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Hamilton on Broadway: everything you need to know about the musical

Get ready to enjoy the story of Alexander Hamilton and the birth of the United States as you've never seen it before... to the beat of rap!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

8 min read

Hamilton on Broadway: everything you need to know about the musical

Playbill of the Brodway Musical Hamilton | ©Joe Shlabotnik

Hamilton is the musical everyone's talking about! One of the best Broadway musicals on the bill that you can see during your trip to New York.

Winner of 11 Tony Awards, the musical Hamilton was nominated for a whopping 16 awards, which is more than any other Broadway production has ever achieved.

If you'd like to see the breakout show of the last decade, this post tells you how to get your tickets, how much they cost and more.

1. How to get tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway?

Stage of the Broadway Musical| ©Terren
Stage of the Broadway Musical| ©Terren

The musical Hamilton has become a real phenomenon in recent times. For this reason, I recommend you to buy tickets for Broadway online on websites like Hellotickets because in the billboard there are shows with a lot of demand like this one and the theaters are crowded.

If you want to get good tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway, from experience I advise you to buy them online as far in advance as possible. Doing it this way will bring you several advantages:

  • You will be assured of the best seats on the date you choose and at a better price than at the box office.

  • By booking online, you will be able to choose the seat you like the most in the theater.

  • You won't have to rush to the theater to stand in long lines at the box office and try to get tickets when you can use that valuable time to take a tour of New York City or visit the city's museums.

When to buy tickets online for the musical Hamilton on Broadway

Did you know that the American ticket market is dynamic? This means that prices go up as the date of the musical approaches and supply decreases (for example, as do flights) so if you wait to buy them on the day of the performance or a few days before you run the risk of tickets selling out or having very few available, at exorbitant prices and in sectors with less spectacular visibility.

In my opinion, buying tickets online in advance is the easiest, most convenient and fastest way to see Hamilton in New York.

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2. How much are tickets for Hamilton on Broadway?

Richard Rodgers Theatre entrance| ©David & Bonnie
Richard Rodgers Theatre entrance| ©David & Bonnie

Ticket prices to see the musical Hamilton are among the most expensive on Broadway with the average ticket costing approximately $300.

Keep in mind that on weekends and at certain times of the year such as summer in New York or Christmas in New York prices can go up because it is high season in New York and many people take advantage of their vacations to visit the Big Apple. All the more reason to get them online as far in advance as possible!

However, in Hellotickets there are always very good prices to see the musical Hamilton and if you follow my recommendations you will find tickets that fit your budget depending on the area of the theater you choose.

What is the best sector to see the musical Hamilton?

The theater where Hamilton is performed, the Richard Rodgers Theatre, is one of the largest on Broadway so, in general, any place is good to enjoy the show.

Normally, the most expensive tickets belong to the center of the theater in the Orchestra area (from this sector you will see the whole show perfectly) while the Front Mezzanine (with views closer to the stage) and Rear Mezzanine (with views further away from the stage) are the second and third rings respectively.

However, when buying tickets my advice is to try to find a balance between the budget you have and the type of tickets available at the theater.

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3. What to expect from the musical Hamilton?

President Obama with the Cast of Hamilton| ©Obama White House Archived
President Obama with the Cast of Hamilton| ©Obama White House Archived

Surely you know the names of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson (politicians of great importance in the history of the United States) but perhaps the name of Alexander Hamilton (another of the founding fathers of the country) sounds a little less familiar to you.

This musical tells the story of Hamilton, an orphan from the Caribbean who after a series of circumstances ends up coming to the United States and becoming a very important figure in both the War of Independence and the first government of the country.

All this to the rhythm of rap! Because in the libretto there is hardly any dialogue that does not occur through rhyming songs. It is quite a show, where you have fun and also learn about history.

Winner of 11 Tony Awards, Hamilton's musical is the biggest Broadway hit of the last decade and it has been said that it was what the new generations needed to get interested in musicals again. Do you want to discover it for yourself?

4. Why shouldn't you miss it?

Hamilton advertising on New York City buses| ©Verplanck
Hamilton advertising on New York City buses| ©Verplanck

Hamilton is an incredible experience that manages to immerse you in one of the most exciting episodes of American history in an unconventional way.

What is truly captivating about this musical is that the story is told in an innovative way and with a very original perspective that surprises the viewer: to the rhythm of rap, with hardly any dialogue and through a risky and interactive staging with amazing lighting and sound effects. You will want to start rapping along with the cast!

5. What level of English do I need to see Hamilton on Broadway?

Top View of the Broadway Musical Stage| ©Edward Blake
Top View of the Broadway Musical Stage| ©Edward Blake

Hamilton is one of the few Broadway musicals for which you will need to have a good grounding in English because the cast sings quite fast and uses a lot of puns, so if you don't have some fluency in the language, it can be easy to get lost at times.

However, on the Internet you can find the complete soundtrack and the lyrics of the songs, so if you do not master the English language, I advise you to take a look at it before attending the show so you can familiarize yourself with it and you can better get the spirit of the play.

6. What are the showtimes for Hamilton on Broadway?

Richard Rogers Theatre| ©Joe Shlabotnik
Richard Rogers Theatre| ©Joe Shlabotnik

Generally, the performance schedules for the musical Hamilton in New York are as follows:

  • Monday: closed.
  • Tuesday: 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 20 hours.
  • Saturday: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

However, the schedule of performances may change if they coincide with a holiday such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Eve, among other examples.

That is why when buying your tickets for the musical Hamilton, I recommend that you first take a look at the calendar of performances to check the functions that will be on the date you want to go.

How long does the musical Hamilton run?

This play has a duration of 2 hours and 40 minutes with an intermission.

7. Which theater is Hamilton on Broadway playing at and what is the address?

Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York| ©Robert Cutts
Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York| ©Robert Cutts

The musical Hamilton is performed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, located at 226 W 46th St, within walking distance of Times Square.

You can get there by taking a stroll through downtown New York (there are several nearby tourist attractions such as the Top of the Rock, Madame Tussauds Museum or Bryant Park) or using public transportation if you prefer.

You can take the subway (N, Q, R or W lines down 49th Street station) or the bus (M20 and M104 lines, which stop between 8th Avenue and West 46th Street).

Isabel's Traveler Tip

Make sure you get to the theater at least 30 minutes early because if you arrive late and the show has already started, you may not be allowed to enter the theater.

8. Can I see Hamilton on Broadway with children, and is it recommended for children?

Waiting to see the show| ©Todd Baker
Waiting to see the show| ©Todd Baker

Hamilton's musical is intended for an adult audience because there is dialogue that contains some "strong language".

However, the theater allows access to children 4 years and older who have their own ticket, although the show is really recommended for children 10 years and older who have a good level of English.

What is the dress code for this Broadway musical?

Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theater| ©Youtuber
Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theater| ©Youtuber

There is no specific dress code for attending a Broadway musical. It is customary to wear comfortable and appropriate clothing. Something like smart-casual etiquette since no one is usually overdressed as if it were the opera.

10. Should I have dinner before or after the show? Will the restaurants be open in the surrounding area?

Typical Shake Shack menu| ©Spring Happenings
Typical Shake Shack menu| ©Spring Happenings

This question depends on the session you go to and the tourist agenda you have prepared for the day of the performance. In any case, I recommend you to have a snack before going in, as Hamilton is a long performance and you will not enjoy it as much if your stomach is rumbling.

In the surroundings you will find plenty of options to eat something to eat since the theater is located near Times Square, a very central area of New York. Everything is always open there and it will be easy for you to find a place to kill your appetite. For example:

However, in the post Where to eat in New York you will find other options that are delicious.

11. Other similar musicals you might be interested in

Timon and Pumba in The Lion King Broadway show| ©Ask a Ticket
Timon and Pumba in The Lion King Broadway show| ©Ask a Ticket

Broadway is the mecca of New York theater! And once you experience its magic, you always want to come back.

If after seeing Hamilton you feel like spending another day at the theater, I recommend taking a look at other Broadway musicals that are currently playing and are a hit such as:

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