see, the show is so popular that even people who have known about it since it opened in July haven't been able to find tickets. The show, written and composed by phenom Lin Manuel Miranda, who also stars as the titular Alexander Hamilton, has become a cultural phenomenon that is unprecedented. The show's mass appeal has been compared to that of Rent, but many believe that it will supersede even that in terms of mass market appeal.
The show is different for Broadway for a number of reasons - the show is done in a blend of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and traditional Broadway standards, it features a cast that is predominantly made up of people of color, and it even went to #1 on the rap Billboard chart.
The show is a favorite of Barack Obama, and has never had a week where it wasn't 100% full - sometimes going all the way up to 135% full.
By now you've seen at least the Grammy performance, so you can understand why everyone wants to see it - but how can you buy a ticket? You have five different options, ranging from inexpensive to the price of rent for the month, and simple to time consuming.
Before going through the ways, there is something to be aware of: it is likely that some members of the original cast of the show will leave this summer, as they will have been with the show for 18-months. However, with a show of this scale, it is likely that anyone they bring in will be just as amazing.
Standard ticket prices start at $139 and make up a majority of the seating at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City. These tickets are completely sold out through January 2017. If you want to get them when the next block of tickets opens up, the Hamilton website has a place to input your email address in so that you can be the first to know. As these tickets sell out in minutes, you will want to know right away.
Ticketmaster does offer an American Express presale, so that is one way to help improve your odds of scoring tickets.
Premium tickets start at $549 and are some of the best seats in the theater. They ensure a perfect view of the show and offer the best acoustics as well. These tickets, though priced higher, go just as quickly as the standard tickets, so you will want to act just as fast. They are available through the Ticketmaster website as well.
If you absolutely need to see the original cast or you need to see the show soon, then you should hold onto your hat. There are plenty of resale tickets available, but they do come at a cost. New York City hasn't made scalping of tickets illegal, so many resellers buy tickets quickly and resell them to make a profit. With a show like Hamilton, they are making a killing. Tickets for resale range from $600 for the worst seats in the theater 9 (which are still quite good because it is a smaller theater) to $1500 a piece (plus fees) for better seating.
These tickets are going just as quickly, especially thanks to the boost from the Grammy Awards.
Note that a lot of people are trying out the get rich quick scheme of getting tickets and selling ones on StubHub and other websites that are fake. The only tickets that are guaranteed to get you in the door are the ones sold through Ticketmaster.
Hamilton holds a lottery for every show that they do. The lottery is for 21 seats for $10 in the front row of the theater, literally inches away from the action. In the fall and (hopefully) in the spring, the lotteries are held outside of the Richard Rodgers Theater two hours before showtime. However, so many people (we're talking thousands some nights) showed up for the lottery that they had to move it to an online platform.
This is by far the most economical way to see the show, but it is also highly unlikely that you will win. On the first day of the lottery, the server crashed because over 10,000 people signed up. In order to win, you have to be located close enough to Manhattan that you can actually get to the show, so keep that in mind.
They also offer standing room with the lottery when it is in person - these tickets are $35 (no one really knows why) and save you a standing spot in the back of the theater. You might miss some of the action happening up top, but it is still worth it to be in the room.
Another way you can maybe get tickets is by standing in line for hours. Outside of the Richard Rodgers Theater on any given day, you will find at least 20 people waiting in line on the off chance that someone is going to cancel their tickets. The cost here ranges from standard prices to premium prices, so you may still drop a chunk of change - or you might not get one. People start lining early in the morning and sometimes the night before in order to get these tickets.
If you are feeling a little down on your luck and think you won't get a ticket, the team at Hamilton knows how you feel, so they came up with a solution. Every Wednesday and Saturday, at least, they offer up a #Ham4Ham show which is a show that goes along with the lottery. In person when the weather is nice and online now, the show showcases some of Hollywood and Broadway's greatest with the cast of Hamilton - from Elmo singing with Christopher Jackson who plays George Washington to Oak, who plays Hercules Mulligan, doing his own version of "Over the Moon" from Rent.
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Check out one of the #Ham4Ham shows below: