“Why I had to write SPAMILTON”
Like most of the country, I became obsessed with Hamilton and the revolutionary score by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I believe his stunning reinvention on how to musicalize a dramatic story completely revived the Broadway Musical from being a dead art form. After satirizing musicals for 30 years, I couldn’t help but feel obligated to take a few jabs at the biggest hit musical that has opened in New York in my lifetime. At first, I started to write just a parody or two for fun, and then I suddenly found myself re-writing most of Hamilton while adding bits and pieces of other classic and contemporary musicals. What came out is a wild mash-up of the “fabulous invalid” called Broadway and the hip-hop hype of Hamilton. The show is fabulous, the hype is unprecedented. Hamilton spam is everywhere. Voila! Spamilton!
But this show is not only a send-up of Hamilton. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King And I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only is Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends the likes of: Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters and many more beloved icons.