Squadron - the hottest ticket in Albany!
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Can’t get tickets to see the hottest show on Broadway in pretty much forever? No worries, just check out the next best thing: State Senate oversight hearings.

That’s right, it’s the testimony that has Albany all abuzz! Last week, State Senator Daniel Squadron cited lyrics from Tony-nominated Broadway musical Hamilton in opposition to extension of New York’s ticket reselling law. (Click for Video)

For example, there have been widespread reports of ticket resellers utilizing automatic ticket-purchasing “bots” and other practices to purchase and resell thousands of Hamilton tickets.

Here’s some of the numbers Squadron was inspired by for his testimony:

• ALEXANDER HAMILTON What’s my name, Senator?

State Senator Squadron

My name is State Senator Squadron

And there’s a million fans havin no fun

But they just wait, they just wait

In New York

you cannot be a

real fan

Oh no,

In New York

you cannot be a

real fan
• AARON BURR, SIR While we’re talking let me offer you some free advice

Extend less

Reform more

Let’s let them know what we’re against and what we’re for
• MY SHOT We’re just giving away

our shot

We’re just giving away

our shot

New York’s law is junky

old, rotten and clunky

And we’re just giving away

our shot
• YOU’LL BE BACK Bots rise, fans fall

We have seen no reform through it all

And when push comes to shove

Lobbyists will send a fully armed battalion to remind Sens of their “love”

Ba ba bap ba
• NON-STOP Tickets go on on sale, at the very same time

Real suddenly they begin to climb

How to account for this rise to the top?

Maaaaan, the bots are

Non-stop!

I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive

Bots’re incredible at tix. They’re speedy, evasive

The fans need a strong defense. Not this solution.

What’da we need?

A ticket revolution


(And, from here on, it’s the real lyrics)

Corruption is such an old song that we can sing along in harmony

And nowhere is it stronger than in Albany
• THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS

(These are still real lyrics)

No one really knows how the game is played

The art of the trade

How the sausage gets made

We just assume that it happens

But no one else is in

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

The room where it happens


So how have the critics reacted to Squadron’s making the hits from Hamilton his own? We think the best critique came from State Seantor John A. DeFrancisco of Cayuga and Onondaga counties.

“After hearing that rendition, does anybody really want to buy tickets to this damn thing?”

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