Hottest Ticket in Town
Editor's note: Since publication, Majestic Theatre has announced tickets to Hamilton will go sale at 10 am CT on March 15. Click here to register.
Did you think it was too late? That tickets to Hamilton were long sold out? That you’d missed your chance to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece during its long-anticipated run at the Majestic Theatre May 7-26?
Majestic box office representatives confirm there’s a bit of panic among theater-goers in the Alamo City. But guess what? Hamilton tickets haven’t even gone on sale yet. To be the first to know when they do, just sign up for the theater’s e-newsletter here.
Be wary of third-party vendors
Yes, some season ticket holders are already selling their seats at scalpers’ prices. Balcony seats are currently going for $368, while orchestra seats are $1,500 and up. But when regular tickets go on sale, the only place to purchase authentic ones at face value is through Ticketmaster online or at box office downtown at 224 E. Houston St.
What’s more, you’re taking a risk by purchasing tickets on third-party sites, such as Vivid Seats. Majestic Theatre box office manager Sherie Villani warns that fraudulent dealers may try to dupe eager fans into buying completely bogus tickets.
“Hundreds of tickets are sold through third-party sites, and 90 percent are legitimate, but you don’t want to buy the 10 percent that aren’t,” warns Villani. “We have issues with every hot show, and we anticipate a nightmare with Hamilton.”
Can you imagine? You arrive at your seat, proudly clutching your Hamilton Playbill, and someone else is in it? You might feel the urge to challenge them to a duel.
Avoid such angst with advice from Villani on how to score legit tix to the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play once they become available in the next few weeks.
“We want to make sure we get as many tickets in the hands of fans as possible,” she says.
After you sign up for the Majestic Theatre e-newsletter, you’ll get notified via an e-blast when Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration will open.
Go to Ticketmaster.com and register to become a Ticketmaster Verified Fan, a pre-screening process that assures Ticketmaster you’re an actual person, not a robot. According to the site’s disclaimer, registering doesn’t guarantee you’ll be verified, receive a code, or be able to purchase tickets. And Ticketmaster won’t divulge the exact process it uses to grant the verified status. Registering, however, is the only way to become eligible to purchase tickets for Hamilton on the site.
If you are verified as a fan, Ticketmaster will send you a code you can use to purchase Hamilton tickets online when they go on sale. “'Verified Fan' is becoming more and more common for the really big shows,” Villani says. Once you’re a Verified Fan and get a code, you’ll receive instructions for how to attempt the ticket purchase, but you’ll still have to act quickly when tickets finally go on sale.
Buy in-person at the box office
Purchase tickets at the box office to avoid online convenience fees, but plan to be there when the box office opens. “I am sure there will be a few hundred people here,” Villani says, adding that extra box office windows will be available to handle the Hamilton superfans while also providing service for other shows.
With the theater holding about 2,400 seats and eight shows a week for three weeks in May, there are 57,600 tickets out there, minus the season ticket holders’ seats. Don’t miss your shot!