Hamilton: An American Musical-the hottest ticket on Broadway!
Last summer when I was in NYC I tried to get tickets by entering the lottery. Many shows on Broadway have lotteries where if you are lucky you get a reasonably priced ticket. As I was splitting my time between NYC and New Jersey I only entered a couple of times, and did not expect to win. I didn’t!
Between Summer 2016 and my next time in NYC-Decemeber 2016 I looked at different ways to get a ticket. There was always the show me the money way. Or more like give the money for a ticket. If I was willing to spend over $1000 dollars I could get a crummy seat. I couldn’t bring myself to do that.
In the Fall 2016 tickets for summer 2017 were released. I didn’t buy any because I wasn’t sure when I’d be in NYC.
In December I considered the cancellation line. Many shows will sell tickets the day of that have been cancelled, or maybe held for family/friends of those in the show. Because Hamilton is such a hot ticket people start lining up as early as 3/4am to try for cancellation tickets. I get cold in 70 degree weather, there was no way in December that I could stand outside for hours for the possibility of getting a ticket.
Being here for 5 weeks I decided to go to the Box Office and see if within the 5 weeks I would be here there was any single ticket for a reasonable price. I also figured I could see how the cancellation line was looking.
I wandered by July 4th weekend about 3:30pm. The street was deserted. Usually there is a huge crowd outside the theater of people lined up for cancellation tickets. I walked in and a woman asked if she could help me. I asked where the cancellation line was lined up. She said all tickets had been given out. Then she motioned to the box office, and said I could ask if there were any left. I went up and asked if they happened to have 1 ticket for that evening. The woman asked, just one. I said, yes just one!
She said she had 1 for 229 dollars. I did not ask any questions, and just said I’ll take it. It could have been in the rafters for all I knew. I paid, and left.
I was in shock. I did not have to stand on line, wait for hours in extreme weather, pay the equivalent of a designer handbag. I literally walked up, asked for a ticket, and got to see the show the same day.
I took out the ticket to see where I was seating. It most definitely was not the rafters. It was 2nd row on the aisle.
Seeing the show was wonderful, and a little surreal. I literally could not believe I walked up and bought a ticket.
The show will be coming to Orlando in 2018/19 and I am looking forward to seeing it again, this time with the whole family?