Want to see the smash hit “Hamilton” when it comes to Des Moines in 2018?

Then you won’t want to put off buying tickets.

During its first national tour, the musical, which sold out on Broadway and won 11 Tony Awards, will stop in 16 cities next year, including San Francisco, Portland, St. Louis and Cleveland. It’s also currently running in Chicago and New York.

“Hamilton," the hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is set to take the stage from June 27-July 15, 2018 at the Des Moines Civic Center as part of the 2017-2018 Willis Broadway Series.

Ticket sales are already in “record territory,” according to Jeff Chelesvig, president and CEO of Des Moines Performing Arts.

"It's still the hardest ticket to get on Broadway," Chelesvig said. "We haven't seen a phenomenon in Broadway like this probably ever ... it's in a class of its own."

At this point, the only way to get tickets to “Hamilton” is to purchase a six-show season package. Currently, season packages for new buyers start at $441, according to the Civic Center website. The venue has not yet set a date for when single tickets will be a available, or how much they will be.

Since the show's Des Moines stop was announced in 2016, Chelesvig has seen a "huge interest" in those six-production packages.

In fact, new season ticket package sales are up by more than 100 percent compared to the Des Moines Performing Arts' 2015-2016 season. 

“We’re very reliant on our season ticket sales,” Chelesvig said. "This is the most sought after show right now and to be one of a handful hosting it in its first year is a really nice feather in our cap.”

"Hamilton" has been a hot ticket since it debuted on Broadway in August 2015. Stub Hub, a resale site, currently lists tickets ranging from $200 to $815 for performances in Chicago and from $400 to $2,000 for performances in New York.

That's why the Des Moines Performing Arts staff was “obviously thrilled” to snag “Hamilton,” Chelesvig said.

“At first it was a little bit of disbelief,” he said, “and once it sank in, it was elation.”

The Civic Center, which has a total capacity of 2,650 people, will host eight performances of “Hamilton” per week for three weeks.

The 2017-2018 Willis Broadway Series also includes productions of “Something Rotten,” “The Color Purple,” “Waitress,” “On Your Feet” and “The Humans.”

For more information and to buy tickets, visit desmoinesperformingarts.org.


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).