Yes, a ‘Hamil­ton’ ticket for $10 ... if you’re lucky

A daily lot­tery for the L.A. en­gage­ment is in place. Much pricier tix also are avail­able.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Craig Nakano

“Hamil­ton” is here. Great, you say, but can I still get tick­ets? And how many of those bills — the “Found­ing Fa­ther on the ten-dol­lar” — will it take?

Just one, if you are among the win­ners of the “Hamil­ton” ticket lot­tery, which launched Fri­day in Los Angeles. How it works:

Forty tick­ets will be sold for $10 apiece for ev­ery per­for­mance at the Hol­ly­wood Pan­tages The­atre, where “Hamil­ton” will play through Dec. 30. Ticket hope­fuls en­ter by go­ing to www.Luck­ySeat.com/hamil ton or by down­load­ing a new “Hamil­ton” app (Hamil­ton Broad­way.com/app).

The daily lot­tery opens at 11 a.m. (Pa­cific) two days be­fore the per­for­mance date and closes at 9 a.m. (Pa­cific) the day be­fore the per­for­mance. For, say, a Wed­nes­day show, the lot­tery would open at 11 a.m. Mon­day and close at 9 a.m. Tues­day. About two hours af­ter each lot­tery closes, win­ners are cho­sen and no­ti­fied by email or text. Win­ners then have until 4 p.m. that day to pay on­line by credit card. Win­ners who

do not com­plete their pur­chase by the 4 p.m. dead­line will for­feit their ticket.

Win­ners need a valid photo ID that matches the name on their lot­tery en­try. Each per­son can en­ter just once per per­for­mance. Each win­ner can buy one or two seats. Seat lo­ca­tions will vary, the Pan­tages said. More rules and de­tails can be found at www.Hol­ly­woodPan­tages.com/lot­tery.

Are there other ways to get into the show? Yes, start­ing with “pre­mium” seats. Au­then­tic, non­re­sale pre­mium seats are still avail­able through the Hol­ly­wood Pan­tages The­atre and its of­fi­cial ticket agent, Tick­et­mas­ter. You just have to pay. Th­ese are good orches­tra seats that start at $650.

The Pan­tages and Tick­et­mas­ter also 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.

You also 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.

And if not Los Angeles, then per­haps San Diego. Af­ter the na­tional tour closes in L.A., it moves to the San Diego Civic The­atre, where it will per­form from Jan. 6-28. The on-sale date for those tick­ets has not been an­nounced.

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, a sec­ond na­tional tour, be­gins in Seat­tle.

Wal­ter McBride WireI­mage

TICK­ETS to “Hamil­ton” can cost thou­sands in New York and L.A. Some $10 tick­ets are sold by lot­tery.

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