- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

If you’re a New York City public high-school student, there’s a chance, just a chance, you can get into a matinee of “Hamilton” with just a $10 bill bearing the portrait of the nation’s first Treasury chief.

The rest of us, though, are probably out of luck scoring tickets without busting the bank, especially with prices going up yet again.

The Hollywood Reporter explained Thursday morning that the musical’s producers “are bumping up prices in an effort to wrestle back some of the revenue stream being lost to secondary-market sellers.”

For example, noted the Reporter, for “a new block of tickets that recently went on sale… the premium price for the most desirable rows of the orchestra section at the Richard Rodgers Theatre has risen steeply to $849, up from $475.”

“Standard ticket prices,” topping out just shy of $200 will also likely increase in price after producers release them for sale subsequent to Sunday’s Tony Awards show, “where Hamilton looks set to dominate,” according to the Reporter.

To soften the blow a bit, producers are “expanding the show’s lottery system, which up to now has offered 21 front-row seats per performance at just $10 each,” the entertainment magazine added. “Going forward, the lottery will cover 46 seats in the first two rows.”

That public lottery, entered daily by more than 10,000 would-be theater-goers, is still a shot in the dark, about a 0.05 percent chance of winning under the expanded lottery — about a 0.1 percent chance on days with two shows.

“The best option for a cheap ticket to Hamilton would appear to be enrolling in a New York public high school,” offered the magazine. “Via an initiative subsidized by the Rockefeller Foundation, 20,000 students per year are able to attend special matinees of the show for just $10.”

With roughly 241,000 high-school aged students in the city’s public schools — according to the New York City Department of Education — some 8.3 percent of them could take the opportunity to take in the musical one afternoon.

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