Tickets go on sale this Sunday, April 8, at 10 a.m. It’s anyone’s guess as to how the sales will go, but we’re imagining the performances will sell out sometime around 10:02 a.m. Best to prepare. In order to help you get ready, ArtsATL offers the following list of helpful hints that may increase your chances of being one of the lucky few headed to the Fox Theatre in a couple months:
— Set your alarm. Remembering around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday (or later) that you meant to check to see if you could buy Hamilton tickets will not be nearly as good as being seated at your computer, ready to click away at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday. Many ticket vending website systems reportedly run according to the time on time.gov. You should, too.
— Register with foxtheatre.org in advance. The Fox Theatre site requires you to register in order to buy tickets. Is there any reason not to register now? Not that we can think of. It’s a much better idea than scrambling to register as you’re picking out tickets.
— Know when you want to go. The show runs for 24 performances. Matinees and weekday nights will probably sell slower than, say, opening night or Saturday night shows. If you can conveniently make it on, say, a Tuesday night, you may end up having a better chance at getting great seats.
— Be ready on April 8. Tickets may not sell out as quickly as we’re imagining, but even so, you’ll want to buy on April 8. We couldn’t help but shudder a bit when we read this message on Broadway in Atlanta’s website: “Pricing is based upon demand and may increase closer to the performance date.” Yikes.
— Get some practice. You can’t buy your Hamilton tickets yet, but you can still walk through the process you’ll follow on Sunday. Go to the Fox website and pick a show that’s not sold out. Pretend you’re buying tickets (the site won’t know you’re not serious about going to see Yanni). Click through all the Buy Tickets screens and familiarize yourself with the various ticket packages and options, such as choosing seats and selecting a delivery method. You’ll also want to make sure that none of the screens are being blocked by things like AdBlocker on your browser. Sunday morning will be a terrible time to learn that you need to download the latest version of Flash. Only complete the practice purchase if you want to see Yanni.
— Know your budget and how much you’re willing to spend. Prices will range from $80 to $330 with a select number of $550 premium seats available for all performances.
— Plan to sit together. For many concerts and events, the Fox Theatre will not let you purchase groups of tickets in separate rows on the same order. We’re guessing the policy will be the same for Hamilton. Plan to sit with your group.
— You can only purchase four tickets per order. If you’re planning to go in a larger group than that, you should probably consider assigning two people (or more) to place orders of four tickets each.
— Know the Fox Theatre layout. Everyone has their favorite spot to sit in the Fox. Knowing in advance whether you prefer First Dress Circle, Orchestra or Gallery (and if you’re willing to pay the price) will be a big help.
— Avoid scalpers and ticket consolidators. Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller notes, “It’s tempting to get tickets any way you can. There are many sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets. For the best seats, the best prices and to eliminate the risk of counterfeit tickets, all purchases for the Atlanta engagement should be made through www.foxtheatre.org.”
— Know where to buy tickets on Sunday. You’ll go to the Hamilton page on the Fox Theatre’s website, which is here. Where it now says “On Sale Soon,” it will soon say “Buy Tickets.” Swoon.
— We can’t guarantee that you’ll get tickets with our advice, but we can wish you good luck! And remember: even if you strike out on Sunday, keep in mind that there will be a lottery for 40 $10 Orchestra seats for all performances. Details about the lottery and the opportunity to enter online or via app will be announced closer to the engagement. Good luck!