“Hamilton” is finally here, and here it will stay until Dec. 30. Great, you say, but can I still get tickets? Yes indeed. Here are six ways to do it. Spoiler: It won’t be cheap — unless you can win that $10 ticket lottery (but more on the below).
1. Premium seats. Authentic, non-resale “premium” seats were still available through the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and its official ticket agent, Ticketmaster, at the time we posted this article. You just have to pay. These are good orchestra seats, and they start at $650.
2. Verified resale. The Pantages and Ticketmaster list “verified resale” tickets; a recent check of preview performances showed prices at $236 (for rear mezzanine) and up. Looking all the way into December, the lowest price was $214. Warning: Resale prices will change with availability.
3. Other resale. You can try other outlets such as StubHub or EBay. A scan of the former revealed tickets under $200 for only two nights during the L.A. run, and they were for some of the worst seats in the house. And why would anyone shell out $1,000-plus on EBay when $650 orchestra seats are still for sale directly through the Pantages? That is one plus of the show’s premium-seat pricing: It puts a theoretical cap on the profits of scalpers.
4. $10 ticket lottery. The how-to is posted here, but the basics: For every performance, the Pantages will sell 40 seats for $10 apiece through a digital lottery. Ticket hopefuls enter two days before the performance date. Winners are chosen and notified by email or text message one day before the performance; upon notification, they have about five hours to pay online by credit card, or the tickets are forfeited. Each winner can buy one or two tickets. Seat locations will vary, the Pantages said.
5. San Diego. After the national tour closes in L.A., it moves to San Diego where it will perform from Jan. 6-28. The on-sale date for those tickets has not been announced.
6. Other cities? If you are that determined, yes, “Hamilton” is still running in New York (where tickets remain possibly more expensive than in L.A.) as well as in Chicago. For the latter, a spot check showed authentic tickets for as low as $147 (“obstructed” or “limited” view). Or perhaps you’d prefer London? A fourth production of “Hamilton” begins performances at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November. Or you can wait until February when a fifth production, and a second national tour, begins in Seattle.
Look for “Hamilton” national tour updates, behind-the-scenes features, cast profiles and more, all to be posted at latimes.com/hamilton.
6:55 a.m. Aug. 11: This article was updated with new information about the $10 ticket lottery.
10:20 a.m. Aug. 11: New information was added on how many tickets each lottery winner can purchase.