Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. In this piece, Tiff Fehr , an assistant interactive editor and senior software engineer at The Times, describes how she estimated the astronomical profits made by those scalping tickets for the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” For four months this year, I collected ticket prices for each day’s performance of “Hamilton.” I harbor mixed feelings about this time investment — not because I disliked the work, but because I have a longstanding aversion to musicals. As a child, my quasi-hippie parents fed me a wholesome media diet of public-library fare, heavy on features like “1776,” “Annie” and everything Debbie Reynolds. Other families skipped to the theater to see “Return of the Jedi”; we checked out “Oliver” again. So when a casual side project morphed into a full-fledged … [Read more...] about I Tracked and Tried to Outsmart ‘Hamilton’ Scalpers — With 341 Lines of Code
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The air outside the Orpheum Theatre was suffused with giddiness Wednesday evening as “Hamilton,” Broadway’s hottest blockbuster, landed in Minneapolis. The tour version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning juggernaut had its first sold-out performance of a six-week run. Minnesota theatergoers marched into the Orpheum with broad smiles, a few wearing period costumes. For many, the show folded into personal celebrations. “Oh, we can’t wait to see it,” said Shari Parsons of St. Louis Park, who was with her husband, Dick. They were seeing the show to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary. “We’ve been listening to the lyrics everywhere we drive, and we’re eager to see if we can keep up.” That was not a concern for Emily Harrison, 22, a die-hard fan of the musical and recent graduate of George Washington University. Her tickets were a graduation present, marking a success after failed attempts to … [Read more...] about ‘Hamilton’ lands in Minneapolis to euphoric fans, lucky ticket buyers
The producers behind the hit show “Hamilton” have found a way to outsmart ticket scalpers that might even impress the nation’s first Treasury secretary. They’re pushing the price of the most primo premium seats to a record $849. The previous highest price was $477 for the best seats at “The Book of Mormon.” “Hamilton” will easily shatter that mark in an attempt to cut scalpers out of the resale business. But lead producer Jeffrey Sellers has also opened access for people unable to spend the extra Hamiltons by increasing the number of last-minute $10 digital lottery seats from 21 to 46 people. “It’s not a token amount,” Sellers said Thursday. “Forty-six tickets a night is a lot of tickets. “On an annual basis, 19,000 people will receive an opportunity to see ‘Hamilton’ in the first two rows for $10.” The rollicking hip-hop musical about Alexander … [Read more...] about Top ‘Hamilton’ premium ticket pushed to record $849 ahead of Tony Awards
Greedy 'Hamilton' misses shot Piscataway, N.J.: How can the producers of “Hamilton” raise tickets so that the cheapest seat is $179 — before fees? And the top seat price, $849? Are you kidding? They said they did this to foil scalpers. Well guess what? Now they’re the scalper. Because of their greed, producers are slowly turning Broadway shows into something only for the 1%. My family of four would need to drop a minimum of $800 for one show? That won’t happen. This greed is going to drive people away. Believe me, Broadway shows need regular people like me coming back to survive. And please don't tell me about “Hamilton”’s increased “last minute lottery seats” for $10. Great for tourists, sure, but impossible for any regular theatre goer to use and plan. And with the new jacked-up prices, they’re making more money, even with the added cheap seats. This show makes $2 million a week. I guess that wasn’t … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on ‘Hamilton,’ Hillary and Dinkins
Cut mass murderers off the air Brooklyn: News outlets should stop displaying the faces of murderers. With their images broadcast everywhere, cold-blooded killers are getting the very fame that they desired and achieved by going on a killing spree. The face of the coward who took 49 innocent lives Sunday morning in the Orlando nightclub does not deserve to be seen on millions of Americans’ television screens. Broadcasting this animal to the public might, God forbid, inspire yet another Islamist extremist to act on his agenda, in turn gaining the widespread recognition that news networks are so quick to offer. Emanuel Mordechaev Leave the NYPD out of it Brooklyn: As a retired NYPD officer, I am appalled that the Daily News would publish pictures of this terrorist in NYPD apparel (“Savage roid rager,” June 13). The NYPD has done nothing but fight terror on the front lines and you put this P.O.S. with NYPD shirts in your paper to sell copies. The people of New … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on Orlando, ‘Hamilton’ and Access-A-Ride