Spamilton Chicago Tickets
Spamilton Chicago tickets
Writer Gerard Alessandrini spent more than 30 years honing his satirical craft - familiar to most from his Forbidden Broadway revues that began in 1982 - before the opportunity of a lifetime came along: Hamilton. Or, more accurately, Spamilton: An American Parody, Alessandrini's silly, smart, but never savage musical spoof of Hamilton that pits a five-member cast (plus a couple of puppets) against the Broadway blockbuster, its beloved creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and any other stars or stage musicals that can't get out of the way fast enough.
The fast-moving Spamilton boils decades of history and creativity down onto a postage-stamp stage. It's equal parts campy fun, Hamilton-level brilliance and tongue-in-cheek mash-up of all things Broadway, performed in intimate, cabaret-style settings. Even Lin-Manuel Miranda himself has seen the show, and it is reported that he "laughed his brains out."
Spamilton Chicago's background/history
Spamilton: An American Parody debuted in 2016 on an off-Broadway New York stage. Its run was quickly extended, and the show moved to a theater just around the corner from where Hamilton plays. Additional stagings opened in Chicago and L.A. in 2017, with the L.A. opening being used to launch a nationwide tour.
Alessandrini, who wrote the show, directed its first staging, and sometimes doubles as choreographer also, spares no one: Every musical, stage star or public persona that comes to mind is fair game. Instead of an overture, the play opens with Barack and Michelle Obama putting the Hamilton cast recording on as they slip into bed - perhaps a nod to John F. Kennedy's reported habit of doing the same with the score of the Broadway musical Camelot.
From there, the satire focuses on a young upstart who's out to save Broadway from its own mediocrity. He's equal parts Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda and perpetually haunted by rabid fans asking that he write a song for them or give them tickets to Hamilton.
That's just the start of Alessandrini's gleeful mash-ups in this Spamilton Chicago tour. Stephen Sondheim appears as a curious hybrid with Ben Franklin, with cameo moments from some of his most famous scores, including Phantom of the Opera. The five-member cast includes a spot for a rotating "guest star" whose role is adjusted to suit whichever famous persona they can best lampoon, and two of the three Schuyler sisters are played by puppets. The script has already been updated several times to keep the jokes current, and Alessandrini shows no sign of slowing down the hilarity.
Other members in the creative team of this funny tour de force include choreographer Gerry McIntyre and costume designer Dustin Cross. Richard Danley and Fred Barton arranged the music, and casting director Michael Cassara has played a key role in Spamilton's success by finding just the right personalities to fill each role.
Similar to Spamilton Chicago
Fans who enjoyed their Spamilton Chicago tickets will no doubt enjoy the musical it so deeply parodies, Hamilton Chicago. For even more of Alessandrini's wonderfully funny satire, Forbidden Broadway is still running strong after more than 30 years in production.
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