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Hamilton‘s Crazy Broadway Ticket Prices Hit Houston, But There’s a $10 Workaround

Do You Feel Lucky?

BY // 04.23.18

If you haven’t already secured your seats for Hamilton: An American Musical  which opens at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, be prepared to dig very deep into that savings account for the best seats in the house. You could have to pay more than $3,000 for a pair of tickets.

Most of the tickets for the BBVA Compass Broadway presentation, which runs  through May 20 have been snapped up by the various secondary market ticketing agencies. As a result, even the worst seats in the house, far back in the gallery — on sites spanning Ticketmaster, VividSeats, StubHub, SeatGeek and more — are not cheap.

In fact, prime seating on a weekend night can cost you as much as $3,492. And it’s only going to get higher with the shows starting and the buzz (and the demand) sure to build.

Bayou City Broadway fans have been thirsting after Hamilton since the winner of 11 Tonys premiered in New York in February 2015.  It should come as no surprise then that the highly sought-after tickets can be notoriously expensive, depending on where you source them.

We checked out a few dates and ticket prices on several websites to give you a chance to start saving your pennies if Hamilton is on your bucket list. And there is good reason to shop around. The cheapest seats you can find on StubHub for Friday, May 11 are $177.95. At Ticketmaster, they are $125. If you want front and center that night, expect to pay loads more — more than $1,570 per ticket on StubHub.

We found that orchestra seats on the average day can set you back $700 to more than $800. But hold on to your purse strings, orchestra center seats on VividSeats can cost anywhere from $943 to more than $2,000. Seriously.

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But there is good news for those who simply cannot afford the tariff. There will be a daily ticket lottery that grants 32 lucky winners orchestra seats for only $10 each. That’s right, Hamilton orchestra seats for $10.

Of course, you have to win the hotly contested lottery to get them. Visit hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register. The first Houston digital lottery began on Sunday, April 22 and ended at 9 a.m. Monday. A new lottery will now begin at 11 am every day — with the winners getting tickets to the show two days from then. For example, the lottery that begins this Monday morning at 11 am is for tickets to the Wednesday, April 24 performance.

The show’s producer and BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center are teaming up to give away the tickets at that low price.

This is the Hamilton way. You either need to have some serious discretionary income or get lucky to see Lin Manuel-Miranda’s opus live.

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