The hottest musical on Broadway is “Hamilton,” but it’s tough to get a ticket if you’re not a celebrity. The stars have been lining up to see the hip-hop musical about the first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton since it opened in August, and it keeps selling out. On Tuesday, a new block of tickets will go on sale to the general public for shows from Nov. 1 until Jan. 22, 2017. Ticket buyers have to make sure they don’t throw away their shot to see the show live. Check out these tips to help buyers get a chance to see the “$10 founding father”:
1. Be On Time – Tickets already went on presale for those with American Express cards, but the general public will have their chance on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. EST. That means be on your computer with Ticketmaster open to your preferred date at 9:55 a.m.
2. Get An Account – You can load all of your information into the computer before buying the tickets. This will make sure that you’re not going to lose tickets because you took too long to input your information. If you already have an account, make sure your settings are up to date.
3. Multiple Devices – Don’t open multiple windows on the same device. Ticketmaster warns that they’ll assume computers with multiple windows open are bots, and orders will be canceled. Instead, use several devices. If you have a computer and a smartphone out, you’ll have better chances.
4. Keep Orders Small – If you’re trying to get your entire historical reenactment group to sit together, it’ll be more difficult to get tickets. Split up into small groups. You might not be sitting right next to each other, but you can still hang out before and after the show.
5. Avoid Holidays – Over 90 shows are being released, so locals have options. But there will be plenty of tourists who plan to see “Hamilton” on their holiday vacation. The recently announced national tour will hopefully lighten the number of west coast tourists, but still, avoid the weekends surrounding Thanksgiving and New Years if you can. Also, weeknights are generally less desired than weekends.
If all else fails, “Hamilton” fans can take a trip to the theater to participate in the lottery. For $10 they can sit in the front row, if they’re lucky enough to get their name drawn. There are many sites reselling tickets for astronomical prices, but Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller noted that theatergoers should avoid that.
“I know it’s tempting to get tickets any way you can in order to see it soon,” Sellers wrote on Hamilton’s website. “But that's risky! There are many people and sites that are selling wildly overpriced and, in some cases, fraudulent tickets.” Ticketmaster and the box office at Richard Rodgers Theater are the recommended methods for fans to get tickets.