We’ve seen the countless parodies: Batlexander Manilton, Merkel The Musical, the 2016 BET Awards, and more. But only the gargantuan success of the Broadway smash Hamilton could bring the ultimate musical spoof king Gerard Alessandrini out of hiding. As a spin-off to his successful Forbidden Broadway, the writer and director has created Spamilton, an Off-Broadway parody of the Tony-winning musical.
Stylized as a cabaret revue, the spoof stars Dan Rosales as “Lin-Manuel as Hamilton,” a young social climber on a quest to save Broadway from mediocrity. Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Alexander Rodriguez, and Nora Schell round out the remaining cast, with music director Fred Barton on the piano. Select performances will also feature special guest stars, including Christine Pedi.
Hamilton won’t be the only target, as the show also takes shots at other recent musicals such as An American in Paris, The King and I, and American Psycho.
Additionally, Spamilton even pokes fun at the ten-dollar #Ham4Ham lottery by offering ten-cent tickets, #Spam4Roosevelt, 40 minutes before the show. Full price tickets are available for $49, including a two-drink minimum.
The original Forbidden Broadway opened in 1982 and ran for 2,332 performances in different venues. Alessandrini managed to keep it fresh for over 30 years with several rewrites spoofing newer shows. He earned a Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 2006.
The rest of the creative team for Spamilton includes Gerry McIntyre (Choreography), Dustin Cross (Costume Design), Richard Danley (Musical Arrangements), and Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director). John Freedson, Christine Pedi, and David Zippel produce.
Spamilton plays at The Triad until August 18.