The first thing you should know about Hamilton at the Paramount Theatre, which is running now through March 18, is that you can still get tickets. Whatever anyone else tells you, seats are available. "There are some tickets being released every day on stgpresents .org and at the box office," publicist Julie Furlong confirmed.
"There is also the lottery, of course," she added.
She was referring to the 40 orchestra tickets that will be sold for each performance for $10 apiece. The lotteries for the New York production became a social-media bonanza, especially because cast members would come out and sing parts of the show to the eager hopefuls crowding the sidewalk every day. In Seattle, the lottery is digital, so you'll have to sing the songs yourself. Each lottery begins two days prior to the performance. Go to hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register or download the app.
If you get in, you can consider yourself one of the luckiest people on the planet. As comedian John Oliver said about the New York production: "It is easier for a meerkat to get into Harvard Law School than it is to get into that show... That show is amazing... It's so fucking good. It's so good."
By the way, if you do get tickets, don't Instagram them—unless you cover the bar code. "There are some people out there trolling for pics of tickets so that they can duplicate the bar code and sell these fraudulent tickets," Furlong warned.
I haven't seen the live show yet, although I did watch part of a bootleg version on YouTube before it got taken down, and I've been jogging to the original cast recording for approximately three years straight (good steady beat, ideal for exercise). I have also strained social relationships by pushing the album on people.
One friend who has a degree in dance still hadn't gotten around to listening to it when I invited her to be my date to the Seattle production. She blamed the hype. "You know when your mom wants to see something that you want to see, that it's probably not cool anymore," she said. But then she started listening to it.
"I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I'm liking it," she admitted. "King George's songs are hilarious and compelling. And the Schuyler sisters sound like early Destiny's Child."
"I just like King George," said another friend I forced the soundtrack on. "He's my favorite character. It's really funny to have a nation personified as a lover."
And then this friend mentioned another song, "The Room Where It Happens," one of my favorites—a song about power-hungry people angling to be at the negotiating table, and a song that explains how our nation's capital came to be located in Washington, DC, instead of New York. "I like that there's a musical in the world with a number about that human emotion—about policy power arising from social power."