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Cheap ‘Hamilton’ tickets by winning the lottery
How I got great seats to the musical for just $10 but had to wear a mask
I love the musical “Hamilton”, even though I had never seen it in the theater until a couple of weeks ago. I’ve watched the movie version on the Disney channel. It’s an inspirational show about how our Founding Fathers -- Alexander Hamilton, George Washington et al-- fought a war and then built our country.
I got to see it at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. because I figured out a hack to get cheap but excellent seats. Watch or read below to learn how I did it, and you can too…
VIDEO FROM “HAMILTON”:
Here’s my new video that I did from the Kennedy Center that tells how I got the cheap tickets. Or click to watch on my YouTube channel. My story continues below the video.
GETTING HAMILTON TICKETS
When I heard the show was going to be at the Kennedy Center from August through October, I looked on the website to buy tickets. As Hamilton sings:
“There’s a million things I haven’t done, just you wait.”
Not so fast. I was stunned by the ticket prices. The worst seats in the house are $59 and the best are $399. On other websites, good tickets are being sold for more than twice as much.
With soaring inflation and a weak economy, you’d think there wouldn’t be a huge demand for these tickets. But there’s a lot of money in D.C. The Kennedy Center limited people to buying only eight tickets for the whole three months the show is in town.
Clearly, money is not an issue for many people wanting to see “Hamilton,” but I’m not one of them.
CHEAP TICKETS HACK
As I scrolled through the Kennedy Center's official website into the FAQs, I found mention of a lottery. I clicked through and was taken to the Lucky Seat website. I could pick from a variety of shows in most big cities to enter the lottery. I found “Hamilton” at the Kennedy Center. I signed up for an account and entered the lottery.
I didn’t think much more about it until five days later, I got this text: “You won Lucky Seats to Hamilton.” It said I had just two hours to buy the tickets for a specific date an time. I immediately went online and bought two tickets. See below how it shows on the website:
I thought it could be a scam, but I figured the worst thing that could happen was a $20 loss. Or as the show character Hamilton sings:
“I’m just like my country—I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.”
BOX OFFICE SURPRISE
I went to the Kennedy Center for the show and, to my pleasant surprise, the two tickets were waiting for me at the box office. I asked the woman behind the desk, “How much would these be worth if I had paid for them?”
(If you didn’t want the video above, I recorded this part, so watch here.)
“$379 each,” she said.
“379 dollars?” I repeated.
“A piece,” she emphasized.
“$379 a piece for the two tickets I paid $20?” I asked her.
“Yes because you won them in the lottery,” she said. “Congratulations.”
SEATED AND MASKED
Next, I headed to the theater to find our $758 worth of seats. The Lucky Seats email confirmation warned the seats might not be together and might be obstructed, so I wasn’t expecting much.
While I stood in line to go through security in the concourse, I noticed about half of the people were wearings masks. I was not. I had been notified on the Kennedy Center website and the email tickets that masks were required in the theater, so I had one with me.
It is so stupid to still be wearing surgical masks for COVID but I wanted to see the show enough to make up for it. But I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t mandatory for everyone.
I asked a Kennedy Center employee and found out that masks were required inside the theater but not in the crowded concourse or the building.
As with almost everything in Pandemic Panic, there was no logic as to why masks were needed when people had their mouths closed watching the show, but not when they were talking in the concourse.
“Science,” I said snarkily in the video.
Masked and ticket checked, I was directed through the front center doors of the theater. This was a good sign. I kept walking down the stairs until I was directed to our seats.
I was stunned. The seats were in the second row, in the center of the stage. They were some of the best seats in the house. Others in the row paid hundreds of dollars. I was a thrilled lottery winner.
The show was as fantastic as I had hoped. I could see the faces of the actors clearly and every detail of the stage. The show was so much better in real life. It was especially exciting to see it in Washington, where the real George Washington and Alexander Hamilton walked these same streets when they helped build our democratic government.
My favorite scene is when Pres. Washington tells Hamilton he’s stepping down after his second term so he can teach the country about a peaceable change of power. He asks Hamilton to write his final address to the country.
The song is “One Last Time” and these are some of the lyrics:
If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on
It outlives me when I'm gone
Like the scripture says
Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
They'll be safe in the nation we've made
Then there is a funny scene with King George who says:
“They say George Washington is yielding his power and stepping away. Is that true? I wasn't aware that was something a person could do.”
I highly recommend trying to see “Hamilton” if you are in the area or when it comes to a city near you. The Lucky Seat website now has the lottery going for the show moving next to Baltimore. Good luck!
Have you seen the show or watched the movie? What do you think is the legacy of the real Hamilton?