How much it really costs to see 'Hamilton'
The national tour of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" will play at the Des Moines Civic Center as part of the Willis Broadway Series during the 2017-2018 season.
The announcement that the hit musical “Hamilton” is coming to Des Moines excited theater fans. But do you want to see “Hamilton” sooner? And how much does it really cost? A quick comparison:
“Hamilton” on Broadway is sold out until January 2017. Tickets on resale sites like Stub Hub are going for anywhere from $500 to more than $2,000 for any given show. You can score a hotel room within walking distance of the Richard Rodgers Theater for around $300 this summer. Roundtrip plane tickets from Des Moines vary depending on the date and the time of the flights. It’s not unusual to see tickets for around $400. Frugal travelers could cut costs by picking cheaper hotels (or AirBnb) or driving. The advantage of New York is getting to see the original cast on Broadway with lots of dates from which to choose.
Cheapest estimated cost: $2,400. Includes two show tickets, two roundtrip plane tickets and a hotel room for two nights.
Individual tickets are not on sale yet for “Hamilton” at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago. But season ticket holders have already started reselling tickets online with prices starting at $360. The cheaper route is to buy season tickets, which guarantees a “Hamilton” ticket. The theater is currently advertising tickets in the balcony on Tuesday/Wednesday starting at $132. A hotel room near the theater on a weekend when the show begins its run in September will cost around $300. The cost of a trip from Des Moines to Chicago is around $50, according to GasBuddy.com. The downside with picking a Chicago show would be having to wait until September.
Cheapest estimated cost: $614. Includes two season tickets, a hotel room for one night and gas.
The Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center says the best way to guarantee you'll be able to get your hands on tickets to “Hamilton” is to purchase tickets for the 2016-17 Willis Broadway Series and to renew the packages for the 2017-18 series. The Civic Center web site currently advertises season tickets for new buyers starting at $161 and running as high as $358. Single ticket prices have yet to be announced. The season ticket price depends on date of the week, time and location.
Cheapest estimated cost: $644. Includes two season tickets for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 series. (Four total.) Bonus: You’ll get to see a lot of other touring Broadway shows like “Fun Home” and “The Sound of Music.”