Why are shows so expensive? I have spoken about my struggles of not living in New York many times in this blog before but I really want to emphasize that the money is the true deterrent to being the cultured theater goer that I so desperately want to be. I was having a discussion with one of my roommates about what shows I have seen and which ones are on the top of my list. She asked me, why have you not gone, and also asked why did you spend so much to see Hamilton? The answer was easy. The production value is immense and there must be a lot of money that goes into a project so complex and detailed.