Over the last year, Broadway's hit sensation Hamilton has redefined the ticketing experience for The Great White Way, conjuring endless sold-out performances and forcing resale prices to never-before-seen numbers. Hamilton has rapidly become the most expensive Broadway production that the secondary market has ever seen, and with resale averages hitting and going beyond the $4,000-mark, the popularity has made it virtually impossible for the average attendee to step foot in the door.
The larger-than-life fandom has been more than just an annoyance for those vying for affordable tickets, but luckily, Hamilton ticket prices are finally on the decline, with resale averages clocking in at $1,408. For most shows scheduled in the next few months, the cheapest ticket available starts in the $300-$500 range. While these numbers aren't cheap by any means, they reflect a massive decline from the impossibly-priced tickets that the production has seen this summer.
As recently as June, resale tickets to see Hamilton averaged $2,488, and in July, tickets reached out-of-this-world prices when news broke that the show's creator and star, Lin Manuel Miranda, would be departing from the cast. His final performance on July 9 averaged a whopping $4,306, and the cheapest ticket was priced at over $2,000, according to data provided by ticket aggregator TiqIQ. Although it was expected that the insanely expensive resale tickets would dip eventually, the expediency of the decline came faster than imagined, which further demonstrates the massive mark that Miranda made on fans of the production. And while resale numbers hardly compare to the price of a primary ticket (which starts at $139), they're certainly the most affordable they've been in all of 2016.
Of course, the cheaper price tag comes with the caveat that all future shows will exclude Lin Manuel Miranda from the Playbill, as well as popular cast members like Daveed Diggs, Phillipa Soo, and the Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., who also departed in July. Regardless, their replacements are nothing to scoff at -- Javier Muñoz has already replaced Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the 40-year-old actor commands a huge following.
While tickets are still within reach, Hamilton fans are encouraged to strike while the iron is hot, as tickets may be on the rise again this fall. On October 21, PBS will air a 90-minute documentary called Hamilton's America, which chronicles the making of the production and features footage dating back to 2013. Huge names like President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Stephen Sondheim are also featured in the film, which is likely to push viewers out to the theater come this fall.