'Hamilton' fans camp out overnight to get Minneapolis tickets

The first person in line at the State Theater box office got there at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday
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With demand for tickets to see "Hamilton" at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, some fans weren't taking any chances.

First in line outside the State Theatre on Thursday morning, ahead of tickets going on sale at 10 a.m., was Mike Fee.

Accompanied by his wife, Nan, and a friend, the Eagan resident arrived at the theater at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with the trio spending the night on the street on camping chairs.

How did he sleep? Bring Me The News asked him.

"I didn't, and I'm going to work at 11:30 a.m."

Soon after they arrived, more showed up, with Fee saying there were about 20 in line by midnight, while at 6 a.m. the line was at 90 people.

At 6 a.m. they were allowed inside the State Theater to wait in the lobby, as the box office prepares to open mid-morning.

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The Fees have already seen the show when it was performed in Chicago, but were eager to go again.

"I like the soundtrack, I like the story, and at almost 3 hours long, it’s a huge production that really delivers to the audience," Fee said.

Demand for tickets to the Broadway smash is expected to be huge, with around 100,000 tickets put on sale for the show's run between Aug. 29 and Oct. 7.

The line outside the State Theater at 7:30 a.m.

The line outside the State Theater at 7:30 a.m.

In February, when season tickets for the Hennepin Theatre Trust's Broadway season, including "Hamilton," went on sale, its website crashed as thousands clamored to make a purchase.

This time, in an effort to avoid a website crash, those looking to buy individual tickets had to sign up with Ticketmaster as a 'Verified Fan" to be eligible to buy tickets on Thursday.

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Those who signed up were sent an email on Wednesday night, informing them of when they can buy and how. 

There was a surprise for some when they received codes that state they won't be eligible to buy until 11 a.m., an hour after tickets go on sale.

In line at the State Theater though, those who spent the night on the streets will be confident of securing their seats.

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