There’s a Hamilton ticket lottery
Although no official announcement has been made, Hamilton ‘s San Francisco run is likely sold out. Never fear, tickets can still be acquired! For every single performance of Hamilton in San Francisco, there will be a “day of show lottery” wherein 44 lucky people will win tickets for the price of just $10 apiece. (Quite appropriate, since Alexander Hamilton appears on the $10 bill).
The Orpheum Theater’s parent company SHN SF has not yet announced details of the day-of-show lotteries, but they have confirmed on Twitter that there will be a daily lottery for orchestra seats for all performances with details to be announced. That means you’ll want to follow SHN SF on Twitter and Facebook to get these details when they’re made available, or at least check those social media pages pretty darned regularly for updates.
If the ticket lotteries are anything like the madhouse scenes at Hamilton’s Broadway run, you should not expect lottery tickets to be an easy acquisition. Every SHN SF production has different lottery ticket procedures, and we can’t be sure what these procedures will be for Hamilton.
But if we use the Orpheum Theater’s humongously sold out 2013 Book of Mormon production as an example, lottery participants were required to show up two and a half hours before curtain time. Participants could request one or two tickets. Winners were drawn at random, two hours before the performance, and then required to pay cash for however many tickets they’d requested.
So if you went for Hamilton rush tickets with a date, it’s possible you could both get in for $20 cash. It’s far more likely that neither of you would end up getting in, but there’s a chance. And it’s a low-risk, high-reward chance that may merit trying more than once.