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The wait is (almost) over. But if you’re looking to buy tickets to “Hamilton” at ASU Gammage, you have an extra hoop to jump through — and a deadline.

Single tickets to Broadway’s hottest touring show, which opens in Tempe Jan. 30 for a four-week run,  will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, through Ticketmaster’s new Verified Fan program, aimed at foiling scalpers and bots. Interested buyers must register by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

That’s less than three days away, folks. Here’s what you need to know:

How do I register for “Hamilton” tickets?

Go to hamiltonaz.tmverifiedfan.com. If you don’t have a Ticketmaster account, you will have to create one first. Then you link your account to the Verified Fan sale program. Registered fans will be randomly selected to receive an access code via email that will allow them to purchase up to four tickets per household.

While there was some initial confusing on the timing, here is how the process works: Those selected for access codes will be notified  on Sunday, Dec. 10, but the actual codes will be sent early the next morning. Prices will range from $79.50 to $189.50, with a limited number of premium seats for $489.50.

What happens if I don’t get a code?

All hope is not lost. There will still be tickets available on the resale market — Gammage subscribers have already had a chance to purchase extra seats — but if the Verified Fan program succeeds in foiling bots and speculators, it’s hard to predict how much they will cost. Gammage isn’t saying whether there will be more tickets to be released at a later date. Also, during the show’s run there will be a lottery for $10 tickets — 40 per performance. Details to come.

What can I do to increase my chances?

It takes a village. If you enlist some friends into registering, you can increase the chances of somebody getting one of the coveted access codes. If you have a code, gettings tickets should be easier, because there will be fewer people clogging up the Internet on the sale date. But tickets will still sell fast, so you should be on your computer at 9 a.m. sharp Dec. 11.

What exactly is Verified Fan?

The program was launched in March as a way to block access by bots and cut down on the number of tickets being purchased solely to resell at a big markup. Using data including your email address, Ticketmaster verifies that you are an actual person, then randomly selects registrants for an access code.

Does it work?

Verified Fan has been used to sell tickets to Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show, and so far it seems to have been successful in drastically reducing access to scalpers. But there have been some hiccups. When Verified Fan registration started for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway, demand was so high that the system crashed for a time. And Taylor Swift faced a backlash when her tour let fans increase their chances of getting concert tickets by pre-ordering her album.

Is it fair?

There is no “incentive” program to boost your chances of a code for “Hamilton,” but some buyers aren’t happy about the random selection, saying that process as unfair in itself. But the old way is also basically a lottery: Who is lucky enough to get through to the system when thousands of buyers are clogging up Ticketmaster’s website?

Reach the reporter at kerry.lengel@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4896. Follow him at facebook.com/LengelOnTheater and twitter.com/KerryLengel.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda greeted hundreds of fans and the “Hamilton” touring cast performed a Los Angeles-centric medley as the Broadway hit began its LA shows Wednesday. (Aug. 16)
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