Ever since Hamilton, ticket brokerage for Broadway has been at an all-time high. While the hip-hop musical about American’s Founding Father is still as hot a ticket as ever, new kid on the block Dear Evan Hansen is just as popular. Regularly selling at over 100 percent capacity at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre, the show broke a box office record for the week ending July 9 when it sold over $1.7 million in tickets—the highest gross for a Broadway theatre that seats under 1,000 people—and announced July 17 that it had recouped its entire investment in just nine and a half months on Broadway.
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Still, there are ways to get tickets to the 2017 Tony-winning Best Musical without breaking the bank (and without risk of fake tickets). Here's how:
1. BUY TICKETS THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE
If you’re willing to pay full price (or splurge), there are tickets available for purchase at the box office or online for upcoming performances. For online purchase, stick with official ticketing websites like Telecharge. (In fact, the official Dear Evan Hansen site hosts a disclaimer that purchasing tickets from other sources “runs a high risk of receiving fraudulent tickets.”)
Face value of tickets purchased at the box office are as follows: Standard tickets start at $119, Mid-Premium tickets start at $250, and Premium tickets start at $299.
2. ENTER THE LOTTERY
The most affordable way to snag a seat is through the Dear Evan Hansen digital lottery. Tickets are only $42, subject to availability. Participants can enter for a chance to win up to two tickets per performance. The lottery opens at 12:01AM ET on the day of the performance and the lottery closes at 9AM ET for 2PM matinee performances and at 2PM ET for evening performances. If you are lucky enough to win, you’ll pay for your tickets online and pick them up at the Music Theatre box office 30 minutes before curtain time. Seats can be located in the orchestra, mezzanine, or boxes of the theatre and may be partial view. Visit the official website DearEvanHansenLottery.com for information and to enter.
3. ENTER THE STANDING ROOM LOTTERY
Similar to the lottery for seats inside the Music Box, there is now a digital lottery for standing room “seats.” The standing room positions are located at the back of the orchestra section. Attendees will stand for the duration of the performance behind a wall 4 feet 4 inches tall—so keep that in mind. Tickets are limited to two per person per performance when available and are $42 per ticket.
4. STAND IN THE CANCELLATION LINE
Sometimes, people with Dear Evan Hansen tickets cannot make it to their scheduled performance. When ticketholders cancel, those tickets become available for purchase at the box office. There is a designated line outside the Music Box for hopeful ticket-buyers to wait. It is a first-come, first-serve system—and there is no guarantee that tickets will become available at all, or, if they do, how many. It’s a gamble, but could pay off. Tickets are sold at their original ticketed price.
5. SEE IT IN A CITY NEAR YOU
Does anybody have a map, because you’re going to want to chart this out. Dear Evan Hansen launched its North American tour in the fall of 2018, beginning in Denver, Colorado. To receive updates about the tour’s schedule and more sign up for the Dear Evan Hansen newsletter here.