Spamilton, the new satirical musical by the creator of Forbidden Broadway, Gerard Alessandrini, takes its first shot July 19 when performances begin at the Triad in New York. Inspired by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton, the show will both celebrate and parody the landmark musical.
The cast features Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Alexander Rodriguez, Dan Rosales and Nora Schell, along with a roster of guest stars, including Christine Pedi. Spamilton will play 18 performances only.
“Like most of the country, I became obsessed with Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary score,” said Alessandrini in an earlier statement. “I believe his stunning reinvention on how to musicalize a dramatic story completely revived the Broadway Musical from being a dead art form...At first, I started to write just a parody or two for fun, and then I suddenly found myself re-writing most of Hamilton while adding bits and pieces of other classic and contemporary musicals. What came out is a wild mash up of the Fabulous Invalid called Broadway and the hip-hop hype of Hamilton. The show is fabulous. The hype is unprecedented. Hamilton spam is everywhere. Voila! Spamilton!”
The production also is spoofing Hamilton's #Ham4Ham discount ticket line which overflows into Times Square each Wednesday. Spamilton has initiated a 10-cent ticket lottery, dubbed #Spam4Roosevelt (based on FDR on the American dime; versus Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill), being offered before select performances of Spamilton. The lottery begins with the show’s first performance, July 19. Participants must come in person to the Triad (158 West 72nd Street) 40 minutes prior to curtain time to enter their names for the chance to see that evening’s performance. Thirty minutes prior to the show, names will be chosen at random by Alessandrini himself. Limit one entry per person and up to two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.
Alessandrini has been satirizing musicals for 30 years. His long-running musical revue, Forbidden Broadway, poked fun at an array of Broadway shows, including Miranda's previous hit, In the Heights. See a video below:
The creative team of Spamilton includes Gerry McIntyre (choreography), Dustin Cross (costume design), Richard Danley (music direction) and Michael Cassara, CSA (casting director). The show is produced by David Zippel and John Freedson.
Tickets for Spamilton are $49, plus a two-drink minimum. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit triadnyc.com/buy-tickets.
(Updated July 18, 2016)