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Washingtonians Lined Up Like Crazy to Get Hamilton Tickets at the Kennedy Center

Photographs by Rosa Cartagena.

At 8 AM this morning, tickets for the famed musical Hamilton went on sale to the public at the Kennedy Center, but the truly devoted had already been waiting for hours. As early as 10:30 PM last night, a line wrapped the building despite the chilly weather. Many fans had come with a backup strategy: While physically in line, they were also either on hold over the phone or waiting virtually online.

One woman had failed to get tickets by phone, then decided halfway through her Anne Arundel County commute that she would try her luck in-person at the box office. “Can you get us tickets?” she asked me half-jokingly. Nearby, a Bethesda woman asked to remain anonymous because “some of us are supposed to be at the office.” Other Washingtonians were drawn by the crowd, rather than the tickets: the Tacos Matadores truck was stationed out front, as well as a smaller food stand with pastries and coffee. At the time of publishing, tens of thousands are still waiting in the virtual box office—no word yet on which method was fastest or most successful. Happy waiting!


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Rosa joined Washingtonian in 2016 after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. She covers arts and culture for the magazine. She’s written about anti-racism efforts at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, dinosaurs in the revamped fossil hall at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, and the horrors of taking a digital detox. When she can, she performs with her family’s Puerto Rican folkloric music ensemble based in Jersey City. She lives in Adams Morgan.