(REVIEW)_Nothing acknowledges success like a parody, and it follows that one of Broadway's biggest blockbuster shows ever, "Hamilton," spawned "Spamilton: An American Parody," which just began a five-day run at the Kravis Rinker Playhouse.
Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini of "Forbidden Broadway" fame, its manages to skewer both "Hamilton" and Broadway shows and personalities in general during a fast-paced 75 minutes that delivers a steady stream of laughs.
Led by T.J. Newton, portraying "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast raps its way through how they saved Broadway from "rot" to rhapsodizing about "The Book of No More Mormons." One of the high points is the song, "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cries," which includes an appearance by Annie herself.
It's all great fun, even if you haven't seen "Hamilton." There's enough "Camelot," "Cats," Sondheim and Liza Minelli to keep you entertained.
"Spamilton: An American Parody" will be at the Kravis Center through December 5. Tickets are on sale now at the Kravis Center website, kravis.org. --Gerry Barker
(PRESS RELEASE)_WEST PALM BEACH, FL (November 20, 2021) – The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the West Palm Beach premiere of the North American tour of the hit musical comedy Spamilton: An American Parody at the Kravis Center, from December 1 – 5. Tickets are on sale now at the Official Kravis Center Website kravis.org.
Created by Gerard Alessandrini, the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway and performed by a versatile cast of seven, Spamilton: An American Parody is a side-splitting new musical parody. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London, Spamilton: An American Parody will stage a singing, dancing, comedy revolution in West Palm Beach, for its first show since early 2020.
Marilyn Stasio of Variety mused, “Hip-hop, Broadway showtunes, Viennese waltzes — is there anything this guy can’t write? No, not Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Gerard Alessandrini, whose ingenious parody Spamilton simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, “This smart, silly, and often convulsively funny thesis, performed by a motor-mouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues, is the work of that eminent specialist in Broadway anatomy, pathology, and gossip, Gerard Alessandrini.”
ABOUT THE CREATOR:
GERARD ALESSANDRINI (Creator, Writer, Director) Spamilton: (Creator/ Writer/Director): New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, National Tour. Forbidden Broadway (creator/ writer/director): 25 editions all over the world. Also Forbidden Hollywood (writer/director), Madame X: The Musical (NYMF) (co-writer/director), The Nutcracker & I (lyrics), Maury Yeston’s review Anything Can Happen in New York. Television: special material for Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury and Bob Hope. Film: Aladdin, Pocahontas (vocals). Recordings: 12 Forbidden Broadway cast albums, Forbidden Hollywood & Spamilton cast albums. Special Lyrics: Barbra Streisand Duets 2. Awards: Drama League Lifetime Achievement Award, Obie Award, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, 7 Drama Desk (2 Best Lyrics, 2 Special Achievement, 3 Best Musical Revue), and a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Special thanks to husband Glenn Bassett for contributing his many talents to Spamilton.
The creative team also includes Gerry McIntyre (Choreography), Morgan Large (Set Design), Dustin Cross (Costume Design), Michael Gilliam (Lighting Design) and Fred Barton (Music Supervision).
The North American tour of Spamilton: An American Parody is produced by Spamiltour LLC. Spamilton was originally produced at The Triad Theater in New York City by John Freedson, David Zippel, Gerard Alessandrini and Christine Pedi.
"SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY” comes to the Kravis Center’s Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse December 1 – 5, 2021. Showtimes are Wednesday, December 1 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm; and Saturday, December 4 and Sunday December 5 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $49 and are available at the Official Kravis Center Website Kravis.org, or by phone at 561.832.7469.
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