While Hamilton tickets certainly aren't cheap by any means, the exciting news for Broadway superfans is that tickets are the cheapest they've been all year by a long shot, and prices are continuing to drop quickly.
The legendary Barbra Streisand announced earlier this month that she'll be hitting the road for a string of North American tour dates, marking the first time since 2012 that the 74-year-old singer will tour extensively. Ms. Streisand's upcoming tour will begin on August 2 at the Staples Center in LA. and tickets are going through the roof.
Unless you've been living under a rock this year, you're probably well aware that "Hamilton" has quickly become Broadway's biggest sensation since it opened last August. In the whirlwind, a handful of other shows, including the Sara Bareilles-scored "Waitress," have been turning heads this spring with big resale ticket prices and continued demand.
2016 continues to be a huge year for Broadway musicals in the news. On April 3, Kinky Boots became the longest-running show to ever play the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 302 West 45th Street, as announced by producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig via Playbill last week.
In the world of Broadway musicals, it doesn't get much bigger than Hamilton, Wicked or The Book of Mormon. Although all three productions have risen to huge popularity in different time periods, each has impacted the Great White Way significantly, pushing both Broadway lovers and first-time attendees to the theaters to catch a glimpse of the ever-growing hype. Ticket aggregator TiqIQ has broken down each massive production, with an overview of current resale ticket prices.
After a rapid climb to the top and a surge of popularity following a major Grammy win on February 15, Hamilton has been dethroned by The Lion King for the top spot for gross ticket sales on Broadway. Wicked, Aladdin, and The Book of Mormon hold the respective number 3, 4, and 5 positions
Although popularized Grammy winners typically come in the form of major music artists like Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé or Adele, every so often a Broadway musical releases a cast album with so much recognition that it pushes the entire production to center stage.
The Tony Awards are an obvious help in providing interest to new Broadway shows. Actually, the awards themselves can be a big deal for both the show and the fans as it is a constant topic of conversation throughout the year. And in that conversation is, undoubtedly, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his smash Hamilton.
With hits like Book of Mormon, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Jersey Boys, Broadway is once again taking the country and the world by storm with popular touring productions. Many theatergoers around the country opt to see the touring productions because tickets are generally cheaper on the road than on Broadway, especially in terms of resale prices. The secondary ticket market is seeing price increases for a number of touring productions, just not to the extent of many of their Broadway counterparts, according to data provided by TiqIQ.
Based on the much beloved 1994 Disney film, The Lion King musical has been wowing audiences on Broadway at the Minksoff Theatre for 17 years. And yes, here in 2015, it is still generating record ticket numbers at the box office. In 2014, the show became the most-watched musical of all time. Present estimates suggest some 75 million people across the globe have had the chance to witness this mind-blowing production on tour.
One of the most anticipated Broadway cast albums of the year, Hamilton, will be released in September. It features the original cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonathan Groff. The album was produced by The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter.