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Ham 4 Ham Los Angeles

August 16, 2017 started out as most days do here at the Hollywood Pantages with the exception of the line that began to form at 2am that morning. Even though the hour was early, they all came with hopeful smiles and the best collection of Hamilton gear this side of the Mississippi. What were they waiting for you ask? Later that day a lottery would be held for forty $10 tickets to the official opening night of Hamilton and the first and only performance of #Ham4Ham in Los Angeles.

Hamilton fans line up on Hollywood Blvd. to enter the #Ham4Ham lottery.

A family of Hamilton fans wait for their chance to enter the lottery.

Those that lined up early were treated to a special surprise by Lin-Manuel Miranda who stopped by to check out the line. The video below is courtesy of Sarah Dizon who told us that Lin ran across the street to say hello and to take some photos with excited fans.

 

 

Hamilton fans big and small came to Hollywood for the #Ham4Ham lottery

Fans sporting their “And Peggy” shirts.

Shortly before noon, lottery entry forms were passed out to those waiting in line. In about 30 minutes nearly 1,500 people had entered for their chance to win a $10 ticket to the show.

Fans excited to hear that the line would soon start moving.

 

Once their names had been entered, fans eagerly awaited the #Ham4Ham performance. The crowd spilled out onto a temporarily closed Hollywood Blvd. Fans cheered with excitement, sang lyrics from the show, and even gave one 11 year old boy a birthday he would never forget.

A reporter interviews a young boy after the entire crowd sings him Happy Birthday.

An excited fan takes a selfie while she waits for #Ham4Ham to begin.

Fans in the crowd sing “Rise Up” from the Hamilton cast recording

Then the moment they had all been waiting for had arrived. An energetic Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped onto the stage as the crowd cheered. Watch the entire #Ham4Ham performance below.

 

 

A lucky fan raises his hand to indicate that he wanted two tickets after finding out his name had been drawn for the lottery.

#Ham4Ham winners wait to cash in their Hamiltons for tickets to the performance that night.

Lottery winners beat the odds for $10 tickets to the show.

For more information about how you can enter the digital lottery for Hamilton in Los Angeles download the Official Hamilton App on your mobile device (HamiltonBroadway.com/app) or go online to Lucky Seats.

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