View Full Version : Tix to Hannah Montana or the Nutcracker?

09-11-2007, 03:04 PM
My DD willl turn 9 in early Nov, and I wanted to get her a really neat birthday gift. Not just clothes (she has a ton) or lip gloss, etc but something she would really remember. Hannah Montana tickets for the Nov 28 Atlanta show go on sale to the general public on Saturday. I've really thought about doing this for her, especially since I found out at the PTO meeting last night that one of the other Mom's is taking her DD for HER bday, and has invited 4 other girls to go also (not my DD though). Decent tickets are $66 each, and I would get 2, one for her and one for me. I'd love to get 3 for her to take a friend, but it's just not financially possibel right now. Not to mention that DH doesn't want to spend over $150 for tickets. She's been to a couple of concerts before so this wouldn't be totally new to her.

But, she's never been to a ballet or theatre production. I can get tickets with all the charges for $117 for 2 adults (me and DH) and 2 kids (both DD's and a friend for my 9 year old) I think she would really enjoy this too but it's over a month from her birthday to the show. If we do this, we might make it out tree decorating weekend as well as exploring downtown Atlanta a little.

I know she'd really love Hannah Montana, but I'm leaning a little more toward the Nutcraker. I think it would be a little more fun for her, since she can bring a friend along as well. Dh just says "Do whatever you want to, either way;s fine with me.":mad: What do ya'll think?

09-11-2007, 03:15 PM
I vote for Nutcracker for a couple of reasons. First, she's never been to a ballet or theater production. I think it'd be a great experience for her and something she might really love. As she gets to be a teenager she'll probably go to lots of concerts with friends. Also, she would get to bring a friend with her to Nutcracker. It sounds like it could be a really fun evening for the family! Plus, it's so Christmasy! Your DH sounds like a great sport, I would never be able to get my DH to go to a ballet. :thumbsup2 Good luck with whatever you choose, you sound like a great mom.

09-11-2007, 07:15 PM
I'de have to vote for Hannah Montana. She's only 9 once and next time this kind of concert comes to town it is very possible that she will have outgrown Hannah Montana. The Nutcracker is a classic and can be appreciated by children and adults of all ages.

09-11-2007, 07:34 PM
She'll have the opportunity to see The Nutcracker every year. Not HM. However, don't count your chickens before they're hatched - tickets are HARD to get. There are threads about it on this board and on the budget board. You'll definitely want a plan B.

Princess Roo
09-11-2007, 08:33 PM
The Nutcracker is really beautifully done at the Fox in Atlanta. :love:

How big of a Hannah Montana fan is she, though? If she's a HUGE fan, I think that would make a bigger impact and as a PP suggested, you could save the Nutcracker for a different year.

Honestly, I think both are great ideas! (Now I sound like your DH - LOL)

09-11-2007, 09:38 PM
Hannah Montana. I was subjected to the Nutcracker every year when I was a kid, and I hated it!!! She'll enjoy Hannah more, and it will only come once.

K and K's Mommy
09-11-2007, 10:24 PM
I took my DD to the Nutcracker last year, and it was so nice. She loved it! She got a little squirmy, but she was only 5. She wants to go again. She does take ballet.

Now, we don't watch Hannah Montana, but I do think that if my DD had to choose between Nutcracker and anything High School Musical, she would choose HSM.

I know I didn't help you at all!:rotfl2: You really can't go wrong!

09-11-2007, 11:15 PM
Hannah Montana. Hands down, Hannah Montana. If she 9 and like most 9 year olds she would absolutely flip out if she could go to the concert.

I do agree, though, wait and see if you can get tickets. I joined mileyworld.com to get presale tickets and the site wouldn't connect for me when tickets started selling. I ended up paying to join the stupid site and couldn't get tickets in the presale. Tickets are REALLY hard to get.

IMO she can see the Nutracker any ole' time. It's been around for years and will be around forever.

09-12-2007, 02:21 PM
I'll admit I'm bias because DD dances in the Nutcracker every year but I have to vote for The Nutcracker. Yes, its the same very year but every year I get something different out of it. And being backstage last year, I saw how hard not only the principal dancers but the student dancers, down to the smallest mouse, work & train to give their all.
And, she can take a friend & she probably wouldn't be up quite so late.

Also, semi-off topic:

Your DH sounds like a great sport, I would never be able to get my DH to go to a ballet.

The males in my extended family go to the ballet to see DD. I think half of them almost fell asleep during the 1st half of The Nutcracker.

09-12-2007, 02:30 PM
Oh Hannah Montana:cheer2: ! I just took my 8yr old niece and my 9yr old daughter to see Hilary Duff last weekend and all they talked about was that they couldn't wait for Hannah Montana in December! We have already seen The Nutcracker but I think if you want to be a cool Mom and have a very excited 9yr old the choice is clear!:dance3:

09-12-2007, 05:48 PM
I think for the moment, I'm going to hold off making a decision. Since I'm out of work right now, the money is a bit of an issue at the moment, since DH's truck chose yesterday to start acting up. It's either the transmission or the timing chain, and we won't know until Friday when my Dad takes a look at it. If it is the transmission, HM won't be an option, unfortunately. Guess I'll just cross my fingers that it's not. I actually overheard DD on the phone yesterday talking to a friend about it. She said it would be sooo cool to go, but she didn't think we could afford it right now. :sad1: I don't know where she got that notion, because we're actually fine. (Or we were until the truck thing came up, DH doesn't want to touch the savings account) She's such a little worrier, great student, great big sister, that I really hope everything works out so I CAN take her. And when I find a job (anything through Christmas) I'll take them to the Nutcraker, too. Thanks for all the advice.

09-12-2007, 09:38 PM
I hope everything works out. Sometimes, after Nut performances you can get pictures with certain cast members. Somewhere at my grandparents house I think, there's a picture of me with a mouse, the Nutcracker King & I believe a Sugarplum Fairy. Sometimes they will also sign programs after the show.

09-13-2007, 09:35 AM
Well, DH and I sat down last noght and talked about the whole situation again. He talked to her about school and she actually told him about some of the girls in her class going to HM, and how great it would be to go. But that it was OK if she couldn't, as long as she had cake ice cream and a sleep over she would be happy. I assured her that she would always have a birthday celebration, and that you never know what's gonna happen. I did explain that HM tix were very hard to get and that they sell out quickly, just like Kenny Chesney. (He sold out in like 12 minutes for his Atlanta shows) She went to bed happy.

So DH and I talk about it, but he's still concerned because of the truck situation. I go to bed with things still up in the air. This morning he calls me around 9 am and says he slept badly last night, thinking about this whole thing. He tells me he's going to take the kids to the parade Saturday, and for me to stay home and try to get those HM tix!!:goodvibes He said sh'e such a good child, helps out so much around the house, makes good grades and that she deserves to go. And he said "This is a close to WDW as we can afford right now, so go ahead" AND that he's found a part time job on the weekends to cover Christmas, we're also going to the Nutcracker and I only need to find a job to keep be opccupied and to cover my school expenses. (Gas and books) Oh boy, he's definately earned some brownie points today!!! Maybe there will be a little "magic" for the grown ups tonight too!:love:

Now I just have to get those tix....easier said than done. I'm already calling reinfocements to help me.

09-13-2007, 11:20 AM
You know, those other girls may end up not going to the concert at all. The fact that the mom plans on taking 5 girls tells me she hasn't bought tickets through Ticketmaster, since you can only buy 4 at a time. So, unless she's already been able to get tickets through her personal connections, she's in the same boat as you - hoping to get them Saturday morning. Which means your DD may not be disappointed to be the only one not going, KWIM? I hope it works out for you!

09-14-2007, 06:30 AM
Hannah Montana for sure!:banana:

09-14-2007, 10:14 AM
tlbwiriter, I had not thought of that . I guess the Mama Bear in me was a little riled up because the same girls who are all planning on going are the ones my DD usually has sleep overs with, talks to on the phone, they all are invited to her party. I was a little upset that she wasn't invited, since they are all pretty close. I would have been more than happy to get her a ticket, since I understand that financially it may not be possible to buy tickets for everyone. But she did feel left out. That's another reason DH said to go for it.

She's already 5 foot 2, wears size 7 clothing, my shoes, and is beginning to develop, and she's getting some comments about it at school. She's very sensitive and mature for her age, and she said some of the girls are calling her Mrs. S******* (her name) and even asking if she's got her period yet, what size bra does she wear..... I think it's a little jealousy on their parts, but my DD doesn't understand why, becasue she just wants to be "normal" and is kinda embarrased about the whole thing....but that's a whole 'nother thread all together:scared:

So I'm gonna do my best tomorrow and hope that I can give my girl one awesome birthday gift!!:cheer2:

09-14-2007, 10:48 AM
Well, now I *really* hope you get them! What show are you trying to get?

09-14-2007, 10:56 AM
I'm trying to get tix for HOTLANTA. :rotfl: Sorry, Atlanta the Areana at Gwinett Center in Dululth in November 28. Tix go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10 am on the dot.

09-14-2007, 11:40 AM
Yep, Hannah Montana. My girls would choose this any day over the Nutcracker even if was just me and them, even though they enjoy the Nutcracker too. I'm of the mind also that we can see the Nutcracker EVERY year (we even have the Nutcracker dvd with MaCaulay Culkin if you can believe it), and in a couple she'll be over HM. Plus, you can't stand up and scream "I love you Clara" at the top of your lungs at the ballet. :)

Have fun!!

09-14-2007, 11:49 AM
Plus, you can't stand up and scream "I love you Clara" at the top of your lungs at the ballet. :)

Well, you can, but you might get tossed out. :rotfl:

09-14-2007, 04:10 PM
Just wanted to say*Good Luck* with getting the HM tickets!! They seem to be really hard to get. We were very fortunate. I would suggest being ready the moment they go on sale. BTW, it might have been an issue of not being able to purchase very many with her friend situation. They are only selling a max of 4 tix per person. I tried my darndest to get 4 together, but was only able to get 2 and 2. Should be an awesome show!!

09-15-2007, 10:42 AM
:sad1: Was online at 10 am, tried for over 10 minutes for 2 tickets...nothing. We have dial up, so that may be a factor. Also had MIL trying from her house with Comcast connection, and a person at the local Ticketmaster location. 2 strikes and we're out. But I can get them through StubHub or Ebay for over $250 a ticket!!!!!Ya know, I'm all for people makeing $$, but I really think you shouldn't be able to make more than a 50% profit on tix. I'm so sad, I really wanted those tix for her. :sad1: But, life goes on, we'll go see the Nutcracker and have a great time. Thanks fo rall the support!!!!

09-15-2007, 11:15 AM
Darn it - I was really hoping you'd get them. I keep reading that tickets become available closer to the date of the show, so who knows, you might get lucky!

09-15-2007, 05:21 PM
Sorry you didn't get the tickets. I'm sure she'll still have a GREAT b'day!!!

09-15-2007, 05:29 PM
We tried to get them too. NADA!! They even have a message when you call ticketmaster saying they are all sold out. Of course there are plenty of seats if you go through a ticket broker and pay up to $1,300.00 a ticket!! :scared1: Those people make me sick. This is a show kids want to go, that's just crazy.:confused3

09-15-2007, 08:31 PM
Tickets in our area go onsale next Tuesday....I had no idea that this was going to be such a popular show. Just in case we can't get them I'm not going to mention it to our dd8! Wish me luck!!!

09-15-2007, 10:35 PM
Definitely do not mention the concert to DD. I was trying to get them for the Chicago show. We had the whole experience with paying $30 for the pre sale, getting shut out, and then getting shut out again during the general public sale for Chicago today. I am glad I never mentioned it to DD(5) because she would flip if she knew the concert was for sure coming here.

To date, I have not heard of a single family scoring tickets. All I see on eBay is greedy brokers. It makes me so mad.:sad1:

09-16-2007, 08:49 PM
I'm watching the Emmy's right now on Channel 5, and a local Atlanta news station just did a preview for the program with "Many local parents upset because of the lack of available tickets for a popular teen pop stars concert" and showed a pic of HM. Can't wait to watch and see what's said. This whole thing is ridiculous.
My DD knew tix went on sale Sat because we ran into another of her school friends and her Mom at WalMart Friday night, and apparently she put the words tix together with the snippets of our coversation + the fact that I missed the parade Saturday that I was trying for tix. She came in and asked if I had a good day after the parade with this hopeful look in her eye. I finally got up the courage to tell her this morning that I tried and couldn't get tix. She teared up, but handled it OK. I told her I didn't want her to be upset on her birthday when she didn't get them, but I tried really hard and that she was still gonna have a great birthday because I had a backup plan. So now the curiosity is kinda overshadowing the upset. I know it's all about $$, and I'm a grown up but I did shed a tear or two. Good luck to everyone who's still trying and I hope you get those tix. Sending some pixie dust your way!!!

09-16-2007, 09:57 PM
Sounds like your dd has a fantastic Mom for trying so hard for thoseo tx.....I'de be interested to hear what your local news show says about the lack of available tickets to the general public, perhaps you can advise after the segment airs?
One things for sure there will be plenty more opportunity for your daughter to go to concerts as she gets older. I certainly remember spending all of my pay checks in my teens (mostly from working at McDonald's) on those expensive music concerts!

09-16-2007, 10:24 PM
If you can't get HM tickets-try for High school musical on Ice-much more reasonable-however they are starting to sell out everywhere too. It does both movies-great atmosphere and all the music your kids will know-check out youtube for some clips from the opening Tampa shows

09-17-2007, 08:24 PM
I searched las tnight and couldn't find the link on the newswebsite, but's pretty much whay we are all saying. That Tickmaster sold out of tix in less than 60 seconds and they interviewed 2 sets of Moms who were upset. Ticketmaster wouldn't respond other to say that anyone who really wanted tickets could have participated in the presale through the Mileyworld website. One of the Moms did, and didn't get tix there either. Ticketmaster was asked directly how many tix were made available to the general public and how many were sold to tix resellers and they would not give an answer. It also mentioned that you could get tix on Stu*H** for $175 a tix (the cheapest) all the way up to $2500 for 4. And listed the price range normally of $26-$66 per tix.

Unfortunately HSM on Ice was just in Atlanta either last week or the wee before, and since DD's bday is in November, I'd have been a little late. I'm still a little bummed and it more tix are released I may try for some, but if not we'll have a great time. Thanksgiving Thursday, shopping Friday, spending the night with MIL (or their Grandma) in Friday night, Nutcracker Saturday afternoon, a trip to the Varsity after for chili dogs (YUM!!) and tree trimming on Sunday. :banana:

09-17-2007, 08:36 PM
I paid to get presale tix, and what happened to me was a nightmare. I got the presale tickets lined up on Ticketmaster at the stroke of 10, but when it came time to pay, Ticketmaster wouldn't accept my log in (you can register ahead of time with TM in order to enter in all your credit card info to save time). It was a complete disaster!!! I had already logged in to the TM site as a member before the presale began, so I'm not sure why I had to re-enter anything, but so be it. Since the site rejected my log in, by the time I got it straightened out, my tickets had timed out and that was that. I never got another shot.

It is really a shame that only those who are willing to pay brokers outrageous amounts of money are the ones who will see the concert. My friend had her father calling from Nebraska Saturday while she worked the computer at the same time--neither one got any. I'd be really interested to see who's crazy enough to pay broker rates to see the concert.

I am not a big fan of the presale concept as it seems to backfire anytime there is exceptionally high demand for an event. For example, during the last U2 tour, many Chicago fans who paid for presale privileges did not get any tickets, and the site crashed. I "lucked out" that time and got nosebleed seats.

I am totally turned off by this whole situation. If Disney was really interested in entertaining the HM fans, they would consider adding shows or choosing larger arenas. I'm not sure if there are large numbers of tickets being set aside for radio stations, sponsors, and the like, but it seems crazy to me that few to no real folks are getting these.:sad2:

09-18-2007, 12:37 AM
HM tickets went on sale here in KC this past Sat. Supposedly, the tics sold out in 11 minutes. (this is faster that Elton John who sold out in (I believe) 60 minutes) It appears that tickets are now on sale on Ebay for $1000+. Is that crazy or what? There are other price ranges available -most from $200 and up per ticket. Crazy.