10 Alternatives to the Price of Hamilton Resale Tickets

Hamilton the Musical tickets--especially for the next two weeks while Lin Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, and Leslie Odom Jr. are on their final show run--are over $1200. (Teach us how to say goodbye.)

The retail price for tickets range from $85 to $300 and up to $849 for premium. But the final performance day of Miranda, Odom and Soo—July 9—have resale tickets reaching from a few thousand to over $12,000!

Even though I am really, really tempted to just empty my savings account and present the money for tickets like:

This list is to persuade myself not to empty my savings account for an unforgettable 2 hours and 30 minutes (with a 15 minute intermission to prevent hyperventilation) with the writer and star who is making one heck of a mark on history. 

After next weekend, the leading opening cast will most likely not be in the same place in the same time to perform this masterpiece. And as much as I would cry in happiness at the chance to see five minutes of it performed… It's. Over. One. Thousand. Dollars.

My chance of seeing Hamilton looks something like this:
Crunch the numbers and the lowest possible resale I saw before July 9th was approximately $1,200. At 150 minutes, that is $8 minimum a minute. Which doesn’t seem like too much to say you experienced the glory of Hamilton with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., and Phillipa Soo.
But let me put this in another perspective:

Instead of spending $1,200 on Hamilton tickets, you could use that money (before tax) to buy one of these ten alternatives…

  1. Have approximately 520 boxes of tissues for your tears knowing you will mostly likely not see Hamilton with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo... or you can just listen to Act 2 on repeat.
  2. Purchase 400 New York City subway single tickets.
  3. Buy 60 tickets to Mount Vernon and pay tribute to the first founding father and learn more about his life while history had its eyes on him.
  4. Purchase 60 copies of the Hamilton the Musical soundtrack on iTunes.
  5. Own 48 copies of the book that led to the musical

  6. Buy 45 copies of Hamilton: The Revolution from Amazon.
  7. Have 34 Hamilton shirts at $35 each.
  8. Spend a four day, two-person resort stay with four day tickets to the parks at Walt Disney World Resort. This might not be Hamilton related, but both of these are pretty magical and pricey.

             (Of course this list included Disney... do you even know me?)
  9. Buy a round-trip flight from New York to London, stay overnight and visit Buckingham Palace, which King George III purchased in 1762 as Buckingham House.

  10. Purchase a front, center orchestra seat for all of these shows: The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Les Miserables, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Waitress.

Or you could buy the parts necessary and take engineering courses to make a time machine. You could go back to meet Alexander Hamilton in person or, even better, to when the show first premiered (but you have to take me with you).

In all seriousness, as much as I want to see this show, I cannot justify killing an entire monthly paycheck.

I work two minimum-wage jobs as I finish my two university degrees. 

In New Jersey, that is $8.40 an hour. To afford a $1,200 ticket, I would have to work over 142 hours for the 150 minutes length of the musical. That’s 8,520 minutes working, or 56.8 times the length of the show. 

However, I am so, so happy that the original cast performance has been recorded... even if it might be years before being released. 

And, while this may be the last time the original cast is all together on the stage performing the original roles, and there is no way the recording could capture being in the room where it happens...
at least we know that Lin-Manuel Miranda can't stay away forever.

If you want to express your pain regarding ticket prices and some of these phenomenal cast moving forward with their lives (seriously, I am happy for them but it is still sad), we can bond through our emotions in the comments.

Hugs, kisses and thanks for reading! 


Also, if you are friends with anyone in the Hamilton fandom online, be prepared for the sad farewell postings.

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