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Off Broadway


Thomas Ellenson

Tired of all the hype surrounding the musical phenomenon "Hamilton" (And the fact that tickets are impossible to get)? Then head to the Triad theatre where the brand-new spoof "Spamilton" is playing by the creator of the long-running Off Broadway series "Forbidden Broadway." Note: I'll be posting a few spoilers below.

Lyrics: In classic "Forbidden Broadway" fashion, the show lampoons everything relating to "Hamilton," from the cast to the quick rap and hip-hop songs, and of course the star/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Gerard Alessandrini's lyrics are incredibly clever, and reference other musicals that opened this season (such as "Shuffle Along" and "American Psycho"). Alessandrini brilliantly took the rap melodies from "Hamilton" and his parody lyrics fit perfectly- some songs are so fast-paced that you have to listen carefully to get some of the jokes. Some highlights included the parody of "The Schuyler Sisters" sung by one actress holding two puppets, the "musical mashup" segment, the "You'll Be Back" spoof, and "I wanna be in the film where it happens." 

The Acting: The small cast of 5 (not including cameo appearances from other Forbidden Broadway regulars) were fantastic and spot-on when imitating the stars of Hamilton, especially the actors playing Daveed Diggs and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Just like in previous installments of "Forbidden Broadway," iconic Broadway divas such as Audra McDonald, Patti Lupone, and Bernadette Peters were parodied in a hilarious running gag about trying to get tickets to the sold-out phenomenon. This incredibly talented cast had to play many different roles and quickly switch from one character to another. 

My Opinion: If you are a theatre fanatic (or even just a fan of "Hamilton"), "Spamilton" is a must-see. The strictly limited run at the Triad is very close to selling out (there are only 18 performances), but to continue the theme of spoofing "Hamilton," they offer a ten cent lottery before each performance. I hope that "Spamilton" will continue to have a life after this run, and maybe grow into a full-blown installment of "Forbidden Broadway" soon. I give it 10/10 escapes!