“Hamilton” is a revolution, but sometimes revolutions can be too full of themselves. “Spamilton” hilariously pokes fun at the hit show and current Broadway trends with a talented cast.
Gerard Alessandrini, the man behind “Forbidden Broadway,” has aimed his satirical genius at the Broadway smash and hits a bullseye with “Spamilton.” No one is safe in this production including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Disney, and Broadway.
While it’s not necessary to have seen “Hamilton,” to enjoy this parody you should listen to the soundtrack, know some of the original Broadway cast, and know a bit of Broadway history to get the full grasp of the jokes. Alessandrini turns soundtrack favorites like “My Shot” and”The Room Where it Happens” into “I Am Not Going to Let Broadway Rot” and “I Want to be in the Film When it Happens.” “What Did I Miss?,” which in “Hamilton” introduces Thomas Jefferson who asks what he missed while he was the ambassador to France, turns into “What Did You Miss?” a jab at the play’s break-neck speed and word-packed raps. As funny as King George III is in the original show, The Queen in “Spamilton” might be funnier as Adam Lasalle comes from behind the piano to sing “Straight is Back,” a lament of how Broadway has moved from gay protagonists to straight ones.
Trailer of the New York production of “Spamilton.”
The cast of “Spamilton” is so good that they could easily be plopped in the production at the PrivateBank Theatre and shine. Yando Lopez has the impossible task of portraying both Miranda and Hamilton and knocks it out of the park. Michelle Lauto has the talent to play all three Schuyler Sisters and more. Eric Andrew is the perfect foundation for all the madness happening in the show. David Robbins’ vocal range will get you out of your seats, and his part in a twist towards the end will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Donterrio Johnson as Daveed Diggs as the Fresh Prince is a mind bender that will keep you laughing.
For those who pray to the church of “Hamilton,” the humor is all in good fun. The evidence is in the fact that in the opening night performance a good amount of the Chicago cast of “Hamilton” was in attendance and couldn’t contain themselves with the hilarity they experienced. After seeing the New York production of “Spamilton” Lin-Manuel Miranda said “I laughed my brains out.”
“Spamilton” is running until May 28 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets range from $59—$99. For showtimes and more information visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com/shows.php?s=105.