Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Dan Rosales, Juwan Crawley and Nora Schell in the Off-Broadway production of Spamilton at the Triad. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd.
Presented by Center Theatre Group
Created, Written, and Directed by Gerard Alessandrini
Choreography by Gerry Mcintyre
Music Supervision and Arrangements by Fred Barton
Music Direction by James Lent
Glenn Bassett, Susanne Blakeslee, Dedrick A. Bonner, Becca Brown, John Devereaux, Wilkie Ferguson III, William Cooper Howell, Elijah Reyes, Zakiya Young
Scenic, Prop Design: Glenn Bassett
Costume Design: Dustin Cross
Lighting Design: Karyn D. Lawrence
Sound Design: Adam Phalen
First Performance November 5, 2017
Opening November 12, 2017
Final Performance December 31, 2017
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The New York Times calls it convulsively funny! The Chicago Tribune says it will leave you howling with delight all night. It’s a theatrical phenomenon, a cultural touchstone, and a certifiable sensation. It’s the best show about Alexander Hamilton since…that other one.
After tearing it up in New York and Chicago, this hilarious parody from the comedic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway fulfills its manifest destiny by conquering the West Coast. Get in line now for Spamilton!
Marilyn Stasio of Variety mused, “Hip-hop, Broadway showtunes, Viennese waltzes – is there anything this guy can’t write? No, not ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Gerard Alessandrini, whose ingenious parody ‘Spamilton’ simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical.” And Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, “This smart, silly and often convulsively funny thesis, performed by a motor-mouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues, is the work of that eminent specialist in Broadway anatomy, pathology and gossip, Gerard Alessandrini.”
“We’re very excited about expanding the show a bit,” Alessandrini said. “We will also be adding up-to-date references to ‘Hamilton,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda and their impact on the current Broadway season.” Gerard Alessandrini is best known for creating and writing all 25 editions of “Forbidden Broadway” in Los Angeles, New York, London and around the world. Alessandrini was featured in the 1982 cast of “Forbidden Broadway” and can be heard on four of the 12 “Forbidden Broadway” cast albums.
Charles McNulty – Los Angeles Times
“Spamilton” infuses original insights into a show that without these kernels might seem tiresomely broad. The musical unfolds as a sort of dream of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who made “Hamilton” the “Camelot” of their administration. The production can get surreally silly at points, but Alessandrini treats Miranda’s masterpiece with the rambunctious love this watershed musical deserves.
Ellen Dostal – Broadway World
In a happy coincidence, both productions are currently running in LA, one in Culver City and the other in Hollywood. I happened to see them both for the first time within a week of each other, which only made it more obvious how remarkable each is in its own right.
Steven Stanley – Stage Scene LA
Imagine you’ve spent the past three-and-a-half decades spoofing New York’s buzz-worthiest musicals but this year there’s one megasmash that dwarfs the competition like no musical ever has before. If you’re Gerard Alessandrini, you write Forbidden Broadway 2017 and call it Spamilton, eighty minutes of Broadway satire at its funniest, cleverest, and most tuneful now getting its West Coast Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.