One of the biggest Broadway hits of recent years, Hamilton is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. It made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theatre in 2015, before transferring to Broadway a year later at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It rapidly received critical acclaim, and in 2016 its success was cemented by a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, winning 11. The same year it was also the recipient of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize.
A view of Broadway in New York (Photo: Maciej Lewandowski via Flickr)
If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple and fancy treating yourself to a theatre show on famous Broadway during your stay, there are several options for buying tickets online. And if you look hard enough, you’ll often find some great offers, often including add-on such as restaurant deals. To help you out, we’ve selected three of the best online vendors selling Broadway theatre tickets.
Ticketmaster have a wide variety of tickets on sale for Hamilton on Broadway, with prices starting at $355 when we searched for dates over the coming months. As this might indicate, you won’t often find discounted rates on Ticketmaster, but what you do get is reliability, since they are one of the most reputable ticket agencies around. The website is easy to navigate and invites you set a price limit so when you search for tickets it only pulls up deals within your budget. Other benefits are the option to request e-tickets instead of hard copies, reducing the risk of forged tickets in the process. You can also add insurance parking passes to your package. One negative are the high commission fees which can sometimes make a great deal look a little less attractive.
If you’re on a budget, StubHub are a great option for getting hold of tickets below face value .This is because they provide a platform for people to advertise tickets online, and they can do so at any price they want. The result of this is that when you look for tickets on the day of a show, or for an approaching date, you’ll often find very cheap tickets. For example, when we searched for Hamilton tickets on Broadway for upcoming days, we found tickets for as little as $72. The only downside to this is that since StubHub don’t own the tickets themselves, there’s less security around issues such as forgeries. However, the company does promise to compensate you with equivalent or better tickets if there are any problems. They also offer VIP tickets for a number of shows.
The Theatre Development Fund is a valuable presence on New York’s theatre scene, offering discounted tickets to help encourage disadvantaged people the chance to attend shows that they otherwise couldn’t afford. On a daily basis, Broadway shows – including Hamilton – allocate a certain discounted percentage for its tickets sold through the Fund, although there’s no guarantee of tickets being available for your preferred show. As ticket prices vary, it’s also difficult to determine what the precise cost will be, but generally speaking tickets discounted at 50%, will be in the range of between $75-$95. Bear in mind there’s also a $6 per ticket service fee, which goes to TDF to support the organisation’s broader programmes. To get hold of tickets, download the official TDF app to see live listings and find the ticket booths where tickets can be bought.