Hamilton is coming to Louisville!
By PHYLICIA ASHLEY | WAVE 3 News
Tens of thousands of people on Thursday tried to get their hands on one of the most coveted tickets in the city.
“Hamilton” the musical is hitting the stage at the Kentucky Center in June. Tickets went on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.
“Just heard the buzz about it,” said Betsy Helm, who added that she waited in line for more than seven hours to buy tickets.
The buzz about “Hamilton” coming to a Louisville stage rang extremely loud for Helm.
“(I woke) up at 2 a.m. and woke my brother up to get here by 3:15,” she said.
Hundreds of people wrapped around the Kentucky Center in Louisville for a chance at getting tickets.
“It was a plain Broadway play and it’s finally making its way to little old Louisville,” Deneen Woods said while filling out the form for her ticket. “What I think is special is it’s done in rap — that’s what kind of gets me.”
People like Woods and Helm have been waiting for the opportunity since “Hamilton” hit the New York Broadway stage in 2015.
“It’s a masterpiece because he has layered so many different things,” PNC Broadway Louisville President Leslie Broecker said. “It’s a feast for the eyes.”
With thousands of people trying to get their eyes on the musical story about American founding father Alexander Hamilton, scams and ticket snatching can happen.
“A lot of people try to take advantage of this opportunity,” Broecker said. “If you do get tickets, cover the code.”
Broecker said if someone shows off their ticket on social media, someone could take a photo of the barcode and snag their ticket before they get a chance to see the show.
“Everyone who has ever seen it is so excited about it, and I just really want to see it,” Helm said.
Helm’s early start time paid off. She was the first person in line.
On the first day of ticket sales, 550 people got tickets to see Lin Manuel Miranda’s world-renowned creation. Most shows run for eight performances at the Kentucky Center. Hamilton is doing 24. Tickets for the show start at $65.
Representatives said tickets should be bought through the official site to avoid scams and overpriced tickets.
The show will take the stage in June. “Hamilton” representatives said more seats might be available closer to the performance. There will be a lottery for tickets, as well.
Check KentuckyCenter.org for tickets.