Would You Buy a $399 Hamilton Ticket?

Joan Marcus

Ava Kobos

Although it’s fair to say that Hamilton is a great musical, I think we all agree that $399 is too much for a ticket.

Hamilton has arrived in Portland, and seats are nearly sold out. However, there are still a few tickets remaining for the people who purchase them in time. There is one drawback—these last few tickets cost upwards of $399. 

The musical took the world by storm ever since its Off-Broadway success in 2015. Written by Lin Manuel Miranda, it has won eleven Tonys, has toured in multiple countries, and is even available to watch on Disney+. Within a staggering total of forty-six songs, Hamilton educates viewers about Alexander Hamilton’s life, political career, and eventual death. Rolling Stone has even featured Hamilton in their article titled “The 50 Most Important Music Moments of the Decade.”

Tickets to see the Broadway production of Hamilton, even when purchased months in advance, typically cost over $100. The musical’s popularity has hardly dimmed, although it’s been seven years since its Off-Broadway opening. Although I purchased Hamilton tour tickets soon after they became available, there were only about 200-300 per show left—keep in mind, the Keller Auditorium contains nearly 3,000 seats—and were mostly located in the orchestra. Orchestra seats are good, but they’re always expensive and usually have obstructed views, especially when the show is nearly sold out and the seat staggering in the orchestra isn’t great by default. 

Now that Hamilton has started its run in Portland, very few tickets remain for each show. If I truly wished to purchase one of these last minute tickets, I would be paying $399 for a single orchestra seat. Even for Hamilton, that’s ridiculously overpriced. Yes, it’s true that even a proshot on Disney+ can’t replicate the experience of live theater, but it does act as a good substitute for spending $399 dollars on an orchestra seat that won’t have a good view because somebody’s head is blocking half of the stage. These tickets are expensive because Portland’5, one of the primary ticket sellers, knows that Hamilton is popular and in high demand, and that people will pay to see this show. 

However, if you truly do want to see Hamilton during its run in Portland, all hope is not lost. Ticket reselling services, such as SeatGeek, offer tickets at notably cheaper prices. Although the prices of resold tickets may be marked-up from their original value, buying a ticket at a marked-up price of $106 is better than buying an orchestra ticket at a base-level price of $400. If you are planning to buy a ticket through a reseller, make sure to do that ASAP so you can pick from a larger variety of seats and purchase the tickets at lower costs.