Why Are Hamilton Tickets So Expensive?
The biggest reason why tickets to “Hamilton” can cost the same as a week’s vacation for a family of four comes down to simple supply-and-demand economics. With the show selling out as fast as new blocks of tickets go on sale ticket resellers have become one of the only ways to score coveted seats.
With resale prices reaching thousands of dollars, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and outmatched. Sites like SeatRetriever offer a simplified way to find the best deals on tickets from all the different markets, helping you avoid fraudulent tickets and the highest markups. You can buy tickets at face value through the box office wherever “Hamilton” is playing near you as soon as blocks of tickets go on sale if you happen to be online and very quick the moment the blocks are released.
Without a promo code or a friend inside the industry who can hook you up, there really are no ways around the expensive “Hamilton” ticket prices. Think of it like a trip to Disney World: you can do all the research you want, but at the end of the day if you want to stay and eat inside the parks, you just aren’t going to find many ways to save that much money.
What is the “Hamilton” Ticket Lottery?
There is the famous “Hamilton” lottery for tickets. This is probably the only way to acquire cheap tickets, but like real lotteries, it’s a very long shot to win and because you are only allowed one entry per person (for either one or two seats), there are no “tricks” or shortcuts to improve your odds. New York, London, Chicago, San Francisco, and the touring cities all offer the ticket lottery system. This works for people who are willing to wait nearly until the day they are ready to see the show, and can live with the excellent chance they won’t win.
Here’s how the “Hamilton” lottery works:
When the lottery opens, two days before a performance, you can enter the lottery at the official “Hamilton” web page or via the Hamilton Official App. The day before a performance, winners of the lottery are notified and given a five-hour window in which to purchase their $10 tickets or you forfeit your rights to those tickets. Tickets are non-transferable, so the lottery winner must be present to pick up the tickets and see the show. Through the lottery, winners can buy one or two tickets at a time.
The odds of winning the “Hamilton” ticket lottery on any given day are not in your favor. In 2017 the Data Incubator estimated that entrants have between a 0.11% and 0.21% chance of winning tickets.
For many fans, this system works just fine. It’s not a myth; people do win the lottery and get to see “Hamilton” in one of the first two rows of the theater for the price of one Hamilton ($10).
But for the less flexible, or for those who want to bring more than one person with them to the show, or even for people who are pressed for time and can’t wait to find out if they won or not, the only way to guarantee seating is through buying tickets as far in advance as possible.
Will “Hamilton” Tickets Get Cheaper?
Unfortunately, there are no indications that tickets to “Hamilton” will get less expensive any time soon. If that is your sole reason for not yet joining this cultural phenomenon, you may be waiting a very long while.
What “Hamilton” Tickets are Available?
Depending on what day you want to go, whether you want to see a matinee or evening performance, and how many tickets you need, there are still seats available at most performances. But again, unless you are lucky enough to be online the moment a new block of tickets goes sale or you win the “Hamilton” lottery, you will either have to be willing to pay at least in the three-digit range or put up with limited viewing seats.
Are “Hamilton Tickets Sold Out?
As of this writing in February of 2019, there are seats available in New York, Chicago, London, San Francisco, and upcoming touring cities. Even buying tickets as far out in advance as possible – currently, seats are available in New York City through November 2019 – is not a guarantee of saving money.