What time are you arriving for the cancellation line? Friday night show, 3.15.19, when should be the time to arrive?
Just wanted to thank those who gave advice on turning up at the box office at the start of a trip and asking if they had seats for any dates in the upcoming week or so. We went to the box office on 22/3 and asked if they had anything until the end of the month and she said she could do Wed 27/3 8pm. Seats were left orchestra row C next to the aisle. $235 each. We were so happy!!! Loved the show! A dream come true. What was disappointing though was to see 3 empty seats in the third or fourth row of the centre orchestra that stayed empty, especially given we’d seen a bunch of people in the cancellation line at 7:50pm who probably didn’t get in.
kmissa said: "Those were probably unsold stubhub/reseller seats. The box office wouldn’t be able to sell those. I’m glad you were able to get tickets by asking. You saved on those pesky fees from ticketmaster. "Ah yes, of course! I momentarily forgot all about them. Well I’m glad those dodgy pricks didn’t make any money.
I've been following this board for awhile and am planning on seeing Hamilton in NYC for the first time this summer. There's a lot of great info on this board, but it's in tidbits and some of the best posts are getting a little dated. Could people who have a lot of experience with the cancellation line provide a comprehensive update for us "newbies" regarding the cancellation line? Specifically, I'm interested in projections for this summer. I know I should stop in at the box office to inquire about tickets for the week/month, but, if utilizing the cancellation line, what time should I arrive to guarantee tickets for 1) a matinee, 2) an evening performance during the week, 3) an evening performance on the weekend, and 4) SRO?Also, are ALL the cancellation line tickets good (first few rows of the theater) as seems the case if reading the posts to this board. If some are not quite as good (back of orchestra) can you reject the tickets and hold out for better ones closer to performance time? I really want to see this show at least one time from a great seat.
anyone have updates on how the line has been recently? or SRO reports?
Anyone have any experience with the NYC cancellation line on holiday weekends? thinking about doing it this Friday 7/5/19 and i have a few concerns:Do you think the line will be longer than usual given the holiday weekend?Could there be fewer tickets available than usual due to more VIPs attending?Would there be less of a chance seeing the lead actor as Hamilton and getting the understudy?
Fredd3 said: "Anyone have any experience with the NYC cancellation line on holiday weekends? thinking about doing it this Friday 7/5/19 and i have a few concerns:Do you think the line will be longer than usual given the holiday weekend? DEFINITELYCould there be fewer tickets available than usual due to more VIPs attending? POSSIBLYWould there be less of a chance seeing the lead actor as Hamilton and getting the understudy?" NO CLUE
FWIW, on Saturday 11/3/18, I walked by and got in the cancellation line at 7:52PM for a 8PM curtain and scored two centered standing room tickets. I walk by this theater alot in the morning and honestly can't make out any type of line even at 8AM. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough, but I shouldn't expect this to be a hard thing to wait in line for anymore. On a holiday weekend, however, all bets are off. Plus the after effects of pride weekend, maybe many have done extended vacations.
I am looking to offload some tickets for the 2PM showing on 7/5, if you'd rather not wait and take your chances with the cancellation line. They are Price Level 1 tickets - Rear Mezz Center, Row L.
My experience on Sunday, July 7: Arrived at the theater at 11:30 a.m. and was 7th in line for the matinee. I was willing to wait in line, but, when the box office opened, I asked if there were any cancellation line tickets available for the week. I was first offered tickets for Tuesday night, but they were above face value price so I refused them. I was then offered tickets to the Wednesday matinee at face value so I took them. The tickets were Row L Center. Here's an important note: The Richard Rogers Theater has a steep incline that begins at around Row J. From that row on back, the seating is similar to stadium seating in a movie theater. Therefore, Row J and those immediately after it are some of the best in the theater because of the unobstructed views.
(Insert Clever Name) said: "The box office will never sell tickets above face value"I think they meant that a Premium-priced seat was first offered.
When I was there on July 7, there were people in the cancellation line waiting for SRO tickets, but they were told SRO would not be offered that day.
Has the NYC cancellation line died down in the past year? I was there a couple times in the summer (always on Fridays) last year where i got in line between 9AM and 10AM and there were already 6-8 people on line. My wife and i went there yesterday 8/2/19 at 9AM and there was nobody else there! Not even any pros and i always saw one or two of those. Nobody else showed up until 4:15! Is this normal now?I just assumed that being summertime, the line would be longer than usual due to people being out of school.Has the interest decreased that much in the past year?
I think the interest in Hamilton in NYC has leveled off significantly. I've read some articles about the marketing strategy and it's different than with some other shows in that they established the second permanent venue in Chicago relatively quickly and they have multiple touring companies saturating the U.S. The touring companies have taken the pressure off of NYC and Chicago and Chicago is actually closing in January. On another note, can you tell us how many people ultimately showed up last night for cancellation tickets, how many got in, and what time did they start offering the tickets? Thanks.
Starting around 5:00 people started showing up rapidly. By 6:00 i'm sure there were too many to get in - probably around 20. Since i was first, i can't tell you how many got in but my wife and i got our tickets about 7:15 - 8th row center orchestra. I can tell you that t least 10 get in every night.(although there are no guarantees).In the interest of full discolsure, i should tell you that at around 11:00, i was offered two tickets that i turned down because they were on the side - 12th row, and if i'm paying that much money to see a play, i'd rather wait for fantastic seats than just good ones.Also, a few people did show up during the day and got tickets right away for the next day or later in the week. If you're going to be in the area for a few days and the day you see the show doesn't matter, it always pays to ask at the box office as they frequently have tickets for upcoming days available.
Another kind of question - the VIP cancellation tickets don't become available until after 7:00 for an 8PM show. I was first in line last time and got my tickets at 7:15. Does anyone know if there is a policy not to tell the purchaser the seat location prior to buying the tickets when they're being sold that close to showtime.I've purchased tickets earlier in the day and gotten them to tell me the location, but this time, the ticket agent wouldn't tell me. I kept asking for the seat location but they kept joking around saying things like "you don't want to ruin the surprise, do you?" and "you're going to love these seats, trust me". No matter how many times i asked for the location, i couldn't get it. I finally gave up and put my credit card in the machine and then was told the location. FWIW, they were great seats so i had no complaints about the location but i thought it was bad form that i couldn't find out where they were until after i bought the tickets.What i thought about later is, maybe it's the policy of the theater not to give people the locations for cancellation tickets because it's so close to showtime and they want to keep things moving so people aren't going back in line to wait for better seats and holding things up for everyone else. I'd just like to know if this is a policy of the theater or if it was just this one person busting my chops.I plan on calling the box office later this week, but does anyone know if they have a policy like that? I guess i can understand if they do, i just wish the person would have told me that.
Has anyone tried the line recently? Is the price still $230? Thanks in advance if you have any information.
I went on Friday, 10/18/19. I was 11 or 12 in line and the tickets were $225, though by the time they got to #8 they only had standing room for $40, but I gladly took that! The SRO section was right at the back of the orchestra so occasionally you couldn't see the cast members if they were on the scaffolding of the set but that was only for a second and you didn't miss anything but a few words.
I stopped by the box office around 3:00 on Tuesday October 8. Nobody was in the cancellation line outside. I asked at the box office for one ticket for either tuesday night or either of the Wednesday shows and I got a center orchestra Row J ticket for $237. Was a great seat and loved the show. (first time seeing it after years of trying in both NYC and Chicago.).
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