The lottery of “Hamilton” tickets that generated the #Ham4Ham hashtag in New York City is coming to Louisville beginning with the June 4 performance, theater officials said.
The digital lottery will continue for each performance, offering 40 tickets for $10 apiece, Producer Jeffrey Seller and PNC Broadway in Louisville announced on Tuesday.
The digital lottery will open at 11 a.m. June 2, for tickets to the June 4 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days before each performance, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 9 a.m. the day before the performance.
Entrants 18 and older can download the “Hamilton” app or register on hamiltonmusical.com/lottery. Only one entry is allowed per person. Winners can buy up to two tickets.
Other details from the announcement: Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 p.m. the day before the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4 that day are forfeited.
Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning two hours before the performance with a valid photo ID, and, lastly, lottery tickets are void if resold, officials said.
This will be the first time Louisville audiences will get a chance to see the 2015 musical, which is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and features a soundtrack that incorporates rap, R&B, pop and soul songs.
It was written and created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In 2016, “Hamilton” received 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and also took home the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album that same year. If that wasn’t enough, the musical also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Officials said tickets for “Hamilton” are on sale for performances that run from June 4 to June 23. They advise patrons to check the official Hamilton channels and kentuckycenter.org for late-release seats, which may become available at short notice.
According to The Ultimate ‘Hamilton’ Glossary, #Ham4Ham dates back to “July 13, 2015 – the day of Hamilton’s first Broadway preview and lottery which drew hundreds of fans to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in the hopes of securing tickets – Ham4Ham came to life in the form of an appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda (brief snippet in the video below). From there, the weekly tradition was born.”