The Kimmel Center is warning fans of Hamilton, the Broadway smash-hit musical coming to the Forrest Theatre starting Aug. 27, to be wary of online sellers claiming to have tickets.
No physical tickets exist yet — not even through the Kimmel Center itself — although you can find seats listed for sale on after-market sites for $600 and even $1,200.
On Nov. 20, the Kimmel put out a consumer warning on its Facebook page. “Attention, Philadelphia! Tickets for Hamilton are not yet on sale," it said, adding that “there are many sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets.”
The Kimmel offered two season-ticket packages last summer that gave buyers eligibility for Hamilton tickets. So far, those are the only pathways to see the national tour at the Forrest. “Single tickets are just not on sale,” said Leslie Tyler, director of media relations for the Kimmel Center.
The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series has not even announced a date when individual Hamilton tickets will be offered for sale. “We are currently working with the producers to come up with an on-sale timeline," said Crystal Brewe, vice president of sales and marketing at the Kimmel.
The Facebook advisory directed interested playgoers who want “to be among the first to receive official information” to join the KimmelCenter.org email list.
Ticket prices for the Philadelphia run of the national traveling show, which will play through Nov. 17, have not yet been announced.
When the touring production played at the Kennedy Center in Washington over the summer, face-value tickets were priced at $99, $149, $179, $199, and $625. Face-value tickets for a run in Pittsburgh in January have been offered at $81 to $490 and are almost entirely sold out.
On Broadway, where Hamilton sells out regularly, the face-value price for regular tickets is $200 to $600, according to the authorized vendor, TicketMaster, with premium seats selling for $1,000-plus.
For shows between now and July with tickets that are currently on sale, the Kimmel Center is throwing a Fee Free Cyber Monday Flash Sale. Hamilton, needless to say, is not among them.
In other theater news this week: A Play, a Pie, and a Pint returns ...
OK, so the folks at Tiny Dynamite do this play series called A Play, A Pie, and a Pint. They want to get you sitting at a table with your friends at a pub or cafe, stuffing yourself with pizza and swilling beer while watching plays.
Artistic director Kathryn MacMillan says PPP’s next show – and can you love this title enough? – is the world premiere of The Audience Disturbs Marcel’s Bath Time and He Is Very Upset with You All (Dec. 5-16 at Headhouse Cafe).
It stars the ubiquitous Charlie DelMarcelle as Marcel and Tiny Dynamite thespian Meghan Winch as his wife.
What is MacMillan looking for in a PPP play?
First, brevity. Next, sociability. “My mandate for PPP felt very clear,” MacMillan says. “What is a play I want to eat a slice of pizza and drink a beer with?”
Marcel meets all the PPP criteria: it’s is a short-form play, a little experimental, comic – and most of all interactive. “This play is almost like a skeleton on which you can hang a lot of audience interaction.” she says, adding that the talented DelMarcelle is especially good at “creating new, fresh ideas right in the moment.”
... and get ready for ‘Bridges of Madison County,’ the musical
After a year of “gray-out,” in which no on-site-produced shows played at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, PTC opened this season with an impressive local-all-star production of Sweat.
What will they do for an encore? An ambitious musical, The Bridges of Madison County (Feb. 8-March 3).
Set during the 1965 Iowa State Fair, Bridges is a romance involving loyalty and desire. It has been a smash-hit 1992 novel by Robert James Waller, a 1995 film with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, and this 2014 musical, with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
Price – and respect to her; she’s truly going for it – has put together her cast with an accent on local talent.
Sarah Gliko (last seen at the Wilma in Mr. Burns – A Post-Electric Play) will play Francesca. Williamsport, Pa., native Gregg Goodbrod (Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway and plenty of regional credits) will be Robert. Barrymore Award-winner Michael Philip O’Brien plays Bud, Francesca’s husband. The multitalented Rachel Camp plays Robert’s ex-wife, Marian.
Temple grad Kevin John Murray plays Francesca’s son Michael. Georgiana Summer, a junior at the University of the Arts, is daughter Carolyn.
Bucks County resident and Broadway vet Barbara McCulloh (Peter Pan) plays nosy neighbor Marge, and Greg Wood (a Barrymore winner last seen in the Arden Theatre’s Once), is Marge’s husband, Charlie.
For director, Price has tapped longtime colleague Mark Martino, now based in New York, whom she’s known since their days at Theatre Aspen.