"Hamilton" checklist: Know before you go

Posted at 6:26 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 18:45:03-05

Large crowds are expected in Buffalo's Theater District for opening night of the musical "Hamilton" at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The show is one of the biggest and most popular to come to Buffalo since "The Lion King." 

"Hamilton" begins its three week run at Shea's starting on Tuesday November 20th.

Here is what you need to know before you go:

-Limited tickets are still available.  More info here: https://www.sheas.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KNOW_201811191200.pdf

-Expect large crowds with doors to Shea's opening 60 minutes before show and access to seating starting 30 minutes before.

-The show runs approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

-Expect tight security as people are "wanded" and bags checked.

-Cell phones are permitted but no photographs or video recording are allowed.  "Selfies" can be taken in the lobby with the displays.

-People who text or use cell phones during the show can expect a visit from an usher and possibly an angry reaction from other patrons who paid a lot for tickets.

-Make reservations for restaurants in the Theater District.  They will be jammed.  Walk-ins should come no later than 5:30 p.m.

-Souvenirs, including books and the "Hamilton" CD, will be for sale in the lobby of Shea's.

-Expect private parking lots close to Shea's to be more than the usual $25 for Shea's night events.  How much?  It is unknown.  Parking lot owners did not return calls to 7 Eyewitness News.

There are cheaper parking options offered by the City of Buffalo:

-On-street parking is free after 5 p.m.

-The city has two parking ramps within walking distance of Shea's.

-Augspurger Ramp at Pearl & Chippewa Streets is $7 (One block walk to Shea's)

- The Mohawk Ramp at Washington & Mohawk Streets is $4 (One-and-a-half block walk to Shea's)


-The above ground Metro Rail is free with a station in the Theater District.

-Park and Ride lots are available at the University and LaSalle stations.  The cost is only a couple dollars.  More information here: http://metro.nfta.com/Routes/ParkRide.aspx


A ride sharing drop off/pickup zone is located on Pearl Street by Shea's backdoor.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more in his attached report.





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