Update 2/23: Miss the presale? If you weren’t selected for the Houston Hamilton ticket lottery, check SeatGeek for resale tickets.
Houston, Hamilton is coming to town! Have you been dying to see this show just as much as the rest of the country? There’s no doubt that this Broadway show has made waves ever since the very first performance back in February 2015. And now, Houston residents can get in on the hip-hop musical action—at the cheapest possible price!
Hamilton tickets are notoriously expensive thanks to the high demand, but we’ve done some digging to find the best ways for you to get Hamilton tickets in Houston as cheap as possible. If you’re wondering how to get Hamilton tickets, consider this your one-stop guide. For reference, the show will be held at the Hobby Center and tickets will be released on February 23.
Hamilton Show Dates in Houston
Before you go about finding your Hamilton tickets, make sure you know when the show dates are. This way, when you are finally able to buy Hamilton tickets, you will already know which show date and time to book. The Hamilton performance dates and times for the Houston 2018 tour is below:
Tuesday, April 24: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 25: 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 26: 7:30 pm
Friday, April 27: 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 28: 2:00 pm
Saturday April 28: 8:00 pm
Sunday April 29: 2:00 pm
Sunday April 29: 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 1: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 2: 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 3: 7:30 pm
Friday, May 4: 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 5: 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 5: 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 6: 2:00 pm
Sunday May 6: 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 8: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 9: 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 10: 7:30 pm
Friday, May 11: 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 12: 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 12: 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 13: 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 13: 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 15: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 16: 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 17: 7:30 pm
Friday, May 18: 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 19: 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 19: 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 6: 2:00 pm
How to Get Cheap Hamilton Tickets in Houston
1. Enter the ticket lottery by February 19
You don’t have much time, so it’s best to act fast on this one. The folks at the Hobby Center say your best bet for purchasing tickets is online through TicketMaster (they also warn against using other ticketing sites, which have a high likelihood of selling fakes), and TicketMaster’s Verified Fan option is the suggestion to ensure you’re not going to resell your tickets.
You must enter the ticket lottery by February 19 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Then, if selected, you’ll be eligible buy tickets online as soon as they are released on February 23. Those who are selected in the Hamilton ticket lottery will be notified on Thursday, February 22.
Note that this will also be the absolute cheapest way to get Hamilton tickets early since you won’t be buying them at an inflated resale price. These tickets range from $80.50 to $194.50 (note: there will be some $10 orchestra seats available for all performances through a ticket lottery that will likely take place a day or two before each showtime in April and May; more info below), and if you really feel like splurging, there will be a select number of premium seats available at a heft $592.50 price tag.
2. Line up at the Hobby Center Box Office
You need get there early, though. According to a press release issued by The Hobby Center, a limited number of tickets will be available at the box office on Friday. Beginning at 7 a.m. (CT), you can line up at the Hobby Center Box Office on Friday, February 23, when tickets will officially go on sale at 11 a.m.
Getting Hamilton tickets won’t be super easy, but physically showing up when the box office opens is a great way to try to be one of the first to get Hamilton tickets in Houston.
3. Enter the daily lottery before each show
If you’ve tried the above methods and still haven’t been able to score Hamilton tickets, don’t worry—you have more chances. Before every show, Hamilton holds a daily ticket lottery in which the winners get orchestra seats for just $10. Yeah, you read that right — you could get Hamilton tickets in Houston for just $10. So, yes it’s possible to get extremely cheap Hamilton tickets in Houston… You just have to be diligent.
Though the exact details for Houston’s lottery system haven’t been released yet, we can assume the lottery will run in a similar fashion (if not the same) to the Hamilton digital ticket lotteries in other cities. You can find more information on the digital #HAM4HAM lottery here—the site says the lottery does not open until 11 a.m. two days prior to the show, and it closes at 9 a.m. the day before.
If you win, you’ll only have an hour to pay for your tickets, but it shouldn’t be too much of a splurge: prices for these 32 orchestra seats clock in at just $10 per ticket.
The Hobby Center recommends joining their E-Club to get the most accurate information regarding the digital lottery for Hamilton tickets in Houston.
4. Use SeatGeek to find the best-rated resale deals
If you’re willing to buy resale tickets, remember that there is some risk involved, so do it from a trusted source. SeatGeek is a ticket resale website that offers some great guarantees to ensure you don’t get ripped off.
The cool thing about this service is they tell you whether or not the tickets you’re looking at buying are priced at a good deal or not. SeatGeek’s Deal Score feature compares your resale ticket to lots of data and statistics to see if it’s a fair deal. You can read more about SeatGeek’s Deal Score feature here.
5. Wait to buy resale tickets until a couple hours before showtime
It’s not often that Hamilton tickets go unsold. It’s such a guaranteed sell-out, in fact, that you can use its popularity to your advantage. There is one last-ditch effort you can try for cheap Hamilton tickets if you’re feeling a little desperate (though it has definitely worked for people). You can wait all the up until a couple hours until showtime to buy your resale tickets on SeatGeek (or other trusted sellers like StubHub). A recent study found that nearly half of all listed resale tickets drop in price in the hours leading up to the event.
Why does this work? Well, those trying to resell tickets will be scrambling at that time. Because time is getting down to the wire, sellers are much more likely to drop their prices just so they don’t completely lose out on their investment. Simply keep an out for those selling tickets by refreshing the app often and move in when the time’s right. (Side note: I used this tactic to score some Astros World Series tickets last year at a fairly reasonable price about 30 minutes before game time.)
So, do you feel confident that you can get Hamilton tickets in Houston? Don’t forget to enter the ticket lottery by February 19 to increase your chances!