Ham4Ham Will “Take A Break” for Winter
Hamilton is taking its own advice; “Take A Break”. The Broadway show known for its legendary lottery show not even a year old has decided to revamp itself as the coldest months on Broadway, both literally and box office wise, set in before preparing for the onslaught of spring 2016. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Hamilton’s beloved Ham4Ham Lottery Show will officially go digital until further notice as safety and performance improvements are made as the seasons change!
Producers of the hit musical Hamilton announced today its shows lottery would go digital for the Winter Season. The reason for the lottery going digital not only relates to the cold weather New York experiences each winter but to give the production time to update and improve its lottery show process. Ham4Ham, the beloved lottery show of Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton, has been drawing large audiences since the show premiered on Broadway this past summer. What exactly is Ham4Ham? For those of you who don’t breathe air or read pop culture news, Hamilton has offered free, unique and one of a kind performances on most double show days for audiences as they enter and wait to see if they are lucky enough to win a ticket to one of the top-selling shows on Broadway currently.
However, as the shows popularity has increased over the past several months, so have the audiences and those entering the lottery hoping to win a ticket at a near fraction of the price others are paying. Lines in recent months have extended down the block and even recently gone from just go down the block to entering Times Square and even reaching onto other Theatre District streets and avenues. The large crowds often spill into the streets snarling traffic, creating even more congestion and slightly putting those waiting for tickets at risk as cars, emergency vehicles and thousands of other tourists pass by. The production has decided to allow the winter season as a time to revamp. The show will return with new safety improvements for controlling the crowd and even better audio for all those attending to hear the artists performing. Miranda himself tweeted out to fans explaining the decision.
Producer Jeffrey Seller‘s official announcement regarding the decision reads;
“The daily $10 lottery at the Broadway musical Hamilton will move online for the winter starting Tuesday, January 5. The live lottery and live Ham4Ham show will return in the spring.”
Seller did not hesitate to add his appreciation for all those at Ham4Ham over the past months saying;
“We love seeing so many fans show up to participate in the Ham4Ham lottery and show. But we need to figure out how to safely accommodate our fans without blocking traffic on West 46th Street. We’re taking this winter break to work out some safety measures and improvements that we’ll implement when we return to the live lottery in the spring.”
Miranda himself also took a moment to express his gratitude to those who have kept the community safe over the past several months as the show has grown in size.
The move to make the Hamilton lottery digital for the Winter while improving safety and performance quality is a fantastic move by the production. The winter season can be particularly harsh to Broadway with less audiences, although Hamilton will remained packed nonetheless, due to the extremely cold weather outside. The move not only keeps audiences warm but performers as well who appear at the show. It will most definitely keep the health of Hamilton’s actors and countless others in good condition through the cold. The safety improvements are definitely needed as traffic is a hazard and the crowd is consuming 46th street in the current condition. Obviously, everyone entering and waiting to hear their name should be safe as well as drivers being able to continue their commute safely without audiences blocking it. And last, the audio improvements to the show will be loved by all! It has become harder to hear the show with larger audience and many cheering so a sound system for all to hear will be an improvement everyone can get behind. I’m glad the show not only recognized how it has grown but is taking steps to improve the Ham4Ham experience itself as well.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on the Hamilton Lottery as it moves inside for the Winter and plans improvements heading into a Spring 2016 return. For more information, visit Hamilton’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!