How to Get a Discount Ticket To Hamilton on Broadway:
Here's what everyone wants to know: how do you get a ticket to a Broadway show that is so out-of-control in popularity and pricing that it seems out of reach for eternity? Face value tickets are supposed to start at $139 and premium seats at $549, but they are never available to purchase. Secondary-market tickets are now being sold by ticket brokers for $2,500 per ticket, but even that number is expected to rise in coming months.
Basically, there are three kinds of tickets for Hamilton: Face value tickets (Sold-out solidly for the next nine months), secondary-market tickets (Where ticket brokers are asking for huge sums of money) and lottery tickets (at just $10 a ticket). But there other options:
Below Are The Top 10 Strategies To Snag Tickets To Hamilton:
10 - The Online Ticket Lottery for $10
This is the most popular method of getting a discount ticket to Hamilton, but it is also the least successful. With over 25,000 people applying for the online ticket lottery every day, there are only 21 tickets given out for just $10, so the odds of winning this lottery are 1250:1 - not very strong odds. The ticket lottery is our least favorite option, as you will always lose an oversubscribed lottery. The odds were much better when the lottery was done on the street, before neighbors and the NYPD forced it to go online. By going online, it opened the ticket lottery up to thousands of working stiffs, who have nothing better to do at work than to enter the lottery as many times as they can.
9 - The In-Person Ticket Lottery for $10
The in-person lottery is only done on Wednesday matinees when most people are at work or school. This was done to avoid a large crowd in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The entry number is not as large as the online ticket lottery, usually about 500 people, but the odds of winning are still not stellar. If you don't win, the best part of the in-person lottery is the short performances Miranda puts on outside the theatre, which are called Ham4Ham, something you really cannot appreciate online.
8 - See the Touring or the Chicago Show Instead For Much Less
Taking a leaf out of The Book of Mormon Guide to Taking Your Hit Broadway Show on The Road While It Is Still Running on Broadway, Hamilton is setting up another permanent (albeit just for 2 years) show in Chicago and will also run a touring production of the show. The tickets for Hamilton's permanent show in Chicago and the national tour are expected to be lower in price, when compared to the permanent Broadway show in New York City. It is expected that the tickets will still be very popular, but not as crazy as the New York ticket market. They are, however, expected to sell out, but ticket brokers will not be able to manipulate the out-of-control ticket pricing the way they have been able to leverage in the NYC market as there will be less demand outside NYC. For these shows, we recommend to be on the lookout for tickets within minutes of their release, to snag a ticket before they are all gone. If you miss this ticket-buying window, then secondary-market tickets are expected to be available at twice the price of face value.
7 - Buy a Face-Value Ticket 9 Months in Advance From The Box Office
The box office at the Richard Rodgers Theatre often has face-value tickets to the show for 9 months in advance; these are tickets that are never seen on the Ticketmaster website and can only be bought from the box office in person. Ticketmaster just tends to have secondary-market tickets from its ticket brokerage, TicketsNow, which runs at 3-4 times the face value of tickets. If the box office does not have any face-value tickets available, they will let you know what the next day is when they will have them. There will be a line of people waiting for those tickets to be sold at that allotted time. Expect to get to the box office at least five hours ahead of the announced time. Remember, these are tickets for nine months in the future, and you will be there with all the ticket brokers and their runners buying up whatever ticket inventory they possibly can.
6 - Getting an Orchestra House Seat For $167
Many people who are connected with the Broadway industry are allowed to purchase house seats for Hamilton directly from the producer for the face value price. House tickets can vary in price between $167 and $275, they are often the best seats in the house, and they are available right up until the day of the performance. You must be professionally associated with the Broadway industry and can only garner these tickets directly from the producer of the show, not the box office.
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