APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - It's the hottest ticket in town. Fans lined up outside the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Wednesday morning for tickets to Broadway smash "Hamilton."
Excited fans of the musical 'Hamilton" wait in line to buy tickets at the Fox Cities P.A.C. on the morning of August 14, 2019, (WBAY photo)
"Hamilton" makes its Wisconsin premiere at the Fox Cities PAC October 1-20, 2019.
Action 2 News was outside the PAC Wednesday morning where people started lining up at about 6 a.m. In-person tickets went on sale at 8 a.m.
For theater fans like Susan Marjenka, the day had finally arrived. "I've been waiting for Hamilton to come to someplace close by since it opened on Broadway, so I've been waiting a long time," she told us, "and I've got friends who are going to be seeing it with me, and we're all excited. We've been waiting."
The line for tickets started growing well before the sun rose -- a sign this could be the most sought after performance in PAC history.
"Hamilton is one of those, not just phenomenon in the theater world but it's a cultural phenomenon," PAC Director of Marketing Trisha Witt said, "so such an exciting thing, and we've got the Wisconsin premiere of it coming here in October, so to have all these people joining us here so early because they're so excited to get tickets is just so amazing."
Fans buying tickets online at Ticketmaster.com had to wait two hours longer.
There are no sales over the phone until Friday, August 16. That all depends on if there are tickets remaining for sale.
Tickets are $85 to $199, plus fees.
Sales are limited to 8 tickets per household.
Tickets will be sold on a first-come/first-serve basis, so the PAC recommends having a couple backup dates and times in mind.
The Fox Cities PAC is also warning people who want to see the show to beware of bogus ticket sellers and unsanctioned events with such a popular show.
CLICK HERE for the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center's "Hamilton" frequently asked questions.
The musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton in rap, hip-hop and R&B. It premiered on Broadway in 2015 and became the hottest ticket in New York City. It won 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.
Fans walking away from the box office Wednesday morning were eager to show off their prized tickets. They're already expecting a performance they won't forget.
"I've not talked to anybody who's seen the show who didn't absolutely love it and wants to see it again and again, so I'm going to go to a later show so I'm not tempted to buy more tickets!" Ben Krueger of Appleton said, laughing.
"Hamilton" is part of the Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across America - Fox Cities Series.