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4 Tips for Getting Tickets to 'Hamilton' at the Kennedy Center (and 1 If-All-Else-Fails Option)

Prepare to battle the masses and spend a small fortune.

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    4 Tips for Getting Tickets to 'Hamilton' at the Kennedy Center (and 1 If-All-Else-Fails Option)
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    Finally some news that isn't about the never-ending rain or Metro delays -- the acclaimed musical "Hamilton" is coming to the Kennedy Center!

    We know you're excited. Only problem is, everyone else is too. So you're going to need to figure out how to get tickets.

    "Hamilton" isn't set to come to D.C. until the KenCen's 2017-2018 season, and the theater has yet to announce specific show dates or ticket sale dates. Nevertheless, get ready for the ticket frenzy that will surely ensue. 

    Read on for our tips for getting a seat to the show in the Kennedy Center's opera house.

    1. Have a lot of money to throw at this problem? Buy Kennedy Center subscriptions for the next two years.

    According to the Kennedy Center's website, the best way to secure your "Hamilton" tickets is to buy a subscription for the 2016-2017 theater season... and then renew the subscription for the 2017-2018 season, which will include "Hamilton" tickets. Those with 2016-2017 season tickets will have a better chance to get the 2017-2018 subscription, the website said.

    Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 season go on sale May 18 at 10 a.m., but a Kennedy Center representative could not confirm how much the subscription will cost. The rep said a subscription to the current season costs at least $500 depending on the seats and dates you select, but subscriptions for the next two years are subject to change.

    2. Dial and redial the Kennedy Center box office or click "refresh" until your fingers fall off.

    Obviously, one of the best ways to get tickets is to call the Kennedy Center and buy individual seats straight from the source. Given that ticket sale dates haven't yet been announced, be sure to follow the Kennedy Center on Facebook for up-to-date information, and check local theater websites such as dctheatrescene.com and dcmetrotheatrearts.com for more news.

    To reach the Kennedy Center ticket sales office, call 202-467-4600 -- you may want to add this one to your contacts so you're prepared the moment tickets go on sale. You can find the KenCen's online calendar here; just click on a performance to search for tickets.

    3. Sign up for @KenCen tweets to be sent directly to your phone.

    Following @KenCen on Twitter for updates is a decent plan, but take it up to 11 by having their tweets sent straight to your phone. On their Twitter account, select the settings icon, then select "Turn on mobile locations."

    Then, the moment that "Hamilton" news gets tweeted out, boom: You've got an instant alert and are ready to spring into action.

    4. Check online for weekday matinee tickets.

    Use websites such as StubHub and Ticketmaster to find tickets for off-peak showtimes, like weekday matinees or the day before a holiday. While these tickets will likely be less expensive than a weekend evening, be prepared to make an investment no matter what, if the New York tickets are any indication of what we can expect here. Resale tickets for an afternoon performance on Wednesday, May 18, for instance, at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York range from $1,557 to $2,335 each on Ticketmaster -- and the website requires you buy at least two at a time.

    All options exhausted? Sign up for Spotify and listen to the catchy tracks all you want from the comfort of your own home, or while dining at The Hamilton.

    We know, we know, this one really shouldn't be on this list, as a Spotify subscription is not at all equitable to Kennedy Center tickets. But for $10 a month (or nothing at all if you're willing to tolerate ads), you can gather your friends in your living room for your own version of the musical, or head to downtown restaurant The Hamilton (600 14th St. NW) for a dining experience inspired by history.