In this podcast about all things Hamilton, Hamilton-related, Hamilton-adjacent, or anything else in the Miranda universe, I (your host Gillian Pensavalle) talk to guests (and my sometimes co-host/all times husband Michael Paul Smith) about such things as: how Hamilton brings people together, how we find Ham references in everyday life, and the general brilliance of the show. I'm proud to say that we've spoken to almost everyone from the original creative team (aka "The Cabinet") including the man himself: Lin-Manuel Miranda. In addition, I've had cast members from every company, crew members, musicians, creatives, and the hard working people that keep the production alive. I've also had to pleasure of speaking to experts on the show and its history, some of my superfan friends of note, celebrity Ham enthusiasts, and everything in between. When I started this podcast in January of 2016, I could not have imagined the incredible community that has grown around the show and the amazing experiences that have come my way. Thank you to everyone who has listened, appeared on the show, contributed, or reached out in any way. This podcast is for you and I absolutely love making it. If you have any great Ham stories or funny references that you've come across, let me know! Email TheHamilcast [at] gmail [dot] com, or contact me on social media @TheHamilcast. I also have a Patreon that has given rise to the loveliest corner of the internet, ever. You can learn more about how to be a part of that lovely corner, and how to submit questions to guests, and to be part of my monthly AMA's at https://www.patreon.com/TheHamilcast
This is the second half of my chat with Hamilton Broadway's Deon'te Goodman (Ensemble and cover for George Washington/Hercules Mulligan/James Madison/and Aaron Burr). We go in even more in his Hamilton journey, and then take deep dives into EACH of the characters he plays. You do not want to miss this. Enjoy!!
This week is my first episode with Hamilton Broadway's Deon'te Goodman (Ensemble and cover for George Washington/Hercules Mulligan/James Madison/ and Aaron Burr)! We talk about his training in classical music, how he chooses roles that lead to important conversations, his audition process for Hamilton, and so much more! Come hang!!
This week wraps up my completely joyous chat with Jennie Harney-Fleming (Hamilton Broadway's Angelica/Eliza/Peggy cover)! We go in on how she prepares to play each sister, working with Carvens Lissaint on his Target Practice album, and of course... more Bob's Burgers! Come hang!!
This week kicks off my INCREDIBLE episodes with Jennie Harney-Fleming (Hamilton Broadway's Angelica/Eliza/Peggy standby)! This week we talk about her Brooklyn roots and passion for teaching, making her debut in Hamilton on Broadway and then immediately being flown out to San Fransisco, and her journey to making her Broadway debut in The Color Purple! Enjoy!!
Gregory Treco (Hamilton Broadway/CHI) recently lost his husband Rich Affannato. Rich was a wonderful person and Mike and I are sending all of our love to Greg during this time. This short announcement has all of the information from Gregory Treco himself, and below are resources and ways you can help.
This weeks wraps up my series with Kyle Scatliffe (Former Hamilton Broadway and Philip Tour's Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) and we close out by continuing our deep-dive into all things Hamilton, how he came to join the cast, and what the transition was like from the Philip Tour to Broadway.
This week is episode two of my chat with Kyle Scatliffe (Former Hamilton Broadway and Philip Tour's Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson). We talk vocal health, working with John Doyle on The Color Purple, and yes; we finally get into the Hamilton of it all. Enjoy! This episode was recorded way back in September, when FLS was still on Broadway. Their last performance (for now) was on 01/12/20 but please keep following them on socials to see what comes next! Twitter: @freestylelove Instagram: @freestylelovesupreme
Kyle Scatliffe (Former Hamilton Broadway and Philip Tour's Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) is on the pod for three INCREDIBLE episodes! This week we discuss how he grew up playing basketball, playing Jud Fry in 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Oklahoma!, and what it was like being nominated for an Olivier for his performance in The Scottsboro Boys.
What an incredible year this has been!! In the last episode of 2019, we talk everything from BroadwayCon to Freestyle Love Supreme, peep meets to opening night parties, and so much more! Plus we answer your questions about what happens behind the scenes and what's to come!
Thank you so much to all of the listeners, peeps, and every single person I've interviewed this year for all of your support. This podcast would not happen without you and I am so so grateful. Now LEZ GO 2020!
This week we wrap up my incredibly fun and inspiring chat with Aneesa Folds (Freestyle Love Supreme). We go in on the the Broadway run of FLS, performing with UTK on his debut, being one of two women to join the company for the first time, and so much more! Enjoy!
This. is. episode. TWO of my chat with Aneesa Folds of Freestyle Love Supreme!! We talk about the first time she was asked to perform with FLS, her bananas audition process for the Broadway production, and the extreeemely brief rehearsal process!
YOUNG NEES IS ON THE TRACK AND IT'S ABOUT TO BE CRAZY! This is part one of my chat with Aneesa Folds (Freestyle Love Supreme) and it was an absolute blast. This week we talk about the FLS academy, being a fan of Hamilton since the White House performance, opening night of Freestyle Love Supreme, and so much more!
I absolutely loved my chat with Kaila Mullady (Kaiser Roze in Freestyle Love Supreme), she is just unreal. We talk about Lightship, a program that Kaila and her boyfriend Mark created that uses beatboxing as a tool for speech therapy, plus Kaila gives Mike (you know Mike) and I a beatboxing lesson!! Enjoy!
Kaila Mullady (Kaiser Roze in Freestyle Love Supreme) is seriously out of this world. This week we talk about how she broke onto the beatbox scene, her audition process for Freestyle Love Supreme, and what it was like to get the call (from Shockwave!) that she would be making her broadway debut!
In part three of my epic trilogy with Mike Anthony (Bar Manager at the Richard Rodgers) and Mike (you know Mike) we discuss how butterflies have become a very specific symbol in M.Ant's life, the horribleness that is people selling fake tickets to Hamilton, and how Hamilton invokes an emotional reaction in people unlike any other show he's ever seen. And of course so much more! PART THREE LEZ GO! Derren Brown: Secret https://derrenbrownsecret.com/ This Official Hamilton Cocktail Recipe Is the Next Best Thing to Scoring Tickets: https://people.com/food/hamilton-musical-cocktail-recipe-lin-manuel-miranda This Wonderful Life - The Theater at Monmouth http://theateratmonmouth.org/plays/this-wonderful-life/
In the second episode of my hang with Mike Anthony (Bar manager at the Richard Rodgers) and Mike (you know Mike) we talk about M.Ant seeing Hamilton for the first time, how the Richard Rodgers is most definitely haunted, plus we get pretty emotional when talking about grief and mediumship. It gets real, but we have fun too I promise. Here we go! Got Milk? Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLSsswr6z9Y #100: Grind to the rhythm as we wine and dine: https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-100-grind-to-the-rhythm-as-we-wine-and-dine/ Mike Anthony’s Facebook post about his friend Rasik: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158523362854692&set=a.273755529691&type=3&theater Mike Anthony on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikeanthony91 Aladdin’s Hamilton Parody https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1rmKYaflq4
Mike Anthony (Bar Manager at the Richard Rodgers) truly encapsulates the meaning of "built palaces out of paragraphs" in the first episode of our epic three part series! This week Mike shares how he came to be the bar manager at the Rodgers, why he refers to Lin-Manuel Miranda as "the cup guy", and the difficulties of being face to face with the elected officials of our current administration. We also discuss how lovely and warm the Obamas are and how M.Ant met President Obama while going to get ice for the bar! Mike Anthony on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikeanthony91 Brandon Victor Dixon and the cast of Hamilton address VP-Elect Mike Pence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0gDpscFucI Acceptance Speech: Lin-Manuel Miranda - Best Book of a Musical (2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jehrbUGdlE Rory O’Malley on The Hamilcast: https://www.thehamilcast.com/171-rory-omalley-hamiltons-king-george-iii/ President Obama at New York City Fundraiser: https://www.c-span.org/video/?400120-2/president-obama-york-city-fundraiser Yes We Can Obama Song by will.i.am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fZHou18Cdk The First Lady Delivers Remarks at "Hamilton at the White House" Workshop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTrF1MyAjYA
Part Two of my hang with Austin Scott (Hamilton Broadway's Alexander Hamilton) is here! Austin is taking a deep dive into Alexander Hamilton himself: was he really a womanizer? How did it all change between Hamilton and Burr? What is going through his mind during the final duel? Not to mention Eliza's final moment! We also talk Austin's appearance on FX's Pose, how crystals and meditation are his self care, and how much he loves the stage door.
Austin Scott (Hamilton Broadway's Alexander Hamilton) is on the pod this and next week! This week we're talking all about the Cabinet Battles, we show love for Andy Blankenbuehler and Thomas Kail, and learn why people at the Richard Rodgers confuse Austin for Nik Walker. We also have a super real conversation about slavery and the many flaws of The Founding Fathers.
Here's the second half of my most recent chat with Ashley Graffeo (listener favorite, NYC teacher, EduHam participant, and 🎤my best friend! 🎤). Ash gives more details about #HamiltonLDN, we totally geek out about history, and we have a great and vital conversation about queer visibility in the classroom. And yes, the dogs are still there. SWOON.
Ashley Graffeo (listener favorite, NYC teacher, EduHam participant, and 🎤my best friend! 🎤) is back on the pod after returning from a solo trip to London to tell me how much she loved seeing the West End production of Hamilton. We also talk about all the Harry Potter fun she had all the way across the sea, and if you haven't seen Documentary Now!'s Original Cast Album: Co-Op episode... now seems like a good time. And Pete and Alfie (DOGS!) were present! This was so, so much fun.
Live from New York, it's Sunday afternoon! I introduced my dear friend Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) to Hamilton by taking him to a Sunday matinee in the middle of a heatwave. Then we met up with Mike and talked about Raj's (Horatio's nickname) experience. Spoiler: he loved it! There's laughing, there's singing, there are non-sequiturs, there's a lot going on. This episode is off the rails from the very beginning. Enjoy!
Thank you for coming to the #HamiltonCHI party! This is the third episode of the party recording but the fifth and final episode of my series covering my Chicago Adventure. Mike and I were joined by Dylan Hoffinger (Man 1), Akron Watson (Aaron Burr), Tamar Greene (George Washington), and Justin Bryant (Man 3). I hope you had a blast! Get home safe!
Welcome to the #HamiltonCHI party! This is the second episode of the party recording but the fourth episode of my series covering my Chicago Adventure. Mike and I were joined by Dylan Hoffinger (Man 1), Akron Watson (Aaron Burr), Tamar Greene (George Washington), and Justin Bryant (Man 3). I hope you're having a great time!
Welcome to the #HamiltonCHI party! Mike and I were joined by Ebrin Stanley (Mulligan/Madison), Nikki Renee Daniels (Angelica Schuyler), Dylan Hoffinger (Man 1), Akron Watson (Aaron Burr), and Tamar Greene (George Washington). Have fun and stay tuned a different crew of guests next week!
Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Hamilcast:
Miguel Cervantes (#HamiltonCHI’s Alexander Hamilton) was generous enough to find some time to record and we had such a great time. From the story of asking Gillian to be a stand in (seriously), to breaking down the role of Alexander Hamilton, to playing trivia with the listeners, we covered a lot of ground.
The Hamilcast Goes to Las Vegas
I went to Chicago and Mike met me there and we had a bit of a weekend! It kicked off with a #PitSit on Thursday, which means I GOT TO SIT IN THE PIT WITH THE MUSICIANS DURING A PERFORMANCE AND THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. The rest of the weekend involved #HamiltonCHI, #HamEx, an amazing listener meetup, and recording with cast members! Hamilton is the best. The end.
Welcome, folks! TO WILL WELLS' STUDIO?! Part Two of my hang with Will Wells (Hamilton's Electronic Music Producer) takes place in his studio where he shows me all the details of the samples he made and worked on for the Hamilton album.
Episode #128: Alex Lacamoire Part Three:
Nikki Yanofsky | Little Secret
Will Wells is Hamilton’s Electronic Music Producer and is responsible for #HipHopHorse (aka #RoboWhinny), those badass rhythmic bullets, and a ton of other samples you love so much. In his first episode, Will talks about how he got this rad job and his journey with The Cabinet™. WILL WELLS IN THE BUILDING!
In the second half my hang with Karl Queensborough (Alexander Hamilton cover in London) and Mike (you know Mike) we have some authentic New York City desserts, speak in a bunch of different accents, and have a full on Hamilton love fest. WE LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH, YOU GUYS.
Karl Queensborough (Alexander Hamilton cover in London) came from all the way across the sea to hang out with me and Mike! We give Karl his very first slice of New York City pizza, hear about his Hamilton journey, and some of the craziest things that have happened to him on stage while performing the show in the West End.
Abby Jaros (Hamilton's Philip Company) and her dog Ernie are back for another episode! In part two of our hang we talk about Ernie as Hamilton roles, hard lessons Abby learned while in Hamilton, and of course... Ouidad.
Abby’s SNL appearance
Abby Jaros (Ensemble, Hamilton’s Philip Company) brought her dog Ernie over for a super fun chat about Hamilton and all the things! Mike joins us as we talk about Abby’s manifestation abilities, how dancing chose her, and a behind-the-curtain look into that tour life. We haven't seen Abby since she was on the big Vegas recording so it was great to hang with her again. DID I MENTION ERNIE THE DOG WAS THERE TOO?!
Patrick Vassel, Hamilton's Associate & Supervising Director, rounds out his episodes with details about those scary work sessions we've heard about from so many actors (finally), fills us in on The Character Constitution, and talks about the upcoming productions in Australia and Hamburg, Germany.
Patrick Vassel, Hamilton's Associate & Supervising Director, is back this week to talk moving from The Public to Broadway, the joy and misery of tech, and how The Cabinet (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire, and Andy Blankenbuehler) established and continue to keep an extraordinary amount of trust among eeryone working on the show. Oh! And PDV raps cut lyrics from two songs, with explicit permission from Lin-Manuel, who texted us during the recording.
Patrick Vassel, Hamilton's Associate & Supervising Director, stops by for an extremely deep dive into how Hamilton runs smoothly as it continues to expand all over the world. In his first episode PDV talks about how he landed this badass job, explains how he does it, and shows all the love for director Thomas Kail.
Paul Tazewell's 2016 Tony Acceptance Speech:
Patrick Vassel Notre Dame Commencement 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ_jhr15yjs
Hello! A message from the King! (Get it? Because Rory O'Malley has been in both The Book of Mormon *and* Hamilton). Join me as I hang out with the kind, funny, warm, and super talented Rory O'Malley! Rory talks about what it's like to be a brand new father, he tells me his Hamilton story and his experience playing King George III on Broadway and the first national tour, and we bond over podcasting. Plus, we talk The Book of Mormon including sage advice about King George III from Andrew Rannells, what KGIII and Elder McKinley have in common, and Rory does one hell of a Josh Gad impression. Twitter: @RoryOMalley Instagram: @MrRoryOMalley Marc Tumminelli http://www.broadwayworkshop.com/faculty-bio/marc-tumminelli/ Patrick Hinds and Steve Tipton on The Strangers Podcast http://www.storycentral.org/two-men-and-a-baby-the-final-episode/ Nerds on Twitter https://twitter.com/nerdsmusical HAMILTON #Ham4Ham "Congratulations" with Renée Elise Goldsberry 8/31/16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7K7pvJB27w The Twitter Song from Nobody Loves You https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/in-performance-rory-omalley-of-nobody-loves-you/ Living the Dream with Rory O'Malley http://roryomalley.com/podcast Geffen Playhouse Unscripted https://www.podcastone.com/geffen-playhouse-unscripted Broadway Impact https://twitter.com/broadwayimpact https://beltthevote.org/
Arthur Lewis (Freestyle Love Supreme's Arthur the Geniuses) back! This week we're taking an even DEEPER dive into the inner workings of Freestyle Love Supreme and the power of practice, practice, practice. Arthur also talks about the moving improvised tribute FLS did for him during a recent show, what's like knowing Lin-Manuel Miranda for almost your entire life, and yes he tells The Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Story™. All links available at thehamilcast dot com.
Arthur Lewis (Freestyle Love Supreme's Arthur the Genius) is here talking FLS, his journey as a musician, and his favorite music of the moment. Arthur's insight into how and why Freestyle Love Supreme works so well is eyeopening and inspiring. Full show notes and links at thehamilcast dot com.
Anthony's third episode opens with an emotional story involving Freestyle Love Supreme's own Arthur Lewis (Arthur the Geniuses), a significant loss, and how the crew grieved together live on stage during FLS' most recent run. After a pizza break, Anthony answers more questions from the Patreon Peeps including how his daughters reacted to seeing him at FLS, how much he loves being in a classroom, and a new way to sing "Your Obedient Servant." (links at thehamilcast dot com)
Anthony Veneziale (aka Two Touch) kicks off his second episode with his Hamilton experience, from Lin-Manuel Miranda calling him as Hercules Mulligan to seeing it in previews at The Public. We also have a therapy session about why freestyling seems so terrifying and why people (especially women) have been hardwired to think that way. Plus, Anthony explains how Freestyle Love Supreme stays positive in this political climate. And then Mike comes home and we order pizza! (links at thehamilcast dot com)
Anthony Veneziale (Freestyle Love Supreme's Two Touch) is here and oh mannnnnn did we have one hell of a conversation. In his first episode Anthony talks about the FLS origin story (including freestyling with Tommy Kail on a road trip, getting Cool Points from Chris Jackson, and working on In The Heights), the brain science behind improvisation, and the importance of bringing women and people of color into the space he's created.
(full show notes at TheHamilcast dot com)
In Marc’s second episode, Marc talks about how it still doesn’t feel real that he’s in Hamilton. He also tells me about the pressure and responsibility of playing Hamilton on Broadway and we have a long and meaningful conversation about the importance of representation. Marc opens up about growing up as an Asian-American and how the lack of representation played a large role in how he saw himself and others.
Marc de la Cruz recently made history as the first ever Asian American actor to play the role of Hamilton on Broadway. After falling in love with In the Heights and realizing what was possible on Broadway, he wondered if he’d ever get the chance to work with The Cabinet and SPOILER it’s happening!! In Marc’s first episode, we talk about his journey to Broadway and his experiences with High School Musical, If/Then, and Allegiance
Mike Moise’s third episode covers a LOT of ground. In addition to lots more Hamilton goodness Mike talks about playing softball with the cast and crew of Hamilton in the Broadway Show League, why A Winter’s Ball into Helpless is one of the most satisfying (heyooo!) parts of the show to conduct, and we go INNNNNNNNN on Leonard Bernstein and West Side Story.
In Mike Moise’s second ep, we really get into the #TeamMusic of it all. From what he does for his pre-Hamilton piano warmup, to diving into the amazingness of What’d I Miss and The Room Where It Happens, to how he taught himself to play Ableton tracks and saving the show by playing them during a performance, Mike has stories for days! Not to mention the story about Chris Jackson that starts at a Marshalls and ends on the golf course.
Mike Moise, Hamilton’s Assistant Conductor, is super fun and full of energy. He started his music career at four years old by plunking out Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera BY EAR and by the end of his first episode Mike tells us the story of playing Andy Blankenbuehler’s Cats for ALW himself. But before that, Mike tells the story of how he had lived in NYC for less than a week before Sir Alex Lacamoire called him in to audition for Hamilton.
In this episode, Scott Wasserman (Hamilton's Ableton Programmer) shows love for #HamiltonPR, talks his podcast Song Salad, and goes in on his experience working on Lin-Manuel Miranda's 21 Chump Street.
Shockwave on the basic beat:
21 Chump Street:
Scott Wasserman, Hamilton's Ableton Programmer, is back this week and on this episode we REALLY dive into how Ableton is used in the show. Scott breaks down how Ableton is used in Ten Duel Commandments, the rewind in Satisfied, The Reynolds Pamphlet, and more! We also talk about musical gems in Wait For It, Non-Stop, and Blow Us All Away.
Scott Wasserman is Hamilton's Ableton Programmer, and one of the nicest and most fun people around. Scott has been with Hamilton since the beginning and in this first episode he talks about how he helped create the sounds and effects not played by the (incredibly talented) orchestra. We talk the Vassar workshop, where you can (and can't!) still hear the original Broadway cast in current tour productions, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's amazing #HamiltonPR sitzprobe thread.
Euan Morton (KGIII in Hamilton Broadway) is back again this week! We talk Taboo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Doctor Who, and tons of Hamilton stories including forgetting King George III's crown (twice!) and how Euan will occasionally fangirl over his fellow castmates at the stage door.
Grand Canyon Trust
Euan Morton, Hamilton Broadway's current King George III stops by for some conversation, cocktails, and general mischief. We laugh our way through everything from his Hamilton audition to Wayne Newton. Enjoy part one!
Iain Loves Theatre's Rewrite of Hamilton performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yqXlN7NdG4
Wayne Newton - Danke Schoen (1968) Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRPILZS1hc8
Greetings from Puerto Rico! Again! Well not really, but Mike and I went to PR to see Hamilton and we had so much to say that I had to split our recording into two episodes. We tell you about our full #HamiltonPR experience from meeting listeners, to hanging with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast backstage, and of course the performance itself. We also tell you about the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, and the many reasons you should visit!
Greetings from Puerto Rico! Well, not really, but Mike and I went to PR to see Hamilton and we had so much to say that I had to split our recording into two episodes. We tell you about our full #HamiltonPR experience from meeting listeners, to hanging with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast backstage, and of course the performance itself. We also tell you about the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, and the many reasons you should visit!
The theme of Kurt Crowley's third episode (and all of his episodes, really) is "beautifully nerdy." We talk Kurt's impeccable mashups, conducting big moments in the show (the big WAITs in "Wait For It" and that final moment with Eliza), and Kurt gives advice for anyone who wants to be a Broadway musician.
Kurt Crowley is back for round two and this week we're talking about how Hamilton has its very own Department of the Treasury (aka the music department) and how they are - still! - constantly making sure the music is on the up and up. Kurt also gives insight into the rehearsal process now that HamFans are being cast in the show and they have to unlearn the album, which is a lot harder than you may think. AND! Kurt goes in on the "Toronto/Company Screams in Chaos" part of "The Room Where it Happens."
Kurt Crowley, Hamilton Broadway's music director, kicks of 2019 with three mindblowing episodes. In this first episode Kurt pulls back the curtain on the #SNOB tradition (Saturday Night on Broadway), tells stories from the earliest days of Hamilton, goes in on his friendship/working relationship with Alex Lacamoire, and plays tons of motifs and musical gems because OF COURSE I MADE SURE THE KEYBOARD WAS PRESENT!
Welllllll it happened! After countless requests from listeners, my parents Attilio and Barbara Pensavalle are on the pod! We talk about how they recently (finally!) saw Hamilton, their thoughts on the podcast, and lots of love for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tommy Kail, and Alex Lacamoire. Mike joins us (with a great cocktail) and the pups Pete and Alfie were in the room as well. Enjoy!
YOU GUYS LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA DJ'D DEANNA'S WEDDING AND SHE TELLS THE WHOLE STORY AND IT'S AMAZING. We also talk about Deanna's fantastic problem solving skills, how to balance work and friendship, and The Naked Wall™ (yes it's a thing and yes you get all the details!).
Hamilton Broadway's assistant stage manager, Deanna Weiner, is back again with more stories from the early development stages of the production. From Lin-Manuel Miranda padding around in his slippers to the importance of a Burger King crown for director Tommy Kail, Deanna was actually in the room where it happened.
Deanna Weiner, the assistant stage manager for Hamilton on Broadway, is here to blow your mind. Deanna has been with the show since the early workshop days at The Public (we're talking 2013, fam) and has so much intel it's crazy. This episode covers Deanna's journey to Hamilton (oh hai Meryl Streep and Brian Cox and Stephen Sondheim and Ariana Grande to name a few) and how being randomly assigned to work on reading of a little thing called The Hamilton Mixtape changed her life.
Morgan Marcell is back this week with lots of Bandstand/Andy Blankenbuehler love! We also talk Moulin Rouge, performing at The White House for the Obamas, and that now legendary Ham4Ham when Morgan performed My Shot (as Alexander Hamilton!) with the ladies of Hamilton: An American Musical.
HAMILTON Ham4Ham 1/3/16 with The Ladies of HAMILTON by Howard Sherman
Morgan Marcell is a force, you guys. From OBC Hamilton (and OBC Bandstand!), to working on The Fosse/Verdon Project with The Cabinet™, to making her directorial debut with Sharing Our Stories: The Eliza Project (plus TON of other projects), Morgan will inspire the hell out of you. Morgan's first episode covers her journey to Hamilton, love for Thomas Kail, and a story about paRTYING WITH PRINCE!!! WHAT ON EARTH?!
My lovefest with Hamilton Broadway's Lexi Garcia this week! Lexi goes IN on Woman 2, you guys are going to love it. It's such a technical track and Lexi gives so many great details from props to choreography. We also talk EduHam, falling on stage, the true awe of being in Hamilton: An American Musical.
*This episode contains a brief conversation about bulimia around 17:45 and lasts roughly two minutes.*
Hamilton Broadway's Lexi Garcia is a gem and this episode is a front row seat to the bonding that happened between us during this recording. Lexi talks about her deep love for powerful women and tells her story from not being able to afford the Hamiltome to being cast in Hamilton on Broadway.
AND! Lexi shares a gorgeous story about a woman named Ruth and I have to find her! #FindRuth
Here it is! The third and final (sad face!) episode with Solea Pfeiffer and Ryan Vasquez. We talk a lot about James Reynolds, praise costume designer and genius Paul Tazewell, and Ryan and Solea talk about what they've learned about themselves and each other thanks to their experience working together in Hamilton. And as Solea says, we're taking it to the streets and calling out Neil Haskell to be on the podcast! #GoNeilOrGoHome
Solea Pfeiffer and Ryan Vasquez are back and this week we hear about Ryan's crazy audition story (and his ability to avoid the Hamilton album... except for Eliza's tracks and oh yeah THE TONY AWARDS), and both Ryan and Solea talk about their first time performing together as Hamilton and Eliza. There's also lots of love for other Hamilton company members and Solea talks about how meaningful the role of Eliza was to her.
Solea Pfeiffer and Ryan Vasquez are here! Solea originated Eliza on the First National Tour of Hamilton aka The Angelica Tour. On that same tour Ryan covered Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, George Washington, James Reynolds, Philip Schuyler, and The Doctor. Ryan is now in Hamilton's Broadway company covering those same roles and this amazing couple came over to talk to me about their relationship, careers, and what it was like for a real life couple to play Hamilton and Eliza on stage.
Wallace Smith is back for round two and this week we take a deep dive into Wallace's audition story (and how Lin-Manuel Miranda speCIFICALLY REQUESTED THE YORKTOWN RAP AHHHH) and the Madison/Jefferson dynamic. We also sing the praises of so many Hamilton peeps including James Monroe Iglehart, Tommy Kail, Alex Lacamoire, Chris Lee, Paul Tazewell, Karen Olivo, and more!
Wallace Smith, Hamilton Broadway's Hercules Mulligan/James Madison is on the pod this and next week! In this episode Wallace tells me about coming to the Broadway company from the Chicago cast, how he first heard about Hamilton to begin with, and we give a lot of much deserved love to the badass teachers out there. Oh, and apparently there were three random gummi bears on the stage the night before he came over? I will never stop laughing about it. Enjoy!
I had a blast hanging with original Chicago company member Gabriella Sorrentino! Gabby joins me to talk about the suuuuper intense job of being a dance captain, her recent Broadway debut, and her work with Katie's Art Project. Ya know, just two New York City gals bonding and talking about Hamilton LIKE YA DO!
Katie's Art Project:
Buy "It's Beautiful" performed by Gabriella Sorrentino and Jimmie Jeter (Hamilton Chicago):
Hamilton West End's very own Jamael Westman is here! This was a last minute recording and unfortunately happened during a hundred degree heat (Seriously. Please excuse the noise of the fan.), but when A.Ham comes from all the way across the sea, you record with him! Jam does his first ever Burr's Corner and talks about some of the mayhem that has occured on stage! Plus we talk about the differences between US and UK audiences, legacies, and the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Hamilton Broadway's Sean Green Jr. (Ensemble, Mulligan/Madison, Washington, Burr) is back for round two! This week, Sean tells us how the badass women in his life shaped who he was and helped him get to Broadway. He also gets super honest about blowing off his very first Hamilton audition (I KNOW), why Aaron Burr is so his vibe, how everything in his life led him to Hamilton, and oh yeah how there's a book of 19th century erotica that the ensemble members read on stage during the shOW IT IS BANANAS!!!
Hamilton Broadway's Sean Green Jr. (Ensemble, Mulligan/Madison, Washington, Burr) is full of energy and honesty and we go in on all the things! Sean tells a *crazy* story about going on for Mulligan/Madison for the first time and how it resulted in a bad injury, a month off, overwhelming anxiety, and lots of self-reflection. Sean also talks about growing up in Philly, plays audio messages from his Dad, and gets a surprise FaceTime from an old friend. We had a blast!
Hamilton set designer David Korins stops buy to drink martinis, eat olives, do headstands, talk about the upcoming #Hamiltent exhibition (OH MY GOD YOU GUYS IT SOUNDS AMAZING), why the original turntables had to recently be replaced, and why The Cabinet™ can only get nicer and more generous. But David isn't just about Broadway so we talk about many of his other projects and he gives a *lot* of excellent advice.
The final installment of #LasVegust with Hamilton's Philip Company! Here's the second half of my hang with cast members Nik Walker, Kyle Scatliffe, Shoba Narayan, Ta'Rea Campbell, Elijah Malcomb, Tyler McKenzie, Conroe Brooks, and Abby Jaros, as well as musicians Austin Burket, Buffi Jacobs, and Lily Ling. I miss Vegas already! Massive thank you to the Neiman Marcus Cafe on Las Vegas Blvd!
#LasVegust continues with Hamilton's Philip Company! This week is the first part of my hang with cast members Nik Walker, Kyle Scatliffe, Shoba Narayan, Ta'Rea Campbell, Elijah Malcomb, Tyler McKenzie, Conroe Brooks, and Abby Jaros, as well as musicians Austin Burket, Buffi Jacobs, and Lily Ling. This was so fun! Massive thank you to the Neiman Marcus Cafe on Las Vegas Blvd!
Welcome to three weeks of Hamilton's Philip Company in Las Vegas!
First up, Fergie Philippe (Mulligan/Madison). Fergie is the one of the main reasons I went to Vegas (Tyler McKenzie & Julian Ramos helped), and he unfortunately couldn't make the big recording with members of the Philip Company. Since Fergie is the nicest, he asked if he could still be part of #LasVegust and offered to come to hang in our hotel room and chat about Hamilton and tour life.
In Alex Lacamoire's third episode Alex talks about how electronic sounds are used in Hamilton, why the orchestrations of It's Quiet Uptown destroy us every single time we listen to it, more musical themes, and finally... we do Barbershop Beastie Boys. Alex, please come back!
(It's Quiet Uptown is discussed and played from 12:00-14:45 and again from 16:30-21:05)
Aesop Rock - 1,000 O'Clock:
This week we dive into Lin-Manuel Miranda's favorite arrangements and how Alex Lacamoirecame to make them: Yorktown (YAS!), Wait For It (YOU'RE NOT READY), One Last Time ("f@%k you strings!"), and That Would Be Enough (Lin hasn't heard this yet - yes, there were tears). Oh! AND! Alex plays an exclusive track you can't hear anywhere else called "Hamilton Finale Idea" and while neither Alex, LMM, nor Thomas Kail remember exactly what it was for I can promise you that your world will never be the same.
Alex Lacamoire is here! Get ready, you guys, your minds are about to be blown. Mike joins me for #JuLac and in this first episode, Alex tells us all about The Schuyler Sisters, the Hamilton song that went through the most changes. But he doesn't just tell us... he brought all the demos so we get to HEAR the evolution of the song. And! Alex plays his favorite Hamilton song in the style of Billy Joel, Rush, Fiona Apple, and Tori Amos. This episode is packed. We had the most fun ever and I hope you love it.
Tommy Kail is back again this week and I am reminded, by Tommy, that no one thinks I'm laid back. Tommy talks about the casting process including how Hamilton has the feeling of a family reunion, and he gives his opinion on what happens in the very last moment of the show. In non-Hamilton related topics, Tommy tells the story of how he and Lin-Manuel Miranda ended up in the Sex and the City movie, his experience directing Grease LIVE!, and why "Mona Lisa" by Slick Rick is a defining song for him.
You simply must meet Thomas. Thomas! Tommy Kail and I are naturally at 1.5 speed, so that's fun! Tommy tells me all about the upcoming Hamilton exhibition in Chicago, and how the job of a director changes (or doesn't) as a production evolves. We bond over It's a Wonderful Life, Tommy reminds cast members/alums of The Hamilcast that he *does* hear the stories they tell, and Tommy confirms that he is not in fact Alex Lacamoire. OR IS HE??? (He's not, you guys, they just both have really fantastic hair. )
Hamilton dresser Chris Leary is back to tell us all about why we should all go to Puerto Rico on our next vacation (or help any way we can), how the energy at Hamilton is always changing, and that one time the turntable broke during My Shot and wasn't fixed until after You'll Be Back, and about a million other things. Hooray!
Chris Leary, dresser at Hamilton on Broadway, and I laugh our way through ALL THE THINGS. Chris gives backstage details from a dresser's perspective, explains how he almost didn't go to the opening night of Hamilton, and proudly declares himself a Tonya Harding truther. We also discuss how excellent he is at Halloween, why I'm #TeamJoanna Jones when it comes to pranks, and we get on the phone with the one and only Lexi Lawson.
Hamilton Broadway swing Robert Walters is back this week! Robert talks what it's like to be an Australian in a show that has reinvigorated such an interest in American History, he tells us what he yells during The Room Where it Happens, sends love to Karen Olivo and Miguel Cervantes, and!! He does impressions of fellow cast members James Monroe Iglehart, Jevon McFerrin, and Eddy Lee. We had the best time! Enjoy!
Robert Walters, a swing in Hamilton on Broadway, is here to drink Robitos and tell me about how a boy from Oz made it to Broadway! We talk his Australian roots, work visa woes, his crazy Hamilton audition story, his origins with Hamilton in Chicago, how in love he is with his wife Jen (it's adorable, you guys), and that time he told Alex Lacamoire to piss off. SPOILER: it all ends well, fam! And over the course of his two episodes, Rob and I decide that we were most likely separated at birth.
Andrés Forero is back and we kick off Part Two with questions from Sir Alex Lacamoire himself! We talk a LOT about Yorktown (and Rage Against the Machine, believe it or not), and many of the other tracks on which Andrés made his mark or how Andrés' puts it: “it’s a tiny fingerprint on a little tiny piece of a masterpiece.” And for the first time in the history of The Hamilcast... there are outtakes!
Andrés Forero is the drummer for Hamilton on Broadway and has known the Hamilton Cabinet since In the Heights. We had so much fun and get ready to feel both super calm and very empowered. In this episode Andrés talks how the band Rush sparked his music career, what it's like being the Jazz Ambassador to the UN, and his journey to Hamilton. We also touch on why neither a life changing car accident nor losing hearing in his left ear don't define the incomparable Andrés Forero.
Holli Campbell is back and this #FeministHero is once again here to remind us that "there’s a place in the theatre for all of us; if you love it, pursue it.” Holli goes in on how she ended up at Hamilton's opening night (before she even worked there!), the beauty of EduHam, and the importance of following your gut.
I am honored to be able to bring you April's Hamildrop, #FirstBurn, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda's very first draft of Burn as discussed during #Lintoberfest!
Hamilton Broadway's Associate Company Manager Holli Campbell stopped by to drop alllllll the knowledge about how Hamilton runs smoothly, from Broadway to the growing number of companies. Holli is a badass who proves that you don't have to be on stage to be heavily involved in theatre.
Donald Webber, Jr. is back and things get insane, man! Donald walks us through the crazy schedule for ensembles, swings, and understudies. He also gives an in-depth analysis of the relationship between Hamilton and Angelica (in Hamilton the musical), and we rap the "Guns and Ships" and "Washington On Your Side" raps.
The inimitable Donald Webber, Jr of Hamilton Broadway is on the podcast for two suuuuper fun episodes. In Part One, we discuss Clousé Michael Jeeves (the finest tablecloth puller in all of America), Hamilton vs. Jefferson, his friendship with Leslie Odom, Jr, and treating the Cabinet Battles like a wrestling match. AND! Donald makes a very big announcement... but don't - ahem - wait for it! Listen to the episode to find out what it is.
Joanne Freeman's rainy Friday night hang continues for a second episode and I am here for every history spoiler, detail, and piece of insight she has to offer: from Alexander Hamilton's actual birthday, to Lin-Manuel Miranda's artistic freedoms, and who actually put a comma after dearest. Plus! Joanne explains what it was like to see Hamilton for the first time and slowly realize that Ten Duel Commandments was based on findings from her book Affairs of Honor.
Dr. Joanne Freeman is the leading expert on Alexander Hamilton and the best person to hang with on a rainy Friday night. You probably know her at the badass historian from PBS' Hamilton's America in which she called Hammy "an arrogant, irritating asshole." In Part One Joanne talks about living in a post Hamilton world when Hamilton himself has been in her world since she was 14 years old, how a dueling pistol really goes CLICK-BOOM, and how Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by her birthday party.
Bill Sherman is a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, and one hell of a podcast guest let me tell you. Bill braved an awful winter rain storm to hang out and talk to me about Hamilton, The Hamilton Mixtape, In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme, Sesame Street, and how this podcast might be the best kind of therapy ever. Bill and I cover a ton of ground and it was AWESOME.
Hello Ham Fam! I'm dropping this surprise mini episode into your podcast feed to tell you about my collaboration with Coloring Broadway for the March For Our Lives demonstrations taking place on March 24th. We’re teaming up to bring you two designs that you can download, print, and color - and they’ll come in different sizes so you can post them on social media, hang them up at work or school, or bring them to your local march!
Link to illustrations: https://coloringbroadway.lpages.co/mfol-movement/
Stephanie Klemons, Hamilton's Associate Choreographer (and so much more) is finally here! Over two pints of Sam Adams, Stephanie goes in on what it was like to be part of Hamilton coming together from the very beginning and goes in on so many Hamilton staging secrets and Easter eggs that you are going to LOVE. She also tells me what it's like to be Andy Blankenbuehler's "variation maker," being a strong woman on a male dominated creative team, and talks Hamilton's incredibly impactful Tony performance.
Erin Clemons covers all three Schuyler Sisters in Hamilton on Broadway and is an actual ray of sunlight. We had the best time talking about her journey to Broadway, why traveling is so good for the soul, and why her parents are her biggest inspiration. Erin also walks us through her very first day at work at the Rodgers and explains THE PHOTO™!