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Spamilton NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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.' 

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Hilarious, Entertaining, Great writing, Ambitious, Clever

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.

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Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Parodic, Hits with no misses

See it if you've seen Hamilton or have been caught up in the Hamilton Zeitgeist; you enjoy musical satire and parody a la 'Forbidden Broadway'.

Don't see it if you don't have an appreciation for and knowledge of American musical theatre (beyond Lin-Manuel's universe). Read more

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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Time Out New York
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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Variety
September 9th, 2016

"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."
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Deadline
September 9th, 2016

"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."
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The Washington Post
September 8th, 2016

"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.'
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AM New York
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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Theatermania
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
September 9th, 2016

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 20th, 2017

“‘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."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 17th, 2016

"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."
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CurtainUp
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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New York Theater
September 8th, 2016

"'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."
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Broadway Blog
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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The Huffington Post
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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October 22nd, 2016

"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."
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Newsday
September 8th, 2016

"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."
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NorthJersey.com
September 9th, 2016

"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."
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Act Three - The Reviews
September 8th, 2017

"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."
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BroadwaySelect
October 4th, 2016

"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."
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PlaylistHQ
October 18th, 2017

"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."
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