5 Ways You Can Still Get Your Hands on Hamilton Tickets
Tickets for the Tony winner aren't unavailable – they're just expensive
If, in the past year, you’ve either been to New York City, paid any attention whatsoever to the world of musical theater or have just been a living, breathing, somewhat culturally aware human, you’ve heard of Hamilton, the smash hit musical based on the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton.
It’s been less than one year since the show debuted on Broadway, but tickets have been hard to come by since before the premiere. Contrary to what everyone will tell you, however, getting tickets to Hamilton isn’t impossible – it just takes some focus, luck and of course, cash. Here are all the ways, to our knowledge, that you can get tickets to the 11-time Tony-winning show.
1. Pay a lot of money.
Contrary to popular belief, there are a fair amount of Hamilton tickets out there – you just have to fork over a ton of cash to get them. Right now on StubHub, there are tickets available for practically every show – but they cost a lot. Like, more than most people pay in rent a lot (even in New York City!). Tickets to Tuesday night’s show are going for $2,299 – at the minimum. Wednesday is $1,583. This Friday is $1,817. Tickets stay in the four-figure range until the July 11 performance, when they drop down to three figures (but still high – $887, $719, $999 are just a few of the starting prices). The drop isn’t a coincidence: July 9 is show creator, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s last performance.
So if you’re willing to eat nothing but ramen noodles for the next six months, go ahead and buy a ticket.
2. Win the lottery.
Don’t have $1,500 lying around? Miranda has a solution for that: the Ham4Ham lottery, which doles out 21 front-row tickets to a few lucky recipients everyday.
Winning the lottery is easier said than done of course: every day, an average of 10,000 people enter in hopes of scoring the coveted cheap seats. According to Mashable, you have a better chance of being born with 11 fingers or toes than winning two tickets. So good luck. However, this reporter can attest that it is real, and you can win not that I myself have won, despite entering every. single. day. But I know people who have, which should give us all hope.
3. Stand in the cancellation line.
It’s hard to believe, but yes, some people get Hamilton tickets and end up canceling them. You can get your hands on those tickets by waiting in the cancelation line, which involves getting to the Richard Rodgers Theatre really, really early in the morning (for a matinee especially) and waiting all day to maybe snag a ticket.
If you’re going to try, there are a few rules (or rather, commandments) those in the line must follow:
The perk of these tickets is that they don’t have the insane markup that the StubHub ones do. The downside? They’re not a sure thing – and you have to spend your entire day sitting on the ground in Times Square.
4. Have friends in the right places.
If you’re sick of losing the lottery and don’t have the time to wait in the cancellation line or cash to get tickets off StubHub, there is one surefire way to get affordable (or semi-affordable, at least!) tickets: make a friend with an inside connection.
Who might these special friends be? Cast and crew members of the show, for one. Someone who works in the Broadway biz. Someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Miranda. How do you do this? Spend a lot of time hanging out in bars known best as Broadway haunts, and don’t be afraid of talking to strangers.
5. Wait for it.
Nowadays, most people who get their hands on Hamilton tickets have to follow the words of Aaron Burr and wait for it. People snatched up tickets for September 2016 back in September 2015. People who are buying tickets now are buying them for spring 2017.
However, this takes more than simply waiting. You have to keep your eye on when new blocks go on sale, which can happen spontaneously and quietly. For example, last night, after Hamilton took home 11 Tony Awards, tickets for March and April of 2017 went on sale – and yes, they’re already sold out. The tickets you buy directly from the box office are more affordable than anything you’ll buy resale, although even these are getting expensive – orchestra seats are now in the $600 to $800 range.
Another option? Go to Chicago. The show is beginning an open-ended run in the Windy City starting in September 2017, with tickets going on sale next Tuesday, June 21. While most seats will be priced $65 to $180, premium tickets will cost you at least $500 – and more during prime times, reports the Chicago Tribune. However, the Ham4Ham lottery will happen each day, too, and offer up a whopping 44 seats per show.
If you get a ticket, congrats and let us know how the show is, okay?