50K vied for $10 'Hamilton' tickets, crashed site

Hamilton the musical
Source: Hamilton The Musical

More than 50,000 people logged onto Broadway Direct on Tuesday to take part in an online lottery for cheap tickets to Broadway's hottest musical, "Hamilton," crashing the site and halting the lottery.

The lottery tickets for Tuesday's performance will not be sold, according to the official "Hamilton" Twitter account, in an effort to be fair to all fans who attempted to win tickets.

The daily discount-ticket lottery for the show — dubbed #Ham4Ham — had moved online Tuesday after growing safety concerns from neighbors and local police. The lottery typically draws as many as 1,000 hopeful fans in person.


Other Broadway shows that utilize the same lottery website as "Hamilton," including "The Lion King" and "On Your Feet," were also down because of the influx of traffic.

Broadway Direct did not immediately comment on the matter.


"Hamilton" is currently sold out until July 2016 and if the show scores any Tony Awards in 2016 — which many critics have predicted — tickets will likely become even more scarce.


Fans have crowded outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre to enter for a chance to win 21 premium seats to the evening performance, which can run up to $600 including booking fees. The musical, which opened in July of last year, has also made the lottery entry more fun by producing a short live performance before the lottery announcement.

#Ham4Ham, a short form for a Hamilton for "Hamilton," a nod at the fact that a lottery ticket to the show only costs $10, is a pre-show to the lottery selection in which cast members from the show — and sometimes other Broadway heavyweights and celebrities — serenade and entertain the crowd.

Nosebleed tickets for "Hamilton" start at $67 and range up to around $500, sans any fees or scalping.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind the show, had said on Twitter that the online lottery would be temporary. Because of the glitch, the live lottery will happen Wednesday, complete with a #Ham4Ham performance.

The live lottery is slated to return full-time in March, revamped and with better safety measures. The cast will be making videos to replace the live pre-shows during the winter.

Representatives from "Hamilton" declined to comment beyond the musical's official tweets.