By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — If you want to see the Broadway smash play “Hamilton” in Chicago you had better be prepared to pay with some “Benjamins” or get very lucky.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 21 via Ticketmaster, BroadwayInChicago.com, by phone at 800-775-2000 and in person at The PrivateBank Theatre box office, 18 W. Monroe.
There is a maximum limit of 6 tickets per household. Prices will range from $65 to $180. There also will be a daily lottery of 44 tickets for $10 each in the first two rows and boxes of the theater.
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said Chicago will be the first engagement for the play outside of New York. Performances begin on Sept. 26.
“Chitown, the birthplace of Kanye West, Common Sense, Chance The Rapper, some of the best hip-hop in the world … we are coming to see you first,” Mirada said in a post on YouTube.
“Hamilton’s ghost insisted we open at the Private Bank Theatre.”
“Hamilton”–nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards–is the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, based on Ron Chernow’s biography.
“Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now,” according to Broadway In Chicago.
Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones reports, premium tickets will sell for $500-$600.
Tickets on the second hand market in New York are selling for $1,000 or more.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has warned consumers to be wary of sites that are already offering tickets that have not yet gone on sale.