Hamilton Digital Lottery Returns
A month after Hamilton first attempted to take its infamous lottery digital, the production will finally move all operations online for the winter! The production found itself in a bind announcing the lottery would go digital only to announce less than 24 hours later it would return live as their website was beyond overwhelmed during the first hours on its first day. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Hamilton’s lottery will return to a digital format following a previous attempt to take the lottery digital which resulted in a massive website crash!
Hamilton’s lottery will return to a digital format today almost a month after the production first attempted to move the discounted ticket system online for the winter season as safety and performance improvements were made on site at The Richard Rodgers Theatre. However, with a server not large enough and over 50,000 people entering for a chance to see the production, that didn’t turn out too well. The website crashed within minutes of going live and left many trying to enter their name for many minutes or in some cases, hours. The image above to the right became a familiar sight that day. No winners were awarded January 4th and the lottery has since returned to a live drawing on site while the Ham4Ham Show has remained digital.
Luner on Theatre brought you the news that Hamilton announced the lottery and Ham4Ham show would “Take A Break” and go digital for the winter to allow for serious improvements to take place at The Richard Rodger’s Theatre where hundreds, if not thousands, have been arriving daily for a chance to enter their name and see Broadway’s hottest ticket for only $10. Despite the lottery returning to a live drawing for the past month as website woes were worked out, the Ham4Ham Show has remained digital allowing Lin-Manuel Miranda to take a new spin with several new forms of entertainment while also preserving himself and cast members in the brutal New York winter. While many fans have missed the live performances, the digital format of the show has delivered keeping many entertained. Lin has been able to film at any and all hours as well as in various locations upping the game of the usual performances outside on the steps. A new sound system has been installed outside the Rodgers, which I personally saw myself, and sounds fantastic allowing all to hear (Even those across the street) the announcements and performances that will resume live beginning in March when the weather is better.
Another concern, and the biggest one, that took Ham4Ham and the lottery digital was safety concerns. Hamilton has been a large draw since it arrived on Broadway over the summer but it’s popularity has only continued to rise as months have gone on. NYPD and the production are working to ensure all those entering the lottery can do so and remain safe as an active street, 46th street, lies just feet from where performances take place and thousands have gathered over the past months while entering to win tickets to the show. Some improvements have already been made which include on site police officers keeping traffic on 46th street moving while also protecting those just feet away. Improvements will continue to be made in the next month as the live lottery drawing goes digital allowing NYPD, the 46th street community and Hamilton to figure out the best solutions to keep all those entering safe while keeping a busy Manhattan street open to vehicles.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on Hamilton and any news about the production you need to know including lottery information and updates! We hope to brings you the exciting details of the lottery and Ham4Ham Show when it returns in March! Stay tuned for those updates and new improvements on site at The Richard Rodgers Theatre that will surely bring out even more fans hoping to see this Broadway blockbuster. 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!