You called and called. And called.
But, alas, no dice.
While thousands were able to get through to Playhouse Square’s box office and snag tickets for the highly anticipated Cleveland run of “Hamilton” — July 17 through Aug. 26 at the KeyBank State Theatre — you were left frustratingly holding the phone on April 13 when tickets went on sale and then quickly scarfed up.
As you probably know, “Hamilton” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s largely hip-hop-fueled, critic- and audience-adored, myriad-award-winning musical based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Sure, you can take out a second mortgage and buy tickets on the secondary market — spending only a few seconds on StubHub reveals some folks looking for more than $2,000 for their primo seats — or you can spend 10 bucks on a seat.
Sounds good, right? Well, understand that you’re going to need a lot of luck.
Playhouse Square and a producer of the show, Jeffrey Seller, have announced a digital lottery for tickets. According to a Playhouse Square news release, 37 orchestra tickets will be made available for every performance for $10 each.
Here are a bunch of details straight from the release:
— Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).
— You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.
— The lottery will open at 11 a.m. two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9 a.m. the day prior to the performance.
— Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11 a.m. the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
— No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
— Each winning entrant may purchase up to two tickets.
— Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
— Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 p.m. the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4 p.m. the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
— Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning two hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.
But wait! There’s more … rules. There are more rules:
Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.
Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.
Good luck to all of you. (I know, I know — after your first experience trying to get tickets, you’re not feeling very lucky, but have faith!)
After speaking with Joe Garry, who hosts Playhouse Square’s “Broadway Buzz” pre-show talks, I’m super-excited to see this show.
Mark Meszoros wasn’t sure Playhouse Square would be showing “Hamilton” to reviewers and was thus thrilled when the invite to press night arrived in his inbox. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.