In this American podcast about an American musical about a bastard orphan, I (your host Gillian Pensavalle) talk to my co-hosts and guests about all things Hamilton including how it brings people together, how we find Ham references in everyday life, and the general brilliance of the show: from cast, crew, and creatives involved in the production, to the minds behind some of the best social media accounts inspired by Hamilton, to teachers who use the music to get their students excited about history, and everything in between.
The discussion of Ron Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton" starts in episode three. If you're interested, please feel free to read along with us; we'll be going chapter-by-chapter and provide detailed and reference-heavy outlines for each #Cherpter. But there's no pressure! There's plenty to talk about and this is not a super serious history class.
When I started this podcast in January of 2016, I could not have imagined the incredible community that has built 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 for you and I absolutely love making it.
If you have any great Ham stories or funny references you've come across, let me know! I love hearing about things like that. Email TheHamilcast [at] gmail [dot] com, or contact me on social media @TheHamilcast.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant, G.Pen
#172 // Patrick Vassel // Hamilton's Associate & Supervising Director // Part One
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
#171 // Rory O'Malley // Hamilton's King George III
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/
#170 // Arthur Lewis aka Arthur the Geniuses of Freestyle Love Supreme // Part Two
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.
#169 // Arthur Lewis aka Arthur the Geniuses of Freestyle Love Supreme // Part One
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.
#168 // Anthony Veneziale aka Two Touch of Freestyle Love Supreme // Part Three
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)
#167 // Anthony Veneziale aka Two Touch of Freestyle Love Supreme // Part Two
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)
#166 // Anthony Veneziale aka Two Touch of Freestyle Love Supreme // Part One
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)
#164 // Marc delaCruz - Hamilton Broadway // Part Two
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.
#163 // Marc de la Cruz - Hamilton Broadway // Part One
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
#162 // Mike Moise - Hamilton’s Assistant Conductor // Part Three
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.
#161 // Mike Moise - Hamilton's Assistant Conductor // Part Two
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.
#160 // Mike Moise - Hamilton's Assistant Conductor // Part One
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.
#159 // Scott Wasserman - Hamilton's Ableton Programmer // Part Three
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:
#158 // Scott Wasserman - Hamilton's Ableton Programmer // Part Two
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.
#157 // Scott Wasserman - Hamilton's Ableton Programmer // Part One
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.
#156 // Euan Morton - Hamilton Bway's KGIII // Part Two
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
#155 // Euan Morton - Hamilton Bway's KGIII // Part One
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
#154 // The Hamilcast Goes to #HamiltonPR // Part Two
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!
#153 // The Hamilcast Goes to #HamiltonPR // Part One
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!
#152 // Kurt Crowley, Hamilton Broadway's Music Director // Part Three
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.
#151 // Kurt Crowley, Hamilton Broadway's Music Director // Part Two
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."
#150 // Kurt Crowley, Hamilton Broadway's Music Director // Part One
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!
#149 // Attilio and Barbara Pensavalle // Gillian's Parents
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
#141: We'll get a little place in Harlem and we'll figure it out // Part Three
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
#140: We'll get a little place in Harlem and we'll figure it out // Part Two
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.
#139: We'll get a little place in Harlem and we'll figure it out // Part One
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.
#138: See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians // Part Two
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!
#137: See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians // Part One
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.
#134: I was louder than the crack in the bell // Part Two
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!!!
#133: I was louder than the crack in the bell // Part One
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!
#132: The worlds you keep erasing and creating in your mind
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.
#131: I came as soon as I heard // #LasVegust Part Three
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!
#130: I came as soon as I heard // #LasVegust Part Two
#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!
#129: I came as soon as I heard // #LasVegust Part One
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.
#128: And I’m tryin’ not to cry ‘cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do // Part Three
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:
#127: And I’m tryin’ not to cry ‘cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do // Part Two
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.
#126: And I’m tryin’ not to cry ‘cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do // Part One
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.
#125: You simply must meet Thomas. Thomas! // Part Two
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.
#124: You simply must meet Thomas. Thomas! // Part One
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. )
#123: This is the eye of the hurricane // Part Two
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!
#122: This is the eye of the hurricane // Part One
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.
#121: ...Passage on a ship that was New York bound // Part Two
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!
#120: ...Passage on a ship that was New York bound // Part One
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.
#119: When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again // Part Two
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!
#118: When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again // Part One
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.
#115: When I fight, I make the other side panicky // Part Two
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.
#114: When I fight, I make the other side panicky // Part One
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.
#113: Don’t be shocked when your hist’ry book mentions me // Part Two
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.
#112: Don’t be shocked when your hist’ry book mentions me // Part One
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.
Mini Episode! #MarchForOurLives collaboration with Coloring Broadway
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™!
Fergie L. Philippe and Julian Ramos of Hamilton's Philip Tour (#HamiltourToo) are back again and you guys... there is so much happening here 🎤and I AM LOVIN IT!🎤 Julian and Fergie talk about the rehearsal process, how they balance being on #TeamNoChill while still being professionals, mind-blowing choreography secrets, and why Nik Walker better watch his back when it comes to pranks on the #Hamiltour. We also talk about how to work with your anxiety and why you're never, ever alone.
Fergie L. Philippe and Julian Ramos of Hamilton's Philip Tour join me for a #HamiltourToo party! We have the best time and in this first episode, Fergie and Julian talk about the journeys that led them both to Hamilton: from Fergie tweeting acapella Hamilton raps to Lin-Manuel Miranda back in 2015 to Julian working at The Public as a host and seating Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tommy Kail, and Oskar Eustis for their very early Hamilton meetings.
Tyler McKenzie had one week between Broadway's Hamilton and joining the Philip Tour and he spent his first night off hanging out with me - I am so grateful! Tyler talks about his Hamilton journey, his strong connection to spirituality, the glory of EduHam, finding stillness in a show that's nonnnn STOP, and George Eacker.bThis episode is so fun and Tyler brings such a positive energy and outlook to his life, his work, and this recording. #StayWeird, friends!
#105: The word got around, they said, "This kid is insane man!"
Antuan Magic Raimone lives up to his nickname as a Universal Swing in Hamilton. Magic talks about his experience with In the Heights, why he didn't want to audition for Hamilton, what happens when you get "Swing Brain," and how his photographic ability to instantly pick up choreography earned him the nickname "Magic."
Trigger warning: Towards the end of the episode we spend time discussing Antuan's experience with childhood sexual abuse and his activism for other survivors of sexual assault.
#104: From your sister who is always by your side // Part Two
Emily Roney is back! She goes IN on what it’s like to not only dress Mandy Gonzalez, but to also work as her Right Hand Man aka Personal Assistant. We talk #FearlessSquad, the strength of the women playing the Schuyler Sisters, and Emily gives amazing life advice on finding your passion and achieving your goals. And! We talk more about backstage at Hamilton, including stories about Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs, and Renee Elise Goldsberry winning the 2016 Tony Award for playing Angelica.
#103: From your sister who is always by your side // Part One
Emily Roney is the dresser for all three Schuyler Sisters (#AndMaria!) for Hamilton on Broadway and get ready for a mind explosion! Emily is fantastic and we talk about so many things including how The Public Theater changed her life and how Renee Elise Goldsberry sealed her fate. But let’s really get down to it: YES she explains the colors of those dresses and she gives us a verbal look book of the Schuyler Sisters. Get excited!
#102: Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of // Part Two
Welcome to Eddy Lee’s 2nd episode, in which the tangents are plentiful and we’re lucky if we finish a single story we start. Still, Eddy Lee is the best and this episode is nonnSTOP. He performs both James Reynolds and Samuel Seabury, talks about the lack of Asian representation in the media and the arts, and tells the amazing story of meeting a Vietnamese-American #Hamilkid wherein Eddy realized he was a role model. Plus! We talk Pokémon and the Universe’s role in Eddy being cast in Hamilton on Broa
#101: Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of // Part One
Remember when Eddy Lee called our recording a therapy session during last episode’s Hamilton House Party? Yeah, this episode proves that almost immediately. In the first part of our hang, Eddy – a swing in Hamilton on Broadway – opens up about how he almost became a doctor and how at first his mother didn’t approve of dancing as a career choice. Don’t worry, all is well now, but his story is definitely one that may sound familiar to other aspiring artists out there.
In honor of my 100th episode I threw a #HamiltonHouseParty with some of my friends from Hamilton on Broadway: Lexi Lawson, Jevon McFerrin, Eddy Lee, Lauren Boyd, Anna-Lee Craig, and Emily Roney. Michael Paul Smith joins me as we host this fun, scrappy, and rowdy recording. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me for my first 100 episodes – I’m just getting started! Stick around to the end to hear from some past alums of The Hamilcast who wanted to send some love for this milestone.
#99: Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now
Listener favorites Ashley Graffeo, Kelly Warne, and Carrie-Rachel Dean join me for my 99th episode and a walk down memory lane, talking Hamilton, the podcast, and Broadway in general. It’s the Schuyler Sisters meets the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it!
#98: I wanna talk about what I have learned, the hard-won wisdom I have earned // Part Two
Relax, have a drink with me… and Chris Jackson! The rain didn’t let up and neither did my guest of honor. In his second episode, CJack wastes no time getting super real. This moving conversation focuses a lot on his son CJ, who is on the autism spectrum, and prepare to learn and feel a lot of things, you guys. We also talk about his amazing family and what it’s like being on the CBS show “Bull.”
#97: I wanna talk about what I have learned, the hard-won wisdom I have earned // Part One
Ladies & Gentlemen! Chris Jackson coulda been anywhere in the world tonight, but he’s here with me in New York City. Are you ready for Part One of our conversation?! CJack gets real about some of his bad behavior during the early days of In The Heights, his experience being part of the original Broadway Company of Hamilton, and the moment he thought he chose the wrong career path. We go in on those #TequilaThoughts, with a torrential downpour as our soundtrack.
Carvens Lissaint (Washington, Burr, Lafayette/Jefferson in Hamilton on Broadway) is back! This week, Carvens goes in on the backlash he received after having a poem go viral, the logistical differences between Washington and Burr, the beginnings of his Black Velvet persona, and the importance of being authentic.
Carvens Lissaint is an excellent human and an award-winning poet. Carvens talks about how In The Heights changed his life (Lin came out during intermission during In The Heights to chat with him - which would NEVER happen now), his experience growing up in Harlem with Haitian parents, and how he literally had a Hamilton in his bank account before he booked Hamilton on Broadway.
#94: We move under cover and we move as one // Part Two
Anna-Lee Craig is back again this week and if you don't think she's the coolest, just you wait until you listen to this episode: ALC talks about being a badass lady in a field that has traditionally been dominated by men. We also talk about the hardest Hamilton tracks to mix, and how the cast and crew are Hamilton super fans - just like us!
#93: We move under cover and we move as one // Part One
Get ready to become OBSESSED with Anna-Lee Craig, one of Hamilton Broadway's team of groundbreaking sound experts. Anna-Lee's official title is A2/Assistant Sound, but I've also added Badass Lady because she is awesome. Having been with Hamilton since The Public, Anna-Lee knows how to make each and every performance sound its best. I mean, she came up with a special microphone design the crew calls the ALC Special. Does it get any cooler than that? Lezgo!
#92: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part Five
Our last week of #Lintoberfest starts out with some exciting news courtesy of Alex Lacamoire and Tommy Kail from all the way across the sea... and it is BANANAS! In Part Two of the B-Sides, Mike and I share more cut audio with Lin-Manuel Miranda, take questions from the Patreon Peeps, and reflect on the insanity of the last few weeks.
#91: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part Four
Welcome to The Lin B-Sides! Mike is joining me as I play cut audio from #Lintoberfest and give you behind the scenes commentary about what it was like recording with Lin-Manuel Miranda. And guess what? We have so many details to share with you that there will be TWO B-Sides, meaning you'll have FIVE Lin-Manuel Miranda episodes. Enjoy!
#90: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part Three
Lin-Manuel Miranda is back for another round and #Lintoberfest Part Three is our most emotional episode yet; Lin goes IN on "It's Quiet Uptown" as well as his thoughts on legacies and what he says is truly beautiful. But don't worry, there's balance! We also talk King George III, Moana, if and when the audience is allowed to sing along during parts of Hamilton, and Lin gives advice to writers and creative people. Stay tuned for the Lin B-Sides next week!
#89: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part Two
Welcome to Part Two of a five part series featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda! This episode focuses a LOT on music, so prepare to have your mind blown. We also chat about Freestyle Love Supreme and Lin tries to teach me how to freestyle (it doesn’t go well). LMM plays a “Meet Me Inside” demo, answers questions from the Patreon Peeps, and more. PS: Don’t forget to send me your photos of listening to #Lintoberfest with your own popcorn using #Lintoberfest or #popcornchomp!
#88: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part One
Lin-Manuel Miranda came to MY APARTMENT! THERE ARE FIVE EPISODES ABOUT IT! Deep breaths. Welcome to #Lintoberfest where I’m joined by my husband Michael Paul Smith. In Part One, I can’t get over the fact that Lin is in my living room. We tell the story of how Lin ended up on the podcast, why Lin is a Hamilton/Burr hybrid, and quote The West Wing a LOT. Stay tuned for four more episodes: two with Lin AND the Lin B-Sides, entailing outtakes, non-sequiturs, and commentary!
All hail Queen Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea)! She is Broadway royalty! Get inspired as Lesli discusses what it means to rule your kingdom and how to make it happen. Obvs, we also talk all about Hamilton! Lesli gets super emotional reminiscing about her first time seeing Hamilton and conversing with Hamilton’s OGs when they first started their crazy journey into what can only be described as Broadway’s version of Beatlemania. Oh and we laugh and drink wine out of GOBLETS!
Lauren Boyd is truly delightful, especially on a rainy day in New York City. Hamilton Broadway’s Woman 1 and Peggy/Maria stopped by to chat Hamilton’s LA opening, details about her roles (like how Woman 1 is Martha Washington and her insights into Maria Reynolds), why stagedooring is so important to her, and how she handles those occasional bad days we all deal with.
#85: Hear ye, hear ye! I present #SeaburysFreeThoughts!
Hear ye, hear ye! Thayne Jasperson originated the role of Samuel Seabury in Hamilton! Yep, you read that right; Thayne. Jasperson. Is. HERE! Get ready for a full hour of #SeaburysFreeThoughts. In this super rapid fire and fun episode, we are all over the place taking about the details he added to Seabury before Hamilton moved to Broadway, his love of King George III, and how he messes with his fellow cast members on stage. We also talk ghosts, nudity, and Thayne breaks out more than a few accents.
#84: Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume // Part Two
Ian Weinberger is back for another episode and you should probably be sitting down while you listen to this one… we turn our attention to the keyboard and YOU. ARE. NOT. READY. Ian plays us mind-blowing musical motifs from Hamilton, and we come to the conclusion that Alex Lacamoire really just can’t help himself when it comes to being a genius. In other words, #LacsGonnaLac. We also do impressions of characters from The West Wing because of course we do.
#83: Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume // Part One
Ian Weinberger, Associate Musical Director of Hamilton on Broadway, is going to BLOW US ALL AWAY. Ian conducts the show & plays keyboard in the pit. In this first episode, Ian tells us how he got involved in Hamilton, confirms that Alex Lacamoire and Kurt Crowley are nice AND brilliant, and explains the musician’s version of #BurrsCorner.
Did I mention there’s a keyboard involved? Thank you Gregory Treco for telling me to get a keyboard for this recording and Tyler Mount for making that happen.
#82: Ask anybody why we livin’ fast and we laugh, reach for a flask, we have to make this moment last...
Welcome to another Emergency Podcast System! This week, Mike and our friend and history enthusiast Ted O’Gorman helped me recap August 12th’s #HamiltonHappyHour. In case you missed it, Patrick Hinds of the Theater People Podcast and I hopped behind the bar to host the #HamFam while we sang the entire cast album and raised money for charity. It was much-needed night of love, support, and community after the country endured what Mike described as a “James Reynolds kinda week.
#81: ...I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking...
Bryan Terrell Clark (George Washington in Hamilton on Broadway) was kind enough to invite me to his dressing room to hang out on a very busy two show day! Spoiler alert: things get real emotional real quick as BTC tells me about how his first time singing “One Last Time” was when President Barack Obama was giving his Farewell Speech in Chicago. Bryan gives beautiful insight to GDubbs, and how he keeps himself G.Wash-ready.
#80: No one has more resilience or matches my practical tactical brilliance
James Monroe Iglehart is a kind, funny, generous, amazing bolt of energy and I am proud to say that he is my guest this week along with listener favorite co-host Ashley Graffeo. James tells us what it’s like playing Lafayette/Jefferson on Broadway and how it compares it to his Tony winning portrayal of Genie in Aladdin. He also talks The American Songbook performance at Lincoln Center (playing Hercules Mulligan), and gives us a never-before-heard Burr’s Corner.
Universal Swing Hope Endrenyi stops by and we had so much fun! Hope tells us how booking Hamilton was full of surprises, what it’s like traveling between all three companies (the word “vagabond” was used), and why she loves the Sons of Liberty. Plus, Hope gives us excellent tips on what we can do to help the environment and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Kimberly “Kimmie” Mark graciously invited me to the Richard Rodgers Theatre to talk about being a Star Dresser on Broadway for 19 years, dressing stars like Alan Cumming, Raul Esparza, and Leslie Odom Jr. (who brought her to Hamilton). Currently, Kimmie dresses George Washington and Aaron Burr. Learn about how she became a dresser, tons of behind-the-scenes details about Hamilton, why being assigned to Leslie Odom Jr. was a “dream come true,” and how she hasn’t actually SEEN Hamilton.
Calling all #FearlessSquad members (aka #SquadKicks): We have the one and only Mandy Gonzalez on the podcast this week! Mandy talks all things #FearlessSquad, what it’s like playing Angelica in Hamilton on Broadway, her experience as Nina in In The Heights, the importance of having a fight within you, and why the world is a better place with Lin-Manuel Miranda in it. You will feel so motivated by the end of this episode!
#76: You could never back down, you never learned to take your time
Hey Queens it’s The Hamilcast with your boo Tyler! Tyler Mount of Playbill’s The Tyler Mount Vlog talks everything from Hamilton, to how he got into the Broadway scene, to his vlog, to Tito’s vodka, and then back to Hamilton again. Friends, we were all over the map but we went in on so much Hamilton and answered all the questions from our Patreon Peeps. Join the party!
#75: You've kept me from the room where it happens for the last time // Part Two
Make yourself another Burrgory Bay Breeze because Gregory Treco is back again this week! In addition to taking questions from our lovely Patreon Peeps, Gregory talks about his experiences as both an original Broadway cast member of Boy George’s musical Taboo and a finalist on WB’s Popstars. Gregory also goes in on his fantastic relationship with his ultra talented brother Mathenee (Mulligan/Madison on the HamilTour) and their very similar career paths.
#74: You've kept me from the room where it happens for the last time // Part One
Gregory Treco is in the room where the podcast happens! As the cover for Burr/Washington (and now Lafayette/Jefferson) in Hamilton on Broadway, Gregory has a unique perspective on the roles and why they are equally challenging and rewarding. We also get some fun details like how one scene in The Room Where It Happens occurs three times (!?), and the sage advice he got from his dear friend Leslie Odom Jr. Oh, and Gregory and Gillian share a mutual love of Your Obedient Servant, so that’s fun!
Happy Pride! We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with GLAAD to help spread pride, love, and awareness not just during Pride Month but everyday of the year! Friends of the show and past guests, Zeke Stokes (VP of Programming at GLAAD) and Carrie-Rachel Dean (Events Manager at GLAAD) drop knowledge about the Together Movement. We talk about the importance of telling your story from the Revolution to the Resistance. And of course we do a quick Tony recap because we’re not monsters.
#72: Ready for the moment of adrenaline // Part Two
Gregory Haney is back this week talking about Snapchat filters, making us laugh about his Hamilton friendships, and swooning over his adorable pup Winston. He also gives great advice about stage door etiquette and how to present your best self at auditions – and in life.
#71: Ready for the moment of adrenaline // Part One
Hamilton’s Gregory Haney is on the podcast this week and we are thrilled to have him! Gregory tells us what it’s like playing some of the grimiest characters in the show: James Reynolds, Charles Lee, and George Eacker. We also talk to Gregory about his experience as La Cienega, Broadway’s first transgender high school student in Bring It On, and he dishes about being in Grease Live! Not to mention the fact that he WON GLOBAL GUTS ON NICKELODEON WHEN HE WAS 13 YEARS OLD NBD.
#70: Emergency Podcast System! Gillian and Mike went to Hamilton!
In a completely unexpected turn of events, Gillian and Mike went to Hamilton again on May 23rd, 2017! We talk about how awesome standing room is, give a play-by-play of the cast, and talk about going backstage. We had a great time and we hope you enjoy our recap!
#69: Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned // Part Two
Anthony Lee Medina is back for another round tonight and we covered so much ground! Anthony tells us what it’s like to die 16 times a week as Laurens/Philip on Broadway, how he did the role while battling E. coli (really!) and our plans for a #HamPrayLove tour to see every single cast member perform every single track in every production of Hamilton. That shouldn’t be too hard, right? Anthony also gushes over fellow cast members and describes how his world has been turned upside down since joining Hamil
#68: Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned // Part One
Shout it to the roofTOPS! It's time for Anthony Lee Medina (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in Hamilton on Broadway)! This week, we quickly recap Gillian seeing Hamilton the night the incomparable Donald Webber debuted as Lafayette/Jefferson, and Anthony gives a behind the scenes look from that day. Anthony also talks backstage pranks, being a self proclaimed Hamilton “reference box,” and insight into playing John Laurens & Philip Hamilton. We may or may not go on a Madonna tangent.
#67: You sent the dogs after my scent, that's fine
Join us as we dive into Cherpter 22: “Stabbed in the Dark.” The hurricane is closing in on Alexander and in addition to seeing more hatred from Jefferson aka Regina George, we also get a small glimpse into Ham’s rivalry with Aaron Burr (sir). But mostly, we learn about how the haters tried to bring Hamilton down but he always failed…for now.
Shockwave is back again this week and gives us a beatbox lesson! We had so much fun and we hope you’ll try to learn along with us while you listen. Shock was also kind enough to bring some old school Hamilton goodies from 2012 and tells us about his experience coming full circle with the show.
Beatboxer extraordinaire Shockwave hangs out this week and we enjoy some lovely conversation over a custom-made Shocktail. Want to know about his work on “An Open Letter” on The Hamilton Mixtape? Done. Curious how he got involved with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Freestyle Love Supreme? Look no further. Wondering about Shock’s origin story and the details on how he figured out he’s a fantastic beatboxer? You got it. Enjoy!
#64: I'm passionately smashin' every expectation // Part Two
The kiki continues, fam! Javier Muñoz is still hanging out and we’re joined by listener favorite Ashley Graffeo! This week we’re getting into Javi’s activism, how he deals with haters and trolls on Twitter, and we rewiiiind to the beauty of Javi’s Cafecito! From the days of the Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton! And yes, we still reference *NSYNC and Destiny’s Child and take even more questions from our Patreon Supporters!
#63: I'm passionately smashin' every expectation // Part One
Javier Muñoz is here! Yes, for real! This episode is packed, you guys. We sip on the custom-made Tom Cat cocktail as Javi tells us about his relationship with Lin-Manuel Miranda starting with In the Heights and how that impacts his experience in Hamilton, the importance of connecting with every cast member on stage, and his favorite parts of playing Hamilton. We also talk Harry Potter and reminisce about the 90s because of course. Plus! We take questions from members of our Patreon-only Facebook group.
Eliza Ohman, Hamilton’s universal swing, takes time out of her insanely busy schedule to chat with us. A universal swing performs with EVERY production of Hamilton: Broadway, Chicago, and the tour! Get ready to have your mind blown as we learn how tracks differ depending on the production, how grateful Eliza is to see so many different actors portray wonderful roles, and what it was like working with Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber in Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” video on the coldest day of al
#61: We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance // Part Two
Nik Walker is back for another round and this time he goes into the details of playing both Aaron Burr and George Washington on Broadway, the complexities of both men, and how going back to the text impacts his performance each night. Nik tells also us about past and future projects he’s working on, and his passion for bringing a different type of storytelling to the stage.
#60: We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance // Part One
Nik Walker is the first George Washington on the podcast! Nik also plays Aaron Burr and Mulligan/Madison, NBD. Remember Michael Luwoye’s Waldo prank? Nik was the victim and we tell you all about how we were 100% in on it and helped make it happen. As we sip the custom-tailored The Dark Knight Rises Up cocktail, Nik tells us about joining the Broadway cast of Hamilton, how fun it is to work with so many of his closest friends, and declares a prank war on Michael Luwoye.
#59: I'm runnin' with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin' it // Part Two
J. Quinton Johnson is back and in part two of his chat we learn all about what it’s like to play Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and why Q makes the acting choices that he does. Q also opens up about how much music means to him and the ways it enriches his life.
#58: I'm runnin' with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin' it // Part One
That’s right, HERCULES MULLIGAN! We had so much fun talking to J. Quinton Johnson who is currently playing Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in Hamilton on Broadway. Q is awesome for many reasons, but one of them is because he is a full on Hamilnerd just like us. In the first half of our chat, Q geeks out over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical isms, talks about his love for Christopher Jackson, and tells an Andy Blankenbuehler story that will blow your mind.
Amber Kempter joins us to talk about how she's joined the many artists making custom Funko Pop figures of pop culture and Broadway characters, including Hamilton. Amber also blew us both away by sending us not only Mulligan & Lafayette pops, but custom pops OF OURSELVES!
#56: We saw her just up Broadway a couple of blocks
Hamilton swing extraordinaire Karla Garcia is on the podcast this week and we get into more of that #SwingLife. We learn about the cast nicknames for roles (The Dead Mother track, anyone?), what it was like to choreograph and win Gypsy of the Year 2016, and how Karla is totally on that Andy Blankenbuehler path.
#55: You walked in and my heart went boom // Part Two
Lexi Lawson is back and you are not ready for the emotional journey that is the second half of our conversation with her. Why? Because Lexi walks us through what Eliza is feeling throughout the entire show: from meeting Alexander to the very last moment she is on stage. Lexi goes IN and yes, we cried. But don’t worry! We balance it out with a Green Day singalong, Lexi’s time with Rent and In The Heights, and how Lin-Manuel Miranda is “a walking sweet genius.”
#54: You walked in and my heart went boom // Part One
Lexi Lawson, currently playing Eliza in Hamilton on Broadway, spent her night off with us and we are so excited she did. In the first part of our conversation Lexi tells us how straight up manifested getting cast in Hamilton (seriously, she turned down other jobs before she even auditioned for Eliza), all the months of work she put into preparing for her audition, and why she cannot under any circumstances listen to The Hamilton Mixtape. Werk!
#53: Pride is not the word I'm looking for // Part Two
Jevon McFerrin is back for round two! In the second half of our chat with him he talks about his strong bond with the cast and the nuances of his takes on Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, while also getting into the mindset of Alexander Hamilton during the final duel. Oh, and most importantly, Jevon gives us a crash course on how to master Lafayette’s rap in “Guns and Ships.”
#52: Pride is not the word I'm looking for // Part One
Jevon McFerrin joins us three days after he went on as Hamilton for the first time and helps us celebrate our one year anniversary! In Part One of our hang, Jevon walks us through his tumultuous audition process, why he ran into Central Park in celebrate booking multiple roles in Hamilton, and what it was like singing “Dear Theodosia” to his dad.
In Part Two of Michael Luwoye's chat, we hear some behind the scenes Hamilton stories including backstage pranks, being surprised onstage, and how Javier Munoz almost played King George III. Fascinated by Michael’s voice? Us too! He tells us why he takes being as clear as possible so seriously, especially with Hamilton. Michael also talks about his time in Invisible Thread and blows us all away by saying some very lovely things about what The Hamilcast means to the Hamilton community.
Hello! Have you heard about @HappyBdayLin? Alicia, one of the creators of the fundraising campaign, sent us a message that we wanted to share with you. They are trying to raise money to not only help the wonderful Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but it’s also in the spirit of wishing Lin-Manuel Miranda a happy birthday. Even TeeRico is involved! I’ll let Alicia tell it...
Michael Luwoye helps us celebrate our 50th episode in style! Yes, you read that correctly: Michael Luwoye, the man who made history when he became the first actor to play both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, is on the podcast. In Part One, Michael tells us about his complex audition process, if he prefers Hamilton or Burr, and blows our minds when he tells us that Theodosia is actually in the show.
Grab your wig and your kitten heels because this week is all about King George III. Ashley Graffeo schools us on all things #KGIII: from his governing style, to his wonderful wife Charlotte, to his occasionally blue urine. Find out why Ashley thinks the Big Bad of Hamilton may just be a little misunderstood.
Andrew Chappelle joins us this week and he went IN, friends! Grab the popcorn because we get some great behind-the-scenes tidbits. Andrew told us about #SwingLife and what it’s like to have played Aaron Burr, King George III, George Washington, Mulligan/Madison, Lafayette/Jefferson, Laurens/Philip, James Reynolds, and Philip Schuyler in Hamilton. We talk about his favorite character to play, his recent trip to Europe, the wonders of Snapchat, and of course… Patti LuBone.
#47: Do you promise not to tell another soul what you saw?
The Reynolds affair is that it was bananas and there were so. many. people involved! This week, we tackle Ron Chernow’s Chapter 21: “Exposure” which is “We Know” only with three entirely different dudes. The endless soap opera of Hamilton’s bad decisions is even more convoluted than you think but Chernow reminds us that this is just the beginning. BA DA DA DA DUM.
Mike joins us as we recap Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hilariously boozy Drunk History appearance. We also talk about our favorite Drunk History episodes, the stories we’d love to tell (Hamilton and non-Hamilton), our favorite re-enactors, and start the #Grohl4Hamilcast movement. Plus! Gillian and Mike had a full on In the Heights moment while rehearsing for Mike’s new play – in a basement, no less!
#44: It must be nice to have Washington on your side
We’re back to talking Chernow this week and things are getting meaty, friends. We discuss the start of the two-party system, how the cabinet’s fractured into factions, and get into how they smacked each other in the press (anonymously of course) and didn’t print retractions. Oh, did we mention that Thomas Jefferson had a Burn Book about Alexander Hamilton? Because that was an actual thing. Daddy’s callin'!
#43: Now my life gets better every letter that you write me
It’s Thanksgiving week (here in the US at least) and we wanted to give thanks to you, our amazing listeners. You continue to blow us both away and we wanted to express our gratitude. We read some of your beautiful emails, and tell you about some of the incredible gifts we’ve received including a #HamilPillow and a #HamilFunkoPop – both of which have only been gifted to Hamilton cast members! What?! We still can’t believe it. We love you all and we’ll talk to you in 5 seconds on Twitter.
The Hamilcast moves uptown to interview the one and only Patrick Hinds of Theater People Podcast in – wait for it – HAMILTON HEIGHTS! Patrick spills behind the scenes info from his interviews with Hamilpeeps such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Tommy Kail. Get the inside scoop on his brand new podcast, Broadway Backstory, a documentary style podcast about the making of Broadway shows you love. The show featured in the first two episodes? The one and only In The Heights.
Our resident teacher Ashley Graffeo was lucky enough to participate in #EduHam and stopped by the very next day to tell us every single detail. We talk about the cast member Q&A, the mind-blowing student performances, seeing Hamilton (!!!), and to quote Ashley: “It was beautiful. This is Hamilton’s America. Get it.”
Happy #Hamilween, friends! Join us while we sit in a dark room lit only by candles and discuss haunted locations and spooky stories involving Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, George Washington, and a special Abigail Adams mention.
Hello, friends! This week we’re unpacking the advanced screening of PBS’ ‘Hamilton’s America’ aka #HamilDocPBS and also dive into the fact that… and we can’t believe it… we were lucky enough to see ‘Hamilton’ again. To say that we’re overwhelmed with gratitude is an understatement.
Zeke Stokes, Vice President of Programs at GLAAD, joins us as we go purple for #SpiritDay to support the LGBTQ community and take a stand against bullying. We discuss how Broadway has always been at the front of the line when it comes to acceptance, love, understanding, and allying with the LGBTQ community. And of course we bring it back to Hamilton!
If The Hamilcast could get more Hamilton, we managed to accomplish it in this episode. Mike joins us to tell us about seeing Hamilton for the first time, Bianca talks about how her boyfriend Dan liked the show, and we gush over the new cast. But wait! There’s more! We discuss Spamilton, Jeff Wilser’s book Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life, our experience speaking at the Dalton School about Alexander Hamilton, and we describe ourselves in #3HamiltonCharacters. See? It’s quite a HamilEpisode!
In 1806, Eliza Hamilton, Isabella Graham, and Johanna Bethune started the first private orphanage in New York City known as the Orphan Asylum Society. Over the last 210 years it has evolved into Graham Windham and this week we are proud to welcome President and CEO Jess Dannhauser to tell us all about Eliza’s living legacy
Hello, hello, hello! Still mourning the end of the live #Ham4Ham? This might help: Howard Sherman, the unofficial (but still pretty official) #Ham4Ham videographer, stops by the room where the podcast happens to talk about his experience recording these great performances. We braved the Heat Dome to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s generosity and genuineness, Howard’s favorite #Ham4Hams, and why he thought they needed to be preserved and shared. Good luck with the lotto!
As dog obsessed people we were very excited to talk to Amber Feng, the genius behind @HamiltonAsDogs! Amber tells us how she does what she does, what it was like when Lin-Manuel Miranda started following her, and reads us her search history. And, of course, we gush about dogs. Extra special thanks to Matt Tamamini and James Marino from BroadwayRadio who helped us in our hour of need and patched us together to record the audio.
Here it is, friends! The start of Alexander Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds. We discuss Eliza’s trip upstate and how Hamilton convinced her to stay away even longer, the fact that James Reynolds is a garbage person, and oh yeah! A.Ham wrote his Report on Manufacturers and started a brand new town that ended up a failure. Woof.
Chernow is back! This week we tackle Chapter 18: “Of Avarice and Enterprise” and discuss Alexander Hamilton’s ideas for the mint and a little thing called SCRIPPOMANIA. Madison and Jefferson were not happy because duh. Plus, there’s an Eliza quote that will make you love her even more.
What happens if someone you love doesn’t love Hamilton the way you do? How do you prep a non-Hamilperson for seeing the show? What if they – GASP – don’t like it? We dive into all of this on our very first edition of #AskTheHamilcast.
For the first time on the podcast, we proudly welcome one of the many wonderful #Hamilkids of the world: the insightful and funny 10-year-old Caleb Fumusa. At first Caleb was going to talk to us about his love of the cast recording but as luck would have it he ended up seeing “Hamilton” the night before we recorded this episode.
This week we welcome the lovely Ilana Levine (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Seinfeld) and the Hamilton references are actually non-stop. Ilana tells us all about her Little Known Facts podcast and we have ourselves a bit of a love fest.
#27: Look at where we are, look at where we started...
We launched this podcast on January 30th, 2016 and this week we thought we’d have a little half birthday celebration. Ashley Graffeo is back again and Carrie-Rachel Dean joins us for the first time as we do some reminiscing and read some of your incredible emails. Thank you so much for listening and being so interactive with us. We love doing this podcast and there’s a lot more to come. We can’t wait to see – ahem – what comes next.
#26: If you take your time you will make your mark
We are once again joined by Kelly Warne and! It’s the “Guns and Ships” episode! Mike makes good on his promise and totally nails Lafayette’s rap and it’s so much fun. Pop culture references include: That Thing You Do! (again), The West Wing (again), and Bette Midler’s Bathhouse Betty days. Oh! And we YASSSSS KWEEN over a flawless Abigail Adams quote. All while bracing the New York City summer heat.
We have a LOT to cover this week! Our friend Kelly Warne shares her stressful, emotional, and rewarding experience buying last minute StubHub tickets to see Hamilton. It results in the most beautiful moment on the show to date (spoiler: there are tears). After we pull ourselves together, we dive into Chernow’s “Dr. Pangloss” chapter which is basically “What’d I Miss” and “The Room Where It Happens” while we also dissect how this chapter is (brilliantly) portrayed in the show.
Michael Paul Smith is back again! This week we talk about Lin’s Periscope experience, impatiently discuss how long it’ll take for the filmed version to be released, compare iPods, and Mike fills us in on Alexander Hamilton showing up in AMC’s “Turn.” Plus we sip on Mike’s shot aptly called The Bastard Orphan.
#23: Welcome to the present, we're running a real nation
Happy Independence Day, friends! …Or not? Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio from the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society is back to tell us about how we should really all be celebrating on July 2nd, and drops knowledge on Chernow’s Chapter 15 “Villainous Business.” We’re also joined by Gillian’s husband Michael Paul Smith and discuss all of the Alexander Hamilton events thrown by the AHA Society this summer.
"*Recorded on May 19th*
This episode is all about Chernow’s Chapter 14: “Putting the Machine in Motion.” We talk George Washington’s sense of “doom” about the presidency, Angelica’s Disney princess status, and the first writings referencing A.Ham’s infidelity. Have you read this?!"
#21: What are the odds the gods would put us all in one spot?
This is a milestone episode! Seth Stewart (@IAMSethStewart) is the first Hamilton cast member to come on the podcast! Seth talks backstage at the Tonys, his responsibilities as the Green Captain of ‘Hamilton,’ the moment he realized he’d be best friends with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and why we should all #StayWeird. He also speaks directly to the Hamilfans. Jam!!!
#20: Every action's an act of (the opposite of war isn't peace it's) creation!
On June 9th, 4PM, Eastern Standard Time we spoke to none other than Anthony Rapp! We chatted everything including his love of Hamilton, what it’s like being in the eye of the hurricane of a phenomenon (um RENT!), the Chicago Cubs, and what he thinks is missing on Broadway. Plus! We cast Hamilton characters and Rent characters. Well, as much as we could… Either way, it was an honor to speak with him.
#19: If you had to choose, if you had to choose...
It’s almost time for the Hamiltonys! Well, Tony Awards to the non-Ham people out there. This week we talk Tony predictions (as painful as it may be), and tell you all about our new partnership with Broadway Radio.
#18: How do you write like you need it to survive?
We’re back talking Chernow and it’s all about The Federalist Papers. These men truly did write they were running out of time, it’s crazy. We also read listener emails, learn about Hamilton yoga, and we discuss how to deal with people who don’t match your enthusiasm for Hamilton.
This week's guest is Kate Powers, a facilitator and teacher with Rehabilitation Through the Arts at Sing Sing and Fishkill Correctional Facilities. We talk about how Kate uses Shakespeare and Hamilton to inspire inmates. We were so moved talking to Kate about the work she does that we decided to skip Chernow, so the book discussion will pick up next week.
#16: I was chosen for the Constitutional Convention!
This week, we’re joined by Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, Vice-President and co-founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, also known as the AHA Society, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating about the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. We talk the Constitutional Convention (or #ConCon), Trinity Church, and how Mercury in retrograde gave us allllll the technical difficulties.
It’s a bummer, but we have to talk about the crazy level of hypocrisy surrounding our Founding Fathers fighting for freedom yet still owning slaves. It sucks. We break down who was the biggest hypocrite and… we hate to say it, but there’s a good possibility Alexander and Eliza Hamilton owned some slaves of their own. But we balance things out with some awesome listener emails! Silver lining? Yes, because we have the best listeners of all time.
We’re back talking Chernow and this week we really #FeelTheBurr (especially since we’re sipping on some Aaron Burr Cidery goodness). It’s pretty much a therapy session for Aaron Burr. In spite of Gillian and Ashley’s best efforts to have a Harry Potter-centric episode, Bianca and Meg keep things on track. Fun fact: Ham4Ham didn’t start with the Broadway show we know and love. Intriguing right?
#13: Emergency Hamilcast! We saw Hamilton this week!
Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now! Thanks to total strangers moved to kindness by Gillian's story of never seeing Hamilton, IT HAPPENED! With backstage access! The very same night Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Pulitzer Prize!!! We are so overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude we bumped our previously scheduled episode to next week and recorded an emergency podcast so we could tell our stooooorrrryyyy.
#12: He started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf
This week we take a break (get it?) from Chernow to focus on the brand new Hamiltome aka Hamilton: The Revolution. Ashley Graffeo joins in on the conversation and designer extraordinaire Meg Smith of Sweet Lady Designs sits in with us for the first time.
Michael Paul Smith is back for round two! We talk Hamilton SoulCycle and get into some awesome listener emails. Things take a bit of a sad turn then discussing Chapter 9 in Chernow, “Raging Billows.” Sadfaces.
It’s our 10th episode! Our Hamisode! Gillian and Bianca are joined by Gillian’s husband Michael Smith, who finally listened to the cast album after months of holding out. Mike gushes over his favorite songs, gives advice for people living with the Hamilton-obsessed, and talks Marshall Mathers, John Adams, and more. We get into the badass Peggy Schuyler and The Battle of Yorktown in our discussion of Chapter 8. Did you know “The World Turned Upside Down” was an actual march that was played by the Bri
Cue all the memes, all the gifs, and all the references because this week we are joined by none other than Scott Wasserman. Oh ya know, just the guy who programs all of the beats in a little show called HAMILTON! Yup, we are still floating after this awesome conversation with the Hamilton Beatmaster. And you guys! It’s perfect because we’re up to Chernow’s “The Lovesick Colonel” chapter where Ham meets Eliza and Scott told us all about the badass rewiiiiiind in “Satisfied.”
The one and only Hollis Andrews aka @HamiltonsSquad calls in from Los Angeles and talks everything from Lin-Manuel Miranda shouting her out from the Richard Rodgers stage, to the love between Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens, and the real reason Ham didn’t duel Charles Lee… wow, there’s a lot happening this week.
#7: I never had a group of friends before I promise that I’ll make y’all proud.
It’s listener appreciation time! Gillian and Bianca read some of your emails and talk about how awesome you all are. And in Chernow’s “The Little Lion” chapter, we learn a little more about the friendship between Hamilton, Laurens, and Lafayette. Swoon.
#6: The truth is in ya face when ya hear the British cannons go…BOOM!
This week, we're talking Broadway bootlegs and Chapter 4 in Chernow: “The Pen and the Sword.” Also, Gillian’s Hamilton FOMO made her temporarily lose her mind so she tells a cautionary Craigslist tale. Yikes.
#5: Don’t modulate the key then not debate with me!
Welcome Lizzy but you know her as @TheHamWing! Lizzy talks about her wonderful Hamilton/West Wing mashups as well as the next chapter in Chernow’s book, “The Collegian.” It turns out “The Farmer Refuted” pamphlet was no joke, but apparently that whole Ham punching the bursar thing was. Womp womp.
#4: Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned
Resident high school history teacher Ashley Graffeo returns to gush over seeing “Hamilton” for the first time and talk about Chapter Two in Chernow’s book, aptly titled “Hurricane.” Not to mention Hamilton’s early poetry in which he calls someone “an artful little slut.” Damn, Ham!
This week's guest is Ashley Graffeo, Gillian's best friend and History and Government teacher at NYC’s Harvey Milk High School. Ashley talks about how she uses “Hamilton” to get her students excited about American History. Spoiler alert: it totally works and there may or may not be rap battles involved. She also tells a story about the truly badass Peggy Schuyler.