As we approach 10 a.m., the hopeful row for the entries of 'Hamilton'

SCHENECTADY - People formed hundreds off Proctors on Monday morning to have the opportunity to buy tickets to see the "Hamilton" Broadway phenomenon during their August run.

There is a limit of four tickets on all purchases for the 27,000 available for today's sale. Online sales must have been made through a Proctors account with verified address and credit card. Although resellers could create dozens of separate accounts, Proctors expects the registration system to dissuade most of them. The prosecutors had 20 ticket stations and 40 people available to answer the phones.

Supervisors hope to thwart ticket retailers and make sure that when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. they are bought by people who want to see the show and not make a profit in the secondary market.

The theater's general manager, Philip Morris, surveyed the crowd and said he likes what he saw.

"I'm happy to recognize so many people," he says. "That means there are fewer people here to get tickets for the scalp."

People were lined up to buy tickets at the box office before the sun came up. But being number 1 does not mean that you would get the first tickets: the supervisors delivered a random number to decide who would go first. The random purchase numbers were a strategy to try to discourage people from camping. "And to try to prevent them from becoming competitive with each other," Morris said.

The first player in the row, Bob Lyman, got the number 73. "Well, it's better than the 703," he said. "I suppose."

Tim Sexton from Niskayuna arrived at 8:30 a.m., five hours after the first man in line. Sexton waited 30 minutes to get his random sale number. He scored 9 - 63 places ahead of a guy who waited from 3:30 a.m.

Inside, the box office manager, Michael Vacchi, was radiant. A 10-year veteran of Proctors says, "I live these days."

The show has 16 presentations, from August 13 to 25. And the real Proctor prices will start at $ 95 to $ 165, with a small number of premium seats of $ 265 in each presentation.

It is expected that all tickets that are immediately available will be gone by the end of the day, said Morris.

As the biggest Broadway phenomenon that crosses the generation since "Rent" 25 years ago, "Hamilton", a retelling of the history of the founding fathers of the United States influenced by hip-hop, has created a demand for tickets without precedents In response, the administration of the show and the theaters where it plays adopted a variety of strategies to try to limit tickets collected by resellers and other secondary market providers, which is a good way of saying, resellers.

Unlike Ticketmaster, which has its own internal reseller market, Proctors does not work with resellers. He actively tries to block his access to the tickets through strategies that include an awareness campaign that began last week called "Do not be a fool". Your message: unless you go to the box office, call the Proctors at 518-346-6204 or visit, you have a good chance of being scammed. And it will surely pay more than the nominal value of the ticket.

Morris has noticed for weeks that no tickets have been sold for "Hamilton" and that the ticket resellers who offer packages only offer the promise of reselling tickets they do not have.

Prosecutors hope to prevent resellers from flooding ticket purchases on Monday in the hope that those who wish to see the show will get the tickets at face value.

"We want people to avoid these sites if possible," said Jim Murphy, director of marketing and corporate relations at Proctors.

In the Proctors, on stage to entertain those who are online, DJs Shawn Gillie and Trumaster say that this usually happens when they go to sleep. Trumaster did an event in Syracuse last night that ended at 11. He had to be in Proctors before 7 in the morning. "I'm very tired," he says.