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How to See “Hamilton” in Los Angeles Without Going into Bankruptcy
Joan Marcus

You don’t want to miss the cultural flash point of the post-millennium (Tony awards! Politics! Star wattage!), nor can you stop humming How does a bastard, orphan, son of—. But you need to act fast, since tickets can cost over $1,000 apiece on the resale market, and demand has been known to break the Internet. Oh, and we’re talking about Hamilton, btw. It’s coming to Los Angeles beginning August 11 through the end of the year. Here are your options to see the groundbreaking show.

One: Buy tickets like a normal person.
And use your Amex. Or even sign up for Amex just for the purpose of getting Hamilton tickets, since Amex credit card holders can buy their tickets on April 19, while everyone else has to wait to buy tickets until April 30. Pro tip: Hit “purchase” as quickly as you can in case the site crashes. (That’s what happened in San Francisco, yikes.)

Two: Try your luck at the $10 lottery.
That’s right, performances of the show in New York, Chicago and San Francisco have offered a block of tickets for $10 online, via lottery. Trick is, they’re offered only for the same-day or same-week performances. While the Pantages is tight-lipped for now, expect the same thing here. (Fingers crossed.)

Three: Try the cancellation line.
Just before the performance, people whose (presumably) life-threatening emergencies have prevented them from showing up will have left empty seats. Inquire at the ticket booth, then get ready to line up and wait. Because you don’t want to miss your shot.

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