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Spamilton

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing
85
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247 reviews
 

The Triad presents a satirical musical about the biggest hit on Broadway, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the funnyman behind 'Forbidden Broadway.' 

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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. Note: In addition to the ticket price, there is a two-drink minimum per person.

 
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Reviews (267)

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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

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

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
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

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
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
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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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86
Avg Score

92
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love Hamilton

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Hamilton

76
Dated, Hilarious

See it if you've seen Hamilton with the original cast, as well as most other Broadway shows from 2016, and like parody ala Forbidden Broadway.

Don't see it if you haven't seen the original cast of Hamilton or much else on Broadway; you won't get the jokes.

Also Unfortunately, although the show was very funny it is already out of d... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you're even remotely into the theater scene and know the landscape of shows currently on the boards.

Don't see it if you're not into theater and have a basic understanding of the shows currently on Broadway.

82
Funny, Clever, Must see, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you've seen Hamilton, or if you haven't seen Hamilton. Pokes fun even as it homages the juggernaut along with LMM, & misc other b'way shows.

Don't see it if you haven't seen Hamilton & don't want any hints of via satire of the thing itself.

Also Go 30-40min before the door to enter the Spam4Spam TEN CENT lotto. It'... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You're a Hamilgeek, or are obsessed with Lin Manuel Miranda. Very smart and funny and doesn't just go for the cheap easy puns.

Don't see it if You haven't seen Hamilton or weren't impressed with Hamilton or Lin Manuel Miranda.

82
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Hamilton and appreciate Forbidden Broadway parodies.

Don't see it if you aren't a Hamilton fan and don't know many other musicals, because you won't understand the references.

68
Ambitious, Great writing, Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Hamilton and want to laugh.

Don't see it if you're expecting something with non-stop laughs. There are definitely some lulls in it. It was not what it's set up to be.

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

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if You love comedy and musical theatre (and not just Hamilton). Like a cozy theatre with tables and chairs and serves drinks.

Don't see it if You have no interest in musical theatre besides Hamilton.

55
Funny, Disappointing

See it if you are obsessed with Hamilton and want to see everything that's even a little bit associated with it.

Don't see it if you are a fan of Forbidden Broadway and want something of that caliber. Some funny parts, but an awful lot of misses.

Also I definitely won't be going back to this theater. During the show they... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love musicals, appreciate Hamilton (whether you've seen it or not), and all things Broadway.

Don't see it if You dislike parodies or are not familiar with any other Broadway musicals (the jokes and references will just fly over your head).

80
Funny, Quirky, Relevant

See it if If you enjoyed Hamilton. Very entertaining.

Don't see it if If you didn't see Hamilton or are not familiar with many Broadway Shows you may not get all the references.

Also So my husband saw this show with me and he thought it was good but sai... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you have seen hamilton or want to

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of hamilton

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you love Hamilton, like Forbidden Broadway (same creative team). Very talented performers! Great fun!

Don't see it if looking for something more profound, or just a parody on Hamilton. This parody is a little broader, & more accessible even if orig not seen.

90
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you love musical comedies and have not seen Hamilton yet or you have seen it. Spamilton puts Hamilton in its Musical Comedy History place.

Don't see it if you don't love musicals and/or have never seen an American Musical. I guess there are people like this in the world.We hadn't seen the show.

Also (Am looking forward to Mr Alessandrini's take on 2017's game changer C... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you're a Forbidden Broadway completest or will see anything related to That Show.

Don't see it if you'll get sick of the same jokes over and over and will be too frustrated that this kept us from a proper FB edition this year.

69
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a group of actor's with great range perform many different types of music.

Don't see it if you are expecting an incisive critique of Hamilton. This show mostly piles on more praise.

Also It really is more of a new Forbidden Broadway, there is plenty of non-... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if ..you've got the Hamilton score memorized...if you're savvy about last year's shows. Great laughs. Rollicking fun.

Don't see it if you can't give over to the Off Off B'way feel of staging and theater. Very bare bones. Voices were uneven and minimal choreography.

85
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You can make fun of Hamilton, Lin Manuel, and the Broadway world in general.

Don't see it if You don't know a ton of Broadway show tunes or never listened to the Hamilton cast album. You don't like parodies.

89
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Fun, But too expensive!

See it if you love Hamilton inside and out - the show is great fun!

Don't see it if you haven't seen Hamilton

75
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you love Hamilton and want a laugh & have a few drinks to meet the minimum; some awesome talent in the cast

Don't see it if you haven't seen Hamilton and are unfamilar with musical theatre or else you'll miss the jokes

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!

76
Clever, Great singing, Fun atmosphere, For hamilton fans only

See it if You're a huge fan of Ham and LMM. Knowledge of Broadway show tunes helps.

Don't see it if You haven't seen Hamilton or dislike Ham-hype; you aren't familiar with Broadway. I'm a big fan but some of the Sondheim references lost me.

75
Overrated, Slow, Entertaining, Wears thin, Weak parody

See it if You've seen Hamilton and/or are familiar w/the score. You like parody. You're a fan of Christine Pedi.

Don't see it if You're looking for a consistent, sharp parody. You remember the former, superior Forbidden Broadway. A lot of the jokes here fall flat.

Also Don't forget to include the 2 drink minimum into your budget-and they'... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Great writing, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Hamilton and prepared to laugh at its expense.

Don't see it if you haven't seen Hamilton or don't enjoy the typical laughs of parody.