The Cast of "Hamilton" Courtesy Photo)

I’ve heard quite a bit about “The Room Where it Happens,” which apparently is a number in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” I’ll know for sure soon enough.

While “Media Night” isn’t until Wednesday night, “Hamilton” begins its run at the Orpheum tonight (July 9). The musical, written by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, features a diverse cast performing a very hip-hop telling of the birth of America. This company will perform eight times a week until the final curtain call on July 28, so there are plenty of opportunities to see it — if you have a ticket.

And if you don’t have a ticket, you still may have a chance.

I’ll have more about Hamilton later this week, in both print and here on But in the meantime, this seems like a prime opportunity to remind readers of the #HAM4HAM — a lottery where you can get a pair of tickets for as little as $10 if your number is called.

From the Orpheum:



$10 EACH



Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Orpheum Theatre Group announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (July 9) in Memphis at the Orpheum Theatre. Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM CT on Sunday, July 7 for tickets to the Tuesday, July 9 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.


Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
You can also visit to register.
The lottery will open at 11:00 AM CT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance.
Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.
Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.


Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offers cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale. Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

So maybe you’ll get the chance to be in the room where it happens. That’s an inside joke of some sort and after I (hopefully) see “Hamilton,” I’ll know what I’m talking about!