When tickets for the San Francisco production of the revolutionary hip-hop musical Hamiton went on sale in December, resale prices soared to as much as $15,000 on StubHub. Now that the Tony award-winning show is getting ready to open on Friday, March 10, the secondary market for tickets has “cooled off” to where the most expensive Hamilton tickets on StubHub are in the neighborhood of $5,000.
If you don’t have the entire U.S. Treasury to spend on Broadway show tickets, you do have more legitimate and less expensive options for Hamilton tickets. The SHN theatrical company has just made several sections of face-value tickets available performances in March and April, and a $10 Hamilton ticket lottery is setting aside 44 individual seats for each performance.
If you’re broke but not throwing away your shot to somehow see Hamilton, the $10 ticket lottery requires online registration and only takes entries for one performance at a time. (That performance is usually either the next upcoming show or the one after, depending on the time of day you submit your entry.) If you’re a winner, you’ll get notified around 11 a.m. PT the day before the show. You have until 4 p.m. PT that day to buy your tickets, and it does require a credit or debit card. You can apply for two tickets, and there’s even an offer where you can increase your odds of winning by posting about the lottery on social media.
But there’s a good chance they won’t be good seats. According to a release from SHN, many lottery tickets seats are in the very front row of the theater. A guarantee of good seats requires paying face value.
Of course, “face value” in the lavish world of Hamilton tickets still means anywhere from $197 to $868. But there are suddenly very large numbers of face-value Hamilton tickets available to the previously sold-out show, and you can still find multiple seats next to each other.
The ticket situation is fluid, and changes daily — even hourly. The Orpheum Theater that’s hosting the production says they made the new additional seats available because of “sightline issues”. You never know if they’ll discover more “sightline issues” in the months to come, so do regularly check the official Hamilton San Francisco website to see if more additional seats are released to the public. Whenever you see the Buy button displaying for a performance, there are seats available for that show.
Hamilton opens in San Francisco on Friday, March 10 and runs through Saturday, August 5 at the Orpheum Theater.