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#HamilTipsLA

We want you to be in the room where it happens! Check out our tips for getting your Hamilton tickets on Sunday, April 30th at 10am.

  • There are 3 ways to buy Hamilton tickets on Sunday, April 30 at 10am: online, at box office, or call Ticketmaster.
  • Regular prices for HAMILTON are $85, $95, $125, $175, $195 & $650.
  • Holiday dates for HAMILTON are Nov 24 -26 & Dec 22 – 30.  Prices are $95, $125, $175, $195, $225 & $750.
  • Try searching for dates after October 1 for best availability.
  • For list of all performance dates, check our website.
  • Have several dates in mind in the event that your first choice is unavailable
  • Need assistance with ASL, Open Caption, Audio Description, and accessibility seating? visit our website.
  • Buying ONLINE?  Download the TM App & create Ticketmaster account ahead of time.
  • To see all ticket prices DE-SELECT BEST AVAILABILITY on Ticketmaster.com. This function only displays highest priced tickets.
  • Once tickets are selected, DON’T REFRESH YOUR BROWSER or you’ll lose your place in line.  Wait times could be over an hour.
  • Use only one browser or tab when searching for tickets. Using multiple browsers can make you look like ticket bot!
  • Plan to call for your Hamilton tickets? The ONLY number is Ticketmaster 800-982-2787.  You MUST have your date ready for the automated system.
  • Coming to the Box Office?  Line on Sunday, April 30 begins no earlier than 6am at the stage door on Argyle Ave.
  • A Photo ID is required for all Box Office purchases – including cash or credit card.
  • Plan your parking!  Click Here.
  • Go Metro!  Check Sunday Schedule.
  • IN LINE at Pantages for your Hamilton Tickets?  Be in 2 lines at once!  Download the TM App on your phone.
  • Buying at the box office? Celebrate with one of our Restaurant Partners.
  • Make a day of it! Explore Hollywood
  • Don’t forget to check out the Hollywood Farmers’ Market

We’re Not Gonna Pay!

Last week we announced that there will be a lottery for the Rent 20th Anniversary tour at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre January 24 – 29. The lottery has become an important part of the theatre going experience for the last 20 years. Would you believe that the tradition started with Rent?

Patrons anxiously await for their name is called for the Wicked lottery outside of the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

On April 29, 1996 Rent opened on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre in NYC. It quickly became the show everyone had to see. As tickets became more expensive and scarce, many complained that they simply could not afford to attend the show.

Lottery hopefuls fill the box office lobby as names are called out.

The show’s producers offered 34 seats in the front two rows of the orchestra for $20 each on a first come first serve basis on the day of the performance. Jumping at the opportunity for discounted tickets, people began to form lines at the break of dawn. Suddenly, a new model was born.

Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham) from the cast of The Book of Mormon calls out the names of the lottery winners

On September 7, 2008, over 10 years after the first lottery names were called, Rent on Broadway held it’s final lottery. The video below shows the events of that day. Do not stand in between a Renthead and their tickets!

 

Today, many are still taking advantage of the opportunity to wait in line for inexpensive tickets. The phenomenon not only occurs on Broadway but in touring houses all over the United States. Tickets for the upcoming engagement of the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour are selling quickly. For details about the lottery CLICK HERE

 

Don’t Be Jimmy

With a line up that includes, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, White Christmas, The King and I, Rent, Motown, Circus 1903, Finding Neverland, American in Paris, The Bodyguard, The Book of Mormon, and Hamilton, the Hollywood Pantages 2016-2017 season is one for the record books. While the crew here at the theatre is jumping up and down with excitement, we are also very worried. There are a lot of websites popping up claiming to have tickets to shows that have yet to go on sale. We always want to make sure that everyone that buys a ticket to one of our shows gets to walk through the doors hassle free and be a part of Hollywood History. PLEASE read the information below and watch the video. Share with friends so that no one has to experience the pain of fraudulent tickets.

There are many ticket re-sellers and secondary markets for tickets. For the best seats and to eliminate the risk of fraud, get tickets through the Hollywood Pantages Box Office, HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster. Purchasing tickets from any other seller runs a high risk of receiving fraudulent tickets.

 

 

I Auditioned for HAMILTON

Step One: Admit You Have A Problem

Greetings! I am Michael, Office Manager at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. If you are a theatre nerd like me, you probably have the new musical, “Hamilton”, on repeat in your car. I was fortunate enough to see the show on Broadway a few months ago and it completely moved me. I am still recovering to this day. Baby steps.

A few weeks ago it had been announced that the casting team behind “Hamilton” would be hosting an open call in Los Angeles. I was not going to throw away my shot! Yes, that show reference just happened. Sorry, not sorry.

Saturday, April 16th. The day was finally here! I had my sheet music, headshot and resume ready to go! I met up with my friend Nina and we carpooled to save ourselves the crazy parking hassle. We arrived at the Hollywood United Methodist Church, right in the heart of Hollywood, at 8:30am (Sign In began at 10 a.m.), thinking we were a little “early”. Little did I know, auditioners had arrived as early as 6:30 and I was given #250. The first 2 hours were spent waiting outside in line. Note to self: bring an umbrella to the next open call. From there we were brought into the church’s gym where we signed in and received an audition form. By the time I had reached the front of the line, the chairs/space in the gym had already filled up. I saw an open door leading outside and I decided to take a walk. I found a beautiful rose garden and most importantly: SHADE! I decided to make that my home for the remainder of the audition day.

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The halls were alive with the sound of music! See? Theatre nerd, I warned you. Numerous auditioners were spread out throughout the area doing vocal warm-ups or rehearsing their audition pieces “one last time”. Another HAM reference…I’m a monster that cannot be stopped! Due to the large turnout, we were instructed to do away with our sheet music and go a Capella and the 16-32 bar requirement for our audition song was lowered to 8 bars. I decided to change my song completely and I went with “A House Is Not A Home” by Luther Vandross because I felt I could show/give more in 8 bars with that song, rather than my first song choice. By 12 p.m., they had 600 auditioners and the line had to be cut off. After about an hour, the casting team started lining up the first 50 people and they were put in numerical order and it went on as the day went by. In the waiting process I met many people from various backgrounds and it was great to see this wonderful show bring people together. I met a girl in line from Upstate New York who had just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She heard about the auditions and immediately cleared her schedule for the weekend. Another person I met was from New York as well, here on vacation. His friend is in the Ensemble of the Broadway cast and filled him in on the audition notice and encouraged him to audition.

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The audition team had the process down to a science and I was truly impressed. Instead of a Broadway audition it felt like an audition for “The Voice” or “American Idol” where you are lined up and then sent to different tables of casting directors. It was about 2:30 p.m. when my group of numbers got called. THIS IS IT! We were lined up, walked to our audition space and then waited outside the room, where we were instructed to go in one by one. I walked in to the cold, quiet audition room also known as The Grant Hall. I walked in to see a casting director, sitting at a table by himself. I walked in, was asked to introduce myself and tell him what I was singing. I got about 30 seconds to sing my song and that was that. If they were considering you for a callback, you were asked to step into another room to sing another song selection or a musical theatre piece and from there they would decide whether or not to call you back the next day.

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In the end, I left without a callback but gained a wonderful experience. I got to audition for THE hottest show in the world and be in a room filled with bright, future stars of tomorrow. Everyone I met was so excited to be there and it was great to see a show like this EXCITE so many people.

As an actor, you will hear a lot of no’s, but it’s up to YOU to pick yourself up and start again.

The next chapter begins…now.

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Michael currently works as the Office Manager for the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. He was bitten by the theatre bug at the age of 4, when his grandmother encouraged him to audition for his first musical. Michael not only loves to perform, but he loves watching live theatre whenever he gets the chance and is a huge advocate for Arts education in our schools. When not at work or performing, Michael serves as Vice President for the Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse, a Board Member for the California State Thespian Society and an adjudicator for Pantages’ very own Jerry Herman Awards. Michael has performed all around Southern California in shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown, Grease and West Side Story…to name a few. Theatre is a huge part of his life, so he thanks you for your patronage and for helping to keep the theatre community alive and thriving!

Introducing The 2016-17 Season

You’ve heard the big announcement! The 2016-17 Hollywood Pantages Season has officially been revealed. Now that you know our big secret let’s talk about these 7 amazing shows. You know the shows but did you know these interesting facts?

Hedwig And The Angry Inch 

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  • The Original premiered off off Broadway at Westbeth and then ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998.
  • Los Angeles audiences may remember that Hedwig played at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood (down the street from the Hollywood Pantages) back in 1999. The show starred Michael Cerveris as Hedwig.
  • Major musical and artistic influences for both the character and the show include Culture Club, David Bowie, Boy George, Elton John, etc.
  • The nature of the production will involve audience interaction for the lucky folks who are seated close to the stage.

The King And I

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  • The original The King and I ran on Broadway from March 29, 1951 through March 20, 1954.
  • There have been 4 Broadway revivals of The King and I.
  • The King and I was nominated for 9 Tony Awards in 2015.
  • Choreography is based off of Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway choreography (“Small House of Uncle Thomas” is a perfect moment by moment recreation of the original staging)
  • Yule Brenner Played the King at the Hollywood Pantages on 1984 tour.

Finding Neverland

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  • The Oscar-winning motion picture of the same name premiered in 2004, and starred Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet & Dustin Hoffman.
  • The story of Peter Pan in general, has a rich history of being retold in different media. Movies and stage productions about the Pan legend continue to be released today
  • Nominated for two Drama Desk Awards and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL!

An American In Paris

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  • The idea for An American in Paris,the film came to producer Arthur Freed when he attended a concert of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Freed liked the title and from that he built a musical with Gershwin tunes after months of negotiations with Ira Gershwin, estate trustees, and two different music publishers.
  • As further developed by the artistic triumvirate of choreographer and star Gene Kelly, director Vincente Minelli and screenwriter Alan J. Lerner, An American in Parisbecame one of the most famous film musicals in the history of Hollywood and went on to win six Academy Awards in 1951.
  • Gene Kelly’s widow Patricia has a personal relationship with our theatre. She often attends Hollywood Pantages premieres!

The Bodyguard

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  • Final scene of the motion picture was filmed at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre – Oscars Scene
  • Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron.
  • The stage production takes all of the music from the motion picture (“I Will Always Love You” / “Queen of the Night”) as well as additional music from the Whitney Houston catalog.

The Book Of Mormon

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  • The Book of Mormon opened on February 24, 2011, has had over 2,000 performances and is still running on Broadway.
  • The show took nearly 7 years to develop. Trey Parker & Matt Stone met Robert Lopez after seeing a performance of Robert’s other Tony-winning musical: Avenue Q.
  • Nominated for 16 Tony Awards in 2011 and walked away with 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Female Featured (Nikki M. James) Best Direction, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design.
  • Robert Lopez is an EGOT. (He has won Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony) He is the youngest ever!

Hamilton

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  • Lottery participation in NYC has numbered into the thousands for each performance.
  • The President of the United States has seen this production three times.
  • Questlove (of the band “The Roots” – The Tonight Show) is a co-producer of the HAMILTON Cast Album
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda was working on this show as far back as 2010, when he was appearing on stage in In The Heights at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. (A member of our staff remembers seeing a copy of the biography in his dressing room.)
  • This production draws multiple parallels to Americans of today, with the Americans in the late 1700s.

For more about these great shows visit: www.hollywoodpantages.com