As I write this, the New York production of Spamilton, which has been running at the Triad Theater on West 72nd Street, is making a move June 2, to the 47th Street Theater, also known as the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Spamilton also won The Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience yesterday afternoon.
Spamilton the Hamilton parody is hysterically funny, sharp-witted and highly creative. With a cast this talented and the rapid fire quips, that you lose half from laughing, this is a show you need to see more than once. Spamilton was created by writer/director Gerard Alessandrini, the creative force behind the parody driven, sarcastic send up of the Broadway season, the long-running, off-Broadway, musical Forbidden Broadway. Now he skewers the mega hit Hamilton weaving in Sondheim, Wicked, Ave Q and more.
As Lin Manuel Miranda who is not to fond of the present state of theatre understudy baby faced Tristan J. Shuler, sings “I’m not gonna let Broadway rot.” He follows that up with “Hey, yo!, I’m just like the beaver, a young overachiever, and I love being a hot, big shot.”
Chris Anthony Giles plays a none to happy Aaron Burr, who knows he’s not going to get cast in the film as others sing “I Wanna Be In The Film When It Happens.”
I absolutely loved understudy Michael Wordly who played Daveed Diggs, the Fresh Prince of Big Hair, who was the original Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. His number of confusion “What Did You Miss?”was a highlight.
The highly talented Nicole Ortiz, plays all three Schuyler Sisters with two puppet alter ego’s and nearly steals the show. Later on she channels Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Gloria Estefan, begging, seducing and cajoling the man of the hour to collaborate. She bring down the house in “Another Hundred Syllables…,” a parody on Sondheim and lyrics.
As the Guest diva Dorothy Kiara morps into Bernadette Peters, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli.
Tyler Milliron was the Guest King, singing “Straight is Back.”
Larry Owens kills it as Miranda’s mentor Stephen Sondheim ala Benjamin Franklin.
My favorite moments were all Sondheim, especially the Assassin‘s take. Even Sweeney Todd‘s Beggar Woman keeps appearing to beg those illusive Hamilton tickets.
Look for the Broadway musical mash-ups such as “An American Psycho in Paris” and “The Lion King and I,” which if you know your musical theatre will sure to have you chuckling and forgetting the troubled world outside.
If you are out of town you can always get the Spamilton, original cast album which was released on March 3rd, from DRG Records. The cast recording features original Spamilton cast members Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, and music director Fred Barton at the piano.