REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Spamilton” Opened with a ShowScore of 88

Show-Score | Sep 9, 2016
“Spamilton,” written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, opened on September  8, 2016 in New York City. “Spamilton,” written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, opened on September 8, 2016 in New York City.


11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 78.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Smart, silly and often convulsively funny...Those who know their 'Hamilton' will especially savor the meticulously warped mirror images of specific numbers...'Spamilton' has an energizing, free-associating euphoria that follows one theater obsessive’s prismatic 'mind at work.' Given that 'Hamilton' is itself a master at mixing anachronistic sensibilities, it feels appropriate that the fever dreams of 'Spamilton' turn into surreal Broadway musical mash-ups."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"The bulk of the show is carried by a jaw-dropping ensemble in multiple roles...They drive the hilarity all 75 minutes; the laughs are huge and nonstop, and let’s face it: 'Spamilton' may be the closest you get to 'Hamilton' without going broke or waiting for years. Beneath the jokes and bitchery, there is a genuine critique—and it goes beyond 'Hamiltonian' hegemony."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 75
"There's a bunch of material in 'Spamilton' that works, and just as much that doesn't. Alessandrini's writing is always best—and funniest—when the knives are sharp...The easier laughs are less impressive...Eighty minutes devoted to the mockery of a single piece of theater does get a little tiresome by the end...Still, the theater scene isn't the same without Alessandrini's brand of humor...While 'Spamilton' might not blow us all away consistently, it's impossible to say no to this production."

“Spamilton” was also reviewed by Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Wexler of Broadway Blog, Linda Winer of Newsday, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, David Finkle of The Huffington Post, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater.


The show was also reviewed by 55 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 90.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious

Jen6044, ShowScore: 89
See it if…"You love 'Hamilton' and other Broadway musicals. You'll enjoy the clever parodies and the fantastic singing. The performers were excellent." 
Don't see it if…"You have not seen 'Hamilton' or many other Broadway musicals -- you won't get most of the jokes. Or if you don't like bare-bones staging." 
Also…"For those who love 'Hamilton' this is a must-see show. A thoroughly enjoyable night of laughter and fun."
DaleAnderson, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"Clever, funny, extremely well-done, fast-paced, and just a wonderful evening. The cast was marvelous. They actually could've been in 'Hamilton!'"
Don't see it if…"I can't imagine why somebody wouldn't want to see this, but it is a cabaret bar not particularly comfortable but still a lot of fun."
Robert L NYC, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You love the music of 'Hamilton,' classic Broadway show tunes, and theater personalities."
Don't see it if…"You don't see musicals very often and prefer a big Broadway production. This show is parody of 'Hamilton' and other Broadway shows." 

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