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Hamilton at the Kennedy Center: Any Tips?

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Hamilton at the Kennedy Center: Any Tips?

Hamilton will be playing 111 matinee and evening performances at the Kennedy Center Opera House starting Tuesday from June 12-September 16. The 250,000 seats for the run sold out on the first day of public sale; about 5% of those seats are now available on the secondary market--at ticket prices that are substantially higher than the face amount, plus considerable secondary market commission and internet fee.

The show has sold out for more than three years in NYC, and in the first one dozen cities in the national tour on the first day that tickets have been available.

Based on the pertinence of the subject matter and interest in DC, and your experience to date, any tips on how to go about getting tickets, at prices that are as affordable as possible, would be greatly appreciated by visitors and locals.

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1. Re: Hamilton at the Kennedy Center: Any Tips?

Enter the lottery for the $10 tickets.

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The Kennedy Center has at times put tickets back up for sale when they realized they were bought in violation of policy (tickets are limited to 4 per household). They do not announce when they do this. Check their website and maybe get lucky.

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A detailed but perhaps helpful survey of the overall situation:

1. Without recommending the secondary market, if you use it, only use established, reputable secondary market brokers.

2. It is good to use a seating chart with seat (not just row) numbers.

3. So you know what you are getting (and do not overpay for the ticket price or commission), it is good to search for tickets which list seat numbers—and are not obstructed or on the very far sides. (Note that “aisle” seating can include aisles at the far sides.) Avoid any high-priced ticket offers which are listed repeatedly for the same (or no) seat at the same price for a succession of dates.

4. Tickets vary widely by date, price and availability, and vary day-to-day. Knowing the market is very helpful in getting the best pricing and value.

5. Second-tier balcony are often the least expensive, but are typically farthest from the stage. There are some but relatively few first-tier balcony seats remaining.

6. The most frequent (but typically more expensive) tickets now available are orchestra, with center orchestra the most expensive; however, there are more than 2 dozen sets of center orchestra tickets (2 or 4 per set) with ticket prices under $400 per ticket, and more than another one dozen center orchestra at $400 (plus commission and internet fee).

7. Some center aisle seating outside the center orchestra offer views across the side aisle that do not have other attendees directly in front. The show is produced on 2 levels (with ladders), so a seat which is not in the very first orchestra rows may offer easier view of both levels. (From #5 above: first-tier seating--other than the first row with a railing--may be an attractive alternative given the two-stage feature of the production.)

8. Some dates with relatively higher ticket quantities might (or might not) be or become less expensive because of competition among sellers to sell remaining tickets as time goes on. Some of those dates are Saturday evenings. [As an example: in the center orchestra, there are more than 100 seats available for June 30 evening, July 6, July 7 evening, July 20, July 28 evening, August 10, August 11 evening, August 18 evening, August 24, August 25 evening, and September 1 evening. ]

9. A more direct effect on pricing may be the motivation of a seller, for whatever reason, to recoup what they can in the short term with a price that is below the market.

CONCLUSION

Finding perhaps 6-12 sets of tickets and dates you like now—and following them carefully over time—may end up providing you a choice you like among 2 or 3 remaining with the lowest prices.

Edited: June 07, 2018, 2:42 am
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I don't know about the secondary market, but you can obviously find dozens of tickets for sale right now on the Kennedy Center website. This isn't some unusual thing that needs announcement, just go on there right now, I just picked a random Sunday in August, and there were 70 tickets for sale.

No, they aren't the cheap seats but there are plenty of tickets for sale by the Kennedy Center right now.

Which I admit I don't understand as they claimed they were sold out months ago, even members couldn't get them. It's hard to believe all those tickets were bought illegally, but maybe so. I mean members couldn't even buy the $625 seats, none were for sale. Now only a few dates have the cheaper $300 or so tickdts, but there are tons of $625 tickets for sale.

There is no need whatsoever to go to a secondary market.

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+1 IrishFan’s recommendation. Here’s a link to the Washington Post article outlining how to enter the lottery:

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Re: Post 4:

There are occasional isolated individual tickets for sale on Ticketmaster for a lower ticket price than $625.

However: the total COST of a $625 ticket (if ordered through the internet) is:

"Order Summary

Order Total: $625.00

Ticket Service Charge: $87.50

Grand Total: $712.50"

The discussion in Post #3 notes examples of several dozen sets of tickets (2 or 4, and also 1 per set) in which the total cost including commission for center orchestra is less than $500.

The lottery offers a potential purchaser, who may really want to see the show, limited control against high demand.

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For that much money you could buy a ticket to six great theaters in the area and see something different each night all week long. Arena Stage, Studio, Keegan, Signature, and on and on.

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8. Re: Hamilton at the Kennedy Center: Any Tips?

For some performances, there are a few orchestra tickets at $349 on Ticketmaster.

For these tickets, there is no extra charge for box office pick-up, but $48.86 extra via the internet ($397.86 total).

Edited: June 07, 2018, 8:03 am
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Re: Post 8

Those theatergoers who wish to take advantage of the Ticketmaster $349 base ticket rate may wish to focus initially on the first 2 weeks of the run in June.

Edited: June 07, 2018, 10:13 am
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Re: Post 9

Post 9 pertains to a $349 orchestra ticket rate during 2 weeks in June.

For those interested in the first tier, the $349 rate is available for some performances beginning July 5.

Edited: June 07, 2018, 11:37 am
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