"Broadway's been less crappy since he came."
Lin-Manuel Miranda is on a mission to save Broadway. Alarmed by the camp and pomp of many famous musicals, Lin-Manuel vows that he is "not going to let Broadway rot." Looking to bring something fresh to the scene, Lin-Manuel stumbles upon the idea of "Hamilton." By combining his love of hip-hop and musical theatre—and with a little advice from the "Yoda" of Broadway, Stephen Sondheim—Lin-Manuel creates the musical masterpiece that has taken the world by storm.
"Spamilton" created, written, and directed by Gerard Alessandrini is a musical fanatic's dream. Parodying not only songs from "Hamilton," but from a wide range of musicals (including "West Side Story," "Camelot," and "Company" to name a few), "Spamilton" lovingly pokes fun at Broadway. For a quick 80 minutes, we follow Lin-Manuel on his journey of theatrical revolution, and celebrate with him as he is finally knighted by Barack Obama (who we see at the beginning of the show cozying up to Michelle and listening to the "Hamilton" soundtrack) for having successfully saved Broadway.
A wildly talented ensemble— Dedrick A. Bonner, John Devereaux, Wilkie Ferguson III, William Cooper Howell, and Zakiya Young—takes on a whole host of characters from Leslie Odom Jr. to Audra McDonald. Of these five, Young is a true standout. She not only masters the ranges of alto and soprano divas alike, but her vocals give Renée Elise Goldsberry (who she impersonates for a good chunk of the show) a run for her money. Glenn Bassett delights audiences as King George with his one song—or rather, lament— "Straight Is Back," sung to the tune of "You'll Be Back," and delivered with sass and cynicism. Susanne Blakeslee is hilarious as a desperate diva trying to get tickets to see "Hamilton" (relatable).
With choreography (Gerry McIntyre) and costumes (Dustin Cross) reflective of the mother production, "Spamilton" parodies the show visually as well as musically. Prop puppets (Glenn Bassett) are creatively used to fill in for missing characters (with their help, Young plays all three Schuyler sisters).
With "Hamilton" playing over at the Pantages, it may seem like a bold move to stage a parody in the same city. However, all of the material is handled with such love that you know Lin-Manuel Miranda himself would laugh right along with you.
"Spamilton" will be playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre until January 7th, 2018. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Media Contact: CTGMedia@CTGLA.org / (213) 972-7376.