How Long Would You Wait in Line for Hamilton Tickets?

How about 21 hours? Would you wait 21 hours?

The line as it finally started moving. (Peter Lawrence Kane)

Probably aware that “Tomorrow There’ll Be More of Us,” people began waiting outside the SHN Orpheum Theatre for tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton as of early yesterday afternoon. SF Weekly went to wander around the crowds, which by 9:20 a.m. had woven down the block to Seventh Street and then started looping around back toward Carl’s Jr.

Not even Kylie Jenner’s pop-up at the Westfield Topanga Mall inspired such devotion.

Michelle from Berkeley was smiling because she'd been in line since noon yesterday and was now moments away from getting her ticket. (Peter Lawrence Kane)
Michelle from Berkeley was smiling because she’d been in line since noon yesterday and was now moments away from getting her ticket. (Peter Lawrence Kane)

 

A lot of people who’d spent the night on lawn chairs and blankets had plenty of reading material and very large, very empty Starbucks cups all around them. Some of them looked a tad haggard and under-slept, but perked up considerably when the line finally began moving and people entered “The Room Where It Happens.” Fans had been in line since noon yesterday, and seemed pretty excited to get their hands on some tickets — which range from $100 for the balcony to $197 for the orchestra, mezzanine, or loge, to $524 for a premium seat. God only knows what people pay to enrich the scalpers to the tune of a quarter-million per week.

Asked whether he had any idea if everyone who’d put in some serious time would get a seat, a security guy said he didn’t know. He wasn’t keeping mum about the information; management hadn’t told anyone how many tickets would be sold. (Each household is limited to six.)

No duels were reported.

Hamilton, March 10-Aug. 5, 2017, at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

View Comments