New York is full of great food, stunning art and best of all, entertaining Broadway shows. Here is how I scored face-value tickets for Hamilton on Broadway and planned the perfect NYC weekend trip.

Getting Tickets

I am a frugal traveler and I recently was able to get face-value tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway.  How did I do it?  I joined the Facebook page for Hamilton and registered for their website hamiltonmusical.com.  There is rolling availability from the Richard Rodgers theater and when the tickets become available for purchase you will be notified by email!  My tickets were for 9 months in advance so there was plenty of time to plan.

Tip: You must immediately purchase your tickets (which can be purchased 4 tickets at once).  If you do 2 separate transactions, like I did, you can purchase 8 tickets. 

Booking Your Stay

Because I had gotten my tickets so far in advance, I was able to reserve at my favorite resort—HGV West 57th Street.  I also contacted my friends who are owners at West 57th so that they could reserve their own units too.  My friends have enjoyed traveling with me to West 57th over the years, so much so that they now have acquired their own weekly timeshare interval and we continue to travel together often.

West 57th has a special place in my heart. I know most of the staff and they have made an effort to know me too. We were greeted by some of our favorites, which included Elvis and Jennifer at the Front Desk and our favorite bellman, Orvie.  We were introduced to the new staff in the Owners Lounge—George, Awilda, and Kris.  We quickly became friends with the new staff, especially enjoying the delicious breakfast.   If you get the chance to stay at West 57th, I highly recommend it!

Owner Update

I attended an owner update and learned about The Central at 5th, which will be the next HGV resort in NYC.  Like West 57th Street, it is a purpose built resort.  The Central at 5th is still under construction with plans for opening in late 2020!  It will be closer to Radio Center Music Hall and Times Square, so, another great location.

The Food

We were introduced to Trattoria Dell’Arte New York by one of our good friends. We had a fantastic late lunch.  The Chicken Parmesan and meatballs were fantastic.  They also served bottomless champagne cocktails which were a hit with our group!  It was only a short walk, located at West 57th and 7th Avenue.

The Show

We had Saturday night tickets to Hamilton which was worth the 9-month wait.  The show was fabulous from beginning to end!  We had taken the advice of others and had listened to the music which is available on iTunes and Spotify.  Yes, it actually heightened our enjoyment of the musical, rather than spoiling the experience.

It was another perfect NYC weekend trip with friends meeting up to celebrate a birthday and catch Broadway shows!

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