The Broadway musical sensation Hamilton is coming to Chicago and the line out in front of the Private Bank Theater today in the Loop today proved it’s something people really, really, really really want. ABC7 reported today that at some point the line to get tickets was nearly 4 city blocks wrong on a sweaty hot summer day. Tickets went on sale Tuesday at 10am. If you don’t believe us, check out this on-site video from Youtuber Emir Yonzon.
As for the scene overall, people were camped out over night outside the theater off State Street. One person quoted in an article from the Sun Times arrived at 5am and was not able to purchse tickets until 2pm. Some theater fanatics drove in from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and far away suburbs to get in line to buy tickets to the Tony Award winning show that mixes history and hip hop.
And with this much demand, the resale price for Hamilton tickets is going to make people decide between getting a loan for college or getting a loan to go to see this musical. Several sources are reporting that some tickets are already being priced at $8,000 in online marketplaces. This enormous price tag hit the web just minutes after tickets went on sale this morning. And of course, social media was filled with people complaining about long wait times to purchase tickets online for the limited run beginning later this year.
At least another musical theater hot spot in town had a sense of humor about the Hamilton mania, Lyric Opera tweeted this delightful pic of their marquee.