Hamilton is the talk-of-the-town must-see musical, and I agree — It’s really terrific. I saw it several weeks ago in Chicago, and it’s really something you’ve got to see. It’s not Phantom of the Opera, nor is it South Pacific. It’s funny, it’s insightful, it’s education, all with some memorable tunes to go along.
I’ve been getting some questions about how to get Hamilton tickets, since the show can often be sold out for months in advance, so I thought I’d highlight the 3 most basic ways of getting tickets, and then let you know which one I chose.
American Express Concierge or StubHub
The first thing you can do is call American Express Concierge, which is included if you have a Platinum Card (click on the credit card tab above for more information). They’ll usually quote you broker pricing, which is more than likely over $500 for 2 tickets, but do have access to a variety of shows dates.
Occasionally, they’ll release seats for traditional shows in advance, or for members only seatings, however these dates are selective and often sell out quickly.
You can use a service like StubHub to find tickets for show dates, though be advised these are re-sold tickets and often come at a higher markup than what they’d cost had you purchased them directly through the theater. After all, the ticket broker needs to earn some money, too.
Enter the Lottery
Each day, a lottery is held to offer tickets to day-off performances for extremely cheap prices – as low as $10. You can only get 2 tickets with this method, and you must purchase the tickets within an hour of winning. You also must enter the day-off, within a certain time frame, and tickets are of course limited. I’ve entered several times and never won.
If you don’t win the lottery then….
Go to the Theater Directly
Here’s how I got my tickets. After not winning the lottery, I went to the theater directly and tried purchasing tickets there. Once there, you’ll be able to check for any last minute tickets – sometimes these are unsold seats, and sometimes these are cancellations. Make sure to check, though – the tickets available may (and, honestly, more than likely will be) obstructed view tickets. But, there are plenty of good tickets available, too. These are regular prices from the box office, and you’ll get your ticket on the spot.
If you’re trying to see Hamilton and trying to get a good seat, your best bet, as much as it doesn’t sound fun, is to go as one person and not in a group.
Have you seen Hamilton? What did you think of it? How did you get your tickets?
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