AUSTIN, Texas — The wait is finally over.
The only Broadway smash hit that combines the worlds of hip-hop and our founding father Alexander Hamilton, "Hamilton" is coming to Austin very soon.
From May 28 through June 16, you'll have the chance to see the musical in the flesh at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin. But first, you'll have to secure tickets -- which go on sale Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m.
So, here's the best way you can ensure you don't throw away your shot.
The number one place to buy your tickets will be online at TexasPerformingArts.org. A limited number of tickets will also be up for sale at the Texas Performing Arts Ticket office. However, the online route is highly suggested.
While Texas Performing Arts is the only official website selling single tickets for the show, any other website could be a broker or reseller selling tickets at a higher price. Texas Performing Arts cannot guarantee tickets purchased through those venues will be valid and cannot assist guests who purchase tickets through brokers if problems arise.
When April 12 rolls around, you will be able to enter the virtual waiting room on the Texas Performing Arts website. Once the clock strikes 10 a.m., everyone who is in the waiting room will be assigned a place in the queue at random. Everyone who enters the waiting room after 10 a.m. will be added to the end of the queue. If you are still in the queue once tickets become scarce or sell out, you will be notified by an on-screen message.
Before 10 a.m., you may want to double check that you have your Texas Performing Arts account information handy. If you don't already have your free account set up, it's suggested that you do so before April 12. This information will help you log in quickly before buying your tickets. You can get this set up by visiting the Texas Performing Arts website and selecting "My Account."
So what happens after you make it through the queue?
Once you get to the buying page, you'll only have eight minutes to complete your purchase. You will not be able to select specific seats on an interactive map, but you will be able to choose from seating areas and prices. You will only be able to purchase four tickets per household, and all sales will be final.
To protect your tickets, Texas Performing Arts advises against sharing information about your tickets online. Each ticket will have a one-of-a-kind barcode that, if shared around, could compromise it. And if you're purchasing the ticket as a gift, there will be an option for mobile ticketing that will allow you to easily transfer your ticket to your loved one.
The run time for this production of "Hamilton" is two hours and 45 minutes. It's appropriate for ages 10 and up due to strong language.
There will also be ASL interpreted performances on June 1 and June 15 at 2 p.m., and an Audio Described Performance on May 30 at 8 p.m.
Prices will range from $79 to $189 with a select number of $539 premium seats available for all performances. Additional fees may apply.
There will also be a lottery for 40 seats at $10 each for all performances. Details on that will be announced closer to the show.
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