Hamilton Ham4Ham ticket lotter moves online, pauses shows for the winter | EW.com


Hamilton pauses Ham4Ham shows for the winter, moves ticket lottery online

(Joan Marcus)

Hamilton’s “Ham4Ham” program of free impromptu performances is going on hiatus.

Producers of the hottest show on Broadway announced Monday that Hamilton’s daily ticket lottery, which hopeful theatergoers could enter for a chance to win same-day $10 tickets, will go online for a few months. Previously, participants could only enter the lottery in person at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and while they were waiting, Hamilton’s stars (and the occasional special guest) would give a free, short performance. Past Ham4Ham shows range from Aladdin’s Lea Salonga stopping by to sing “A Whole New World” to Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam performing his own ode to Alexander Hamilton.

Over the past few weeks, the lottery’s popularity has swelled, and the street outside the theater looked something like this. Due to safety concerns (and cold weather), participants can now enter the lottery online, starting Tuesday, for a chance to win $10 same-day front-row tickets. Winners will be notified via email, and they then have an hour to claim and pay for their tickets.

“Like Washington’s soldiers, we’re taking a winter break,” the show’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, wrote on Twitter. “The $10 lotto will be online til then.”

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Miranda added that Ham4Ham performances will continue, but they’ll be posted exclusively online, instead of in person. He also promised that the performances will pick back up in the spring with an improved safety plan and a new audio system.