Safety Concerns Prompt Hamilton Lottery and Ham4Ham to Go Digital

News   Safety Concerns Prompt Hamilton Lottery and Ham4Ham to Go Digital
 
The daily discount-ticket lottery at the hit Broadway musical Hamilton is going digital, and the matinee-day Ham4Ham concerts on the steps of the Richard Rodgers Theatre are being temporarily suspended over safety concerns. However, creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that Ham4Ham will go digital until March as well.

Lines for the daily drawing have grown steadily longer since the show began performances last summer, and recently have stretched up 46th Street to Times Square and down Broadway.

Here is a panoramic view of what Lin-Manuel Miranda sees when he's doing Ham4Ham, facing toward 46th Street. The crowd overflows into the street.
Here is a panoramic view of what Lin-Manuel Miranda sees when he's doing Ham4Ham, facing toward 46th Street. The crowd overflows into the street. Photo by Howard Sherman

The Ham4Ham shows, initiated to entertain those waiting on the line on matinee days, have similarly attracted larger and larger crowds to the point where police have had to herd fans into fenced corrals on both sides of 46th Street, and traffic on the block gets reduced to a single lane. The outdoor Ham4Hams are being suspended until an unspecified date in the spring, but Miranda tweeted that the Ham4Ham presentations "will also go digital during this time: [I'll make] you some videos from inside the building!"

 

Miranda also promises better amplification for the Ham4Ham shows when they return in March:

 

Here is the official announcement from producer Jeffrey Seller: "The daily $10 lottery at the Broadway musical Hamilton will move online for the winter starting Tuesday, January 5. The live lottery and live Ham4Ham show will return in the spring." The digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct, will be at Hamiltonbroadway.com/lottery.

"The entry period will begin each day at 9:30 AM for that day’s performance(s) only. There is a limit of one entry per person, and each entrant can request up to two tickets. Entries for matinee performances will be accepted until 11 AM; the evening performance entry period ends at 4 PM. Winners will be notified via email shortly thereafter with a link to purchase the tickets. Winners will have a 60-minute window during which they must claim and pay for their tickets with a credit card online. Tickets not claimed in this manner will be sold to the cancellation line in person at the box office.

"There will still be 21 front row tickets available to lottery entrants, and they will remain $10 each. Winners must pick up their tickets at the Richard Rodgers Theatre box office with a valid photo ID that matches the name drawn. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges."

Seller added, “We love seeing so many fans show up to participate in the Ham4Ham lottery and show. But we need to figure out how to safely accommodate our fans without blocking traffic on West 46th Street. We’re taking this winter break to work out some safety measures and improvements that we’ll implement when we return to the live lottery in the spring." 

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