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Spamilton

From 23 critic and 437 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious

About the show

A satirical musical about the biggest hit on Broadway, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the funnyman behind 'Forbidden Broadway.'  More…

Get ready to laugh at Gerard Alessandrini's parody of 'Hamilton' and all the fan mania it inspires (including his own). 'Spamilton' stars a young virtuoso cast, with special guest stars like Christine Pedi and other 'Forbidden Broadway' divas. 

1h 30m | Already closed | 47th Street Theatre (Midtown W)


90
BroadwayWorld

"The master parodist's masterpiece...While Alessandrini has always displayed a superior talent for clever wordplay in his parody lyrics, what makes 'Spamilton' such a remarkable work is that he keeps up with Miranda's intricate rhyme patterns...That's part of the brilliance of Gerard Alessandrini. Beneath the laughter and silliness, there's always an awareness of the fragile state of theatre." Full Review

90
Newsday

"It’s a terrific spoof that had to happen by the only artist we know with the theater understanding and the dark heart to be able to pull it off...The 75-minute gem has just five performers of mad versatility, plus two priceless guest artists...The show’s verbosity, the imperfect rhymes, the too-fast-to-comprehend speed are all fair game...The courage, the did-he-really-say-that moments, Fred Barton’s pianism and, of course, the wigs, are all marvelous." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

"Whether you're its biggest fan or, like me, a bit more skeptical of its achievements, there's something for you here...It isn't the equivalent of seeing the real thing, of course, but if, like millions of others, you can't get tickets to it, this will supercharge the experience of listening to the cast recording; or if you've already gone and want another perspective, this is as rational and clear-eyed a one as you're apt to find." Full Review

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
Variety

"Ingenious parody 'Spamilton' simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical. Much is owed to the agile five-member cast of actor-singer-spoofers, but the big kudos go to 'Forbidden Broadway' creator Alessandrini...The overall tone of the satire turns out to be sweet, only slightly sour and never savage. But what else could be expected from Alessandrini, who has Miranda pegged as a fellow theater lover who worships at the same cathedral of Sondheim." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"The work of the brilliant 'Forbidden Broadway' creator Gerard Alessandrini who has a way with words that are non-stop hysterical, filled with hysteria...With a tireless cast that has just been revamped and now in place, playing multi-roles, you’ll get the gist of this hip-hop/rap-driven revue that has some historical significance but enough to keep you interested and more than chuckling throughout...These Spam-ilites are wickedly funny with rapid-fire renderings that will make your head spin." Full Review

85
Act Three - The Reviews

"The master of parody strikes again...Thanks mostly to casting outstanding singers rather than just comedic actors, Alessandrini reaches the stratosphere of success with this latest hit...Rosales…captures the nuances of his real-life character. Ortiz can belt out a tune just like Audra McDonald...If you're even a tiny fan of musical theatre and enjoyed your 'Hamilton' experience, you will definitely enjoy this slightly more offbeat interpretation! Go see it, Mr. Burr, sir." Full Review

85
BroadwaySelect

"This romp isn’t merely all-'Hamilton,' all the time. There are references to two dozen other Tony-winning musicals and quite a few runners-up, too...The fun is that the actors greatly resemble the stars of 'Hamilton'...The four men and one woman do exhaustively yeoman work. They all sing well and hit the jokes to get the maximum laughter out of them...Despite a nicely sentimental ending, theatergoers get all the slings and arrows of outrageous Gerard Alessandrini." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

“‘Spamilton’ arrives in great shape…One of the reasons the show continues to provoke contented smiles and satisfying laughter is that it is at least as much a tribute to the world of musical theater as it is a satire of the form. While there are plenty of in-jokes to please the in-crowd, you don't need a Ph.D. in theater lore to have a great time…The move to midtown includes enough new material and revisions to its original production to make it well worth a revisit." Full Review

80
Deadline

"Alessandrini skillfully skewers 'Hamilton‘s' key numbers and dramatis personae, put across by a sensationally talented quintet. These actors are in the best tradition of sketch artists, capturing character with the perfectly timed arch of an eyebrow or shimmy of the hips. And they’re mad singer-dancers. Alessandrini’s script is frequently up to that calibre, launching an arsenal of belly-laughs from a quiver that also contains its share of dulled barbs." Full Review

80
PlaylistHQ

"The music is fantastically done. Most of the songs parodied are from 'Hamilton,' including 'His Shot' where he sings, 'I am not gonna let Broadway rot!'...Also, the cast does a great job with the lyrically dense numbers." Full Review

75
Lighting & Sound America

"A rebranded version of 'Forbidden Broadway' in a modified format, marked by bizarre, hilarious tangents...One is less amused by his lyrics than impressed by their sheer technical skill...As an object of satire, it proves to be surprisingly elusive. Alessandrini repeatedly struggles to find a big idea that would skewer 'Hamilton' in the manner of his classic takedowns...He is a tad lumbered by 'Hamilton's' inventiveness and youthful high spirits." Full Review

75
The Hollywood Reporter

"The resulting parody is so infectiously fun that it could easily run as long as its inspiration...The talented five-person ensemble exuberantly impersonate their Broadway counterparts...'Spamilton' is not quite up to the level of Alessandrini's best work. Clearly enamored of the show he's spoofing, he's pulled his punches here. Many of the barbs are far less pointed than usual, more often inducing smiles than guffaws...But it's nonetheless a fast-paced and funny 75 minutes." Full Review

75
AM New York

"The stage is small and the production values are limited, but the wit is plentiful...For the most part, 'Spamilton' operates as an overstretched sketch, lacking the fast and furious style of 'Forbidden Broadway'...'Spamilton' also tends to be cute instead of funny, which may be due to Alessandrini’s obvious affection for 'Hamilton.' 'Forbidden Broadway,' at its best, could be downright merciless. But 'Spamilton' is fun, no doubt about it." Full Review

75
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

75
Bob's Theater Blog

"I found some of the skits hard to follow. Some of the funniest moments are when Alessandrini wanders away from his main target and gives us scenes from fake musicals such as 'American Psycho in Paris' and 'The Lion King and I.' The cast are terrific...The amusing choreography by Gerry McIntyre gets maximum use out of a postage-stamp-size stage. While there are many hilarious moments, I found this show less consistently enjoyable than Alessandrini’s earlier efforts." Full Review

75
Broadway Blog

"Alessandrini is dancing with the devil with 'Spamilton,' tasked with re-writing material by a genius. For the most part, his writing sticks to the wall...The young cast is high on energy, and while all of impersonations may not resonate, there’s plenty there to keep the laughs coming...Alessandrini’s script works best when it sticks close to the 'Hamilton' source material. Several homages to Sondheim drag down the show’s pace." Full Review

75
The Washington Post

"Five young actors — who’d no doubt be contenders for roles in the real thing if they weren’t so busy sending it up at the Triad Theatre — do their very best to rain laughs down on their illustrious target. The results are decidedly hit-and-miss, with lame skits segueing into funnier material and back again. But that kind of unevenness is in the DNA of 'Forbidden Broadway.' Full Review

70
New York Theater

"'Spamilton' is as silly and knowing as its 'Forbidden Broadway' predecessors, and similarly hit and miss. The show’s greatest strength is its cast, five talented performers who capture the actors they are mimicking with impressive precision, to occasionally hilarious effect...Alessandrini is a master at coming up with new derisive lyrics to attach to familiar Broadway tunes...While he deserves kudos for tackling rap, it’s clearly not a form in which the author revels or excels." Full Review

70
The Huffington Post

"There are some worthy gems along the nose-thumbing way, and since this is Alessandrini after several decades of his Gerard-foolery, the results are mixed...Suspecting that there may not be 70 minutes of material to squeeze from Miranda's masterpiece, Alessandrini uses the show as a new 'Forbidden Broadway' op. He fares well enough with these...The huge saving graces throughout are Alessandrini's direction and Gerry McIntyre's choreography." Full Review

70
NorthJersey.com

"The result is thoroughly mixed.,,Alessandrini, whose unparalleled skill is finding the weak underbelly in a musical and then wittily skewering away, evidently had a hard time finding any soft spots in 'Hamilton'...He starts parodying other Broadway musicals and mores, in a kind of scattershot version of 'Forbidden Broadway'...'Spamilton' is not his best work, but he's much too clever a writer not to provide entertainment for theater buffs." Full Review

60
CurtainUp

"I admit to being able to catch only about half the lyrics, but what I did catch was amusing...All of the five terrific performers have great voices and talent to spare as they portray 'Hamilton's' revolutionary characters with winking wickedness...'Spamilton' doesn't outstay its welcome but it also makes its case early on and quickly. As such, there is the feeling that another regular edition of 'Forbidden Broadway' with just a 10-minute bashing of 'Hamilton' would have been just fine." Full Review


100
Funny, Clever, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of Hamilton and Lin Miranda, if you are looking for a fast moving original production that is hysterical with great singing.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious or dramatic work or a long show (This show is only 80 minutes).

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if If you loved Hamilton, u will adore this

Don't see it if You have no sense of what Hamilton is.

100
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like to be entertained, and enjoy smart and witty writing and talented performers.

Don't see it if You may need to know a little about what is happening in the theater. I don't think you needed to have seen HAMILTON to think this is funny.

100
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You can't get tickets to Hamilton and enjoy a show that makes fun of other Broadway productions.

Don't see it if You are expecting Hamilton. This is a spoof. Very clever, great singers who should be on Broadway.

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Brilliant parody of Hamilton! The cast is incredibly talented, and any one of them could actually play the same roles in Hamilton! Hilarious

Don't see it if If you don't like musical satire or parody such as Forbidden Broadway.

100
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Broadway with a sense of humor who loved Hamilton, but enjoyable to those who have not seen it

Don't see it if you hate satire.

100
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Broadway and love spoofs/parody. This is a clever version of Forbidden Broadway based in HAMILTON world. A great cast!

Don't see it if you prefer high drama. This is pure, light entertainment with a clever approach to get to your funny bone. Sit back and enjoy!

100
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if can't get tickets to Hamilton! Witty -we laughed every minute. You don't have to know Hamilton to love this show! Fabulous cast! Don't miss!

Don't see it if Just see it. It's got everything, and you don't have to know Hamilton to love this show, just musical theater. Funniest show in town!

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to have a great evening!! This hilarious show is really fun! A spectacular cast, clever lyrics and laugh out loud humor! LOVED IT!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a great spoof or have no sense of humor. You don't have to have seen Hamilton to thoroughly enjoy this terrific show!

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love stories that are innovative and tell a story in a new way, especially one that is usually a boring story.

Don't see it if You are crazy,

100
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You love musical theatre, history, rap, r&b & basically any genre under the sun

Don't see it if Your eyes an angry bitter person

100
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You're a Hamilton fan and can't get tickets to the actual show (or if you can get tickets but want to see something fun and different).

Don't see it if You've never seen any musicals. There are a whole lot of references that make the show so funny

100
Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a brilliant show

Don't see it if Well, just go see it

100
Clever, Edgy, Relevant

See it if bc it opened a new door for all musicals to come by introducing a new genre of music and theatre

Don't see it if it's unfortunately expensive

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You know the Hamilton CD word for word but can't afford to get into the show

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Broadway shows

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Outstanding historical presentation- learning tool for all ages - specifically young children too

Don't see it if Everyone will enjoy this play

99
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like to be entertained. actors were both funny and laughs were continuous Each scene was funnier then the next. A must see however

Don't see it if if you did not see either spamalot or hamilton you may be confused about the humor . Most of the skits were related to the two plays

98
Delightful, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You saw HAMILTON and loved it or you saw HAMILTON and hated it.

Don't see it if You don't like Broadway musicals.

98
Clever, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of musical theater. You don't have to see Hamilton to understand the jokes and references.

Don't see it if You don't like laughing.

97
Funny, Clever, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You enjoy parodies and satire.

Don't see it if You don't have a very good working knowledge of Hamilton. They don't explain the jokes so you must know the majority of the cast album.

97
Delightful, Must see, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if Fantastic night of theatre. Every moment keeps one engaged. Great talent on all counts.

Don't see it if Can't see any reason not to see it

96
Ambitious, Clever, Hilarious

See it if You're a fan of Broadway, present and past and especially if you love Hamilton.

Don't see it if You're new to the NYC theater scene because you'll miss a lot of the inside jokes, but it's still a great performance.

96
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Enchanting

See it if you want to have a helluva a lot of fun seeing a spoof of theatre. It helps to know about HAMILTON without having seen it or be a SUPERFan.

Don't see it if you've never seen a show. Or are a crazy HAMILTON fan who thinks anyone who says anything bad about the show should DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

96
Delightful, Intelligent, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Obsessed with Hamilton, enjoy clever word-play and parody, thrill to discover new talent, appreciate Broadway in-jokes

Don't see it if You don't know much about show business.

96
Clever, Hilarious

See it if You appreciate comedy, and you're familiar with the show Hamilton

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Hamilton


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