Imagine the most popular kid in school is throwing a huge party in their house. They’ve spent thousands of dollars on food and drink, purchased designer goodie gift bags for all invited guests and there a rumor that Drake will be in attendance. An invitation is hard to come by and they have hired eighteen rugby players as bouncers. Your chances of getting an invitation are slim to none and the possibility of sneaking into this party is very unlikely but regardless, you need to go. You simply must be there.
Right now in New York City this impossibly wonderful party exists and it’s called Hamilton. Buying tickets is nearly impossible and the VIP list is elite. But, just like the popular kid’s party, not going is not an option. I consider myself extremely skeptical in regards to hype surrounding shows or movies but I can assure you that Hamilton lives up to, if not exceeds, the aura that surrounds it. Attendance should be secured by any way possible.
My tickets came as a stroke of luck. While I have never really been particularly partial to musicals, after hearing the Hamilton hype back in August, I decided to buy some tickets. Turns out the first available tickets happen to fall on my birthday so, taking this as a sign, I spent a comparably minimal amount for tickets nine months in the future.
If you weren’t as fortunate as I was to secure tickets, there was the option of waiting in line for up to 12 hours in the hopes that someone cancels or is a no show. No word on how much these tickets can cost but, as I said before, not seeing Hamilton isn’t an option so start saving your money and get in that line up!
There are those that were lucky enough to see Hamilton last year when it was in the public theatre right across the street from where I take classes. And some of the rehearsals took place in the Robert Moss Theatre right in our building! Rumor even has it Lin-Manuel Miranda used to frequent the local Starbucks back then. If only I had been born a year earlier so I could have started at NYU a year sooner.
I understand there is one more way to obtain tickets for this show that – in case you’ve missed my point - is mandatory to see. I hear Lin-Manuel is offering tickets to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan if he passes an outstanding bill regarding the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis. So if you want to score some tickets, just commit to a lifetime of politics. Remember not seeing Hamilton is not an option so if a lifetime in politics is what it takes, do it!
I’ll close with this….Get. Hamilton. Tickets. Have I made myself clear? Get your tickets like you’re running out of time - don’t throw away your shot. (sorry for the bad jokes). You won’t regret it.