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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

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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

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🎶🎵Greatest Pod in the world 🎶🎵

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Seriously, the greatest. If you’re a Ham nerd then this is the place to be.

Where is Hannah Cruz part two???

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Love the pod! I think you may have missed Episode 8.... not sure though!

iTunes Ratings

788 Ratings
Average Ratings
712
46
13
8
9

🎶🎵Greatest Pod in the world 🎶🎵

By best hamildrop - Apr 09 2020
Read more
Seriously, the greatest. If you’re a Ham nerd then this is the place to be.

Where is Hannah Cruz part two???

By rjmurphy5 - Mar 09 2020
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Love the pod! I think you may have missed Episode 8.... not sure though!
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The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast

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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

Rank #1: #217: Andy Blankenbuehler // Part One

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Andy Blankenbuhler is joining me for the next three episodes. In part one Andy takes us back to  some of the most important moments in his process of creating what we see on stage. He tells us about all-nighters, the moments it clicked, seeing the numbers and, in a moment I’ve waited years for, a step by step breakdown of Yorktown.

Episode #110: Stephanie Klemons

Sing, Sing, Sing

White Nights

The Cabinet on The Hamilcast

May 04 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: #88: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part One

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Lin-Manuel Miranda came over to my apartment and we had so much fun that I have FIVE episodes for you! Welcome to #Lintoberfest, with my husband Michael Paul Smith joining me for these episodes. In Part One, I try to get over the fact that Lin is recording in my living room - spoiler! I don't! - But regardless, we tell the story of how Lin ended up on the podcast, details of the early days of Hamilton, why Lin is a Hamilton/Burr hybrid, and quote The West Wing a LOT. We also eat popcorn and drink the Spark Into a Flame cocktail, made especially for Lin and inspired by his Inwood, NYC roots. Stay tuned for four more episodes: two more with Lin and then the Lin B-Sides which will be outtakes, non-sequiturs, and commentary by me and Mike (you know Mike). And no, I'm still not over the fact that this happened! No chill whatsoever!

To help Puerto Rico: https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

Donate to disaster relief: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9

https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate

https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/

https://secure.humanesociety.org

Previous episodes referenced: http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-65-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-one/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-66-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-two/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-77-you-want-a-revolution-i-want-a-revelation

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-83-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-84-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume-part-two

Oct 02 2017

54mins

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Rank #3: #171 // Rory O'Malley // Hamilton's King George III

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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/

Jun 03 2019

1hr

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Rank #4: #89: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part Two

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Welcome to Part Two of a five part series featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda! I am once again joined by my husband Mike and this episode focuses a LOT on music, so prepare to have your mind blown. Lin tries to teach me how to freestyle (it doesn't go well), we talk about Freestyle Love Supreme, Lin plays a "Meet Me Inside" demo, and answers questions from the Patreon Peeps. We also talk Hamilton memes, inside jokes from the days at The Public, and more. PS: Don't forget to send me your photos of listening to #Lintoberfest with your own popcorn using either #Lintoberfest or #popcornchomp!

To help Puerto Rico:

https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWVJYaFlGP5hP

Donate to disaster relief:

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9

https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate

https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/

https://secure.humanesociety.org

Previous episodes referenced:

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-65-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-one/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-66-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-two/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-77-you-want-a-revolution-i-want-a-revelation

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-83-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-84-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume-part-two

Shockwave's Ham4Ham:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=605NNhgl2U0

Freestyle Love Supreme at Joe's Pub: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_MLXaP2q1M 

Lin on Drunk History:

http://www.cc.com/episodes/y51rs0/drunk-history-hamilton-season-4-ep-410

Oct 09 2017

54mins

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Rank #5: #36: Can I show you what I'm proudest of?

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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. 

Oct 03 2016

32mins

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Rank #6: #116: We just assume that it happens // Part One

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In an entirely unprecedented move, I had to record an Emergency Podcast System to put at the top of an already completed episode! Join me and my husband Mike as we play and discuss not only April's #Hamildrop, #FirstBurn, but Lin-Manuel Miranda's very first draft of Burn! We talked about the draft during #Lintoberfest and thanks to LMM's endless generosity and awesomeness, The Hamilcast is the only place you can hear this unreleased draft. Needless to say, we lost our minds and you will too. Enjoy!

Download and stream "First Burn" on your favorite music platform and head over to www.hamildrops.com for all things Hamildrops.

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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. From what a company manager does to breaking down all the types of tickets and how to get them (yes!), Holli proves that you don't have to be on stage to be heavily involved in theatre. 

HAMILTON Ham4Ham 9/11/15 “Love for the Techies Day” with the entire company

On “Love for the Techies Day," production stage manager Jason Bassett calls the cues while Lin-Manuel and the company perform “Ten Duel Commandments” (without the dual turntables):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqE-mGI5OaM

Apr 30 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #7: #3: Get your education

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This week Gillian and Bianca talk to Kathleen Cameron, the hilarious genius behind the Hamilton Dubsmashes, and dive into the prologue and first chapter of Chernow's book. "My Shot" instrumental provided by Bao Vu.

Feb 15 2016

44mins

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Rank #8: #126: And I’m tryin’ not to cry ‘cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do // Part One

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Sir Alex Lacamoire is here! For THREE EPISODES! Get ready, you guys, your minds are about to be blown. Mike joins me for #JuLac and Alex was kind enough to bring an electric piano and play us ALL THE THINGS. In this first episode, Alex tells us all about The Schuyler Sisters, the 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. We also play a little game I like to call "In the style of..." 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. 

How a Miami musician overcame hearing loss to help create the music to ‘Hamilton’:

https://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/article107866077.html

First Burn #Hamildrop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2ys-AimNbE

Alex Lacamoire on Shockwave’s Shock and Awesome Podcast:

https://headgum.com/shock-and-awesome/lacamoire-the-room-where-it-happens

Mike Elizondo on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_in_residence/playlist/1qjLC064PnRWeyvOAPJH6R#_=_

Fiona Apple - “Extraordinary Machine”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQk0xTwZumo&list=PLEGB_5jnXjR0lvILUb0-kSiQV7ys4eoKH

The Regrettes - “Helpless” #Hamildrop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK_9hkWigYs

Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZCKsSmRMx4

Daft Punk - “Random Access Memories”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IluRBvnYMoY&list=PLcdN8reXV1kxMnaH06Wi8KJYPMIzehXuo

The Notorious B.I.G - “Things Done Changed”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy5m_9HXp6A

Jul 09 2018

56mins

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Rank #9: #142: It's time to take a shot! // Part One

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*This episode contains a brief conversation about bulimia and mental health around 17:00 and lasts roughly a minute and a half.*

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 Betsy Struxness (Hamilton's original Woman 2/Bar Wench as Lexi calls her), Karla Garcia, Stephanie Klemons, and powerful women in general. Lexi also tells her story from not being able to afford the Hamiltome to seeing the show for the first time and then being cast in Hamilton on Broadway.

AND! Lexi shares a gorgeous story about a woman named Ruth (they sat next to each other the first time Lexi saw Hamilton) and I have to find her! Email me with any information because #FindRuth is in full swing!

Oct 29 2018

48mins

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Rank #10: #166 // Anthony Veneziale aka Two Touch of Freestyle Love Supreme // Part One

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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.

Twitter @freestylelove

Instagram @freestylelovesupreme

Ars Nova https://arsnovanyc.com/

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/

Hamletmachine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamletmachine

Freestyle Love Supreme Cypher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl7ovlJU_wc

clipping - “Inside Out” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tFXIy7OWos

“Sunrise” Freestyle Love Supreme Episode 2: “Feed Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS7dodhE8c8&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

Moondrunk - “My Words” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4xE3xA0mxw

Syndee Winters - “Focus” https://youtu.be/k8LSmUPy9G4

Apr 29 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #11: #124: You simply must meet Thomas. Thomas! // Part One

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That's Thomas as in KAIL. YES! TOMMY. KAIL. CAME. OVER. It was super fun and we are naturally at 1.5x speed. Tommy tells me all about the upcoming Hamilton exhibition in Chicago, opening this November, 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 who are alums of The Hamilcast that he *does* hear the stories they tell, I teach him the correct names of Hamilton songs, 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. 

Have I mentioned that Hamilton and In The Heights director and all around excellent human Thomas Kail hung out with me for a few hours? Because it still feels ridiculous. 

Freestyle Love Supreme at Joe's Pub: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_MLXaP2q1M

Choreographing 'Hamilton': The Meaning Behind the Moves: https://youtu.be/VmYTsOrnWP0

Jun 25 2018

52mins

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Rank #12: #150 // Kurt Crowley, Hamilton Broadway's Music Director // Part One

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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!

Jan 07 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #13: #31: Let me offer you some free advice

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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.

Aug 29 2016

34mins

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Rank #14: #137: See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians // Part One

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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!

Sep 24 2018

40mins

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Rank #15: #97: I wanna talk about what I have learned, the hard-won wisdom I have earned // Part One

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Ladies and 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 my chat with him?? In this episode, CJack gets real about some of his past bad behavior during the early days of In The Heights, his experience being in the original Broadway company of Hamilton, the moment he thought he chose the wrong career path, and the mutual love, respect, and admiration flowing between the members of the Lin's Cabinet. We go in on those #TequilaThoughts, with a torrential downpour as our soundtrack. 

hispanicfederation.org/donate

Dec 04 2017

57mins

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Rank #16: #194: Kaila Mullady // Freestyle Love Supreme // Part One

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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!

Original beat rhyming song “Dopamine” by Kaila Mullady : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BCcydkZqUo

Pet Peeves (clip taken from Episode 6, The Burbs) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9n1KMJzd_8&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

Nov 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #17: #42: The Hamilcast moves Uptown

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The Hamilcast moves uptown to interview the one and only Patrick Hinds of the Theater People Podcast at his apartment in - wait for it - HAMILTON HEIGHTS! Patrick tells us some behind the scenes details from when he interviewed Hamilpeeps such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Tommy Kail. Plus! Get the inside scoop on his brand new podcast, Broadway Backstory, a documentary style podcast that tells the story of the Broadway shows you love told by the people who lived it. Oh and what show is featured in the first two episodes? Only a little show called In The Heights.

Nov 14 2016

46mins

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Rank #18: #215: Alex Brightman // Beetlejuice the Musical // Part One

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Things start real and they keep getting realer as Alex Brightman and I talk what it was like to navigate Tony season alongside the cast of Hamilton, learning from those you believe to be better than you, and we catch a glimpse of the other side as we check in on Beetlejuice on Broadway.

Original Cast Album: Co-Op When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock - School of Rock OBCR Tuvan Throat Singing Beetlejuice Animated Series Fright of Their Lives - Beetlejuice OBCR

Follow Alex on Twitter

Apr 20 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #19: #90: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part Three

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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 next week for Part Four aka The Lin B-Sides, where you'll hear audio from the cutting room floor along with commentary from me and Mike. Keep sending those #popcornchomp photos!

To help Puerto Rico:

https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWVJYaFlGP5hP

Donate to disaster relief:

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9

https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate

https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/

https://secure.humanesociety.org

Previous episodes referenced:

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-83-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-84-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume-part-two

John Adams HBO Miniseries:

http://www.hbo.com/john-adams

"More" demo from Moana: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upjbIJESEUU

"Hot House" by Charlie Parker:

https://archive.org/details/CharlieParker93Songs

Oct 16 2017

46mins

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Rank #20: #157 // Scott Wasserman - Hamilton's Ableton Programmer // Part One

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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.

Song Salad Podcast

Lin's Sitzprobe Thread

"Suck less. Thanks."

Feb 25 2019

1hr 3mins

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#221: Jason Crystal // Associate Sound Designer // Part Two

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In part two of my conversation with Jason Crystal we are talking about what it takes to deliver quality sound for a Broadway show when you don't know what will happen next, and Jason gives all the best tips and tricks for good sound and recording while you are spending time at home.

Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

Audacity

GarageBand

Will Wells on The Hamilcast

Jun 01 2020

44mins

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A Statement

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Tomorrow I have an awesome episode headed your way, and that is part two of my conversation with Jason Crystal, but today I need take a moment to use the platform and privilege I have to denounce police brutality. 

So here’s my statement.

I have an obligation as a white person to use my voice to speak truth and use the tools I have at my disposal for change. Mike and I are both life long New Yorkers, and the pain we see in the streets of this city right now is much like the pain seen all through our nation. 

Systemic racism uses silence as a tool to further harm the black men, women, children, and trans people who are already being harmed and killed every day in this country for the color of their skin, with little to no justice. I want you to know we are with you in the fight to see justice is served. After years of deep diving in a show like Hamilton, I have a responsibility to put the lessons we have learned from it to good use. Nothing comes from no one knowing where you stand. 

We need to say these things out loud: Black Lives Matter. We need to have these conversations for things to change. Let's take a stand with the stamina god has granted us.

This morning, the first thing Mike said to me was “where are we donating today?” So, if you need more information on what you can do to be of help - including where to donate, petitions to sign, and other resources - there are links below.

Stay safe out there. We are with you in this fight. 

Ways You Can Help

FOR OUR WHITE FRIENDS DESIRING TO BE ALLIES

May 31 2020

1min

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#220: Jason Crystal // Associate Sound Designer // Part One

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In my first recording of quarantine I am talking with Jason Crystal, associate sound designer and sound supervisor for Hamilton. We  get an in depth look at what it takes to make Hamilton sing, Jason tells us how the tours manage to be ready for new venues just days after being on stage at the last, and we learn the art of making sure you always hear the conversations on stage you should, and none of the ones you shouldn’t.

Anna-Lee Craig on The Hamilcast

Ian Weinberger on The Hamilcast

Jason Crystal on Instagram

May 25 2020

57mins

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#219: Andy Blankenbuehler // Part Three

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In part three of my conversation with Andy Blankenbuehler, Andy is taking your questions. He digs deep into his favorite moments of the show, reveals more Easter eggs, and Andy reflects on the moments of Hamilton we never saw that were staged--but later cut.

Gone With The Wind scene 

Bandstand

Kate Nash

The Cabinet on The Hamilcast

Andy on Twitter

Andy on Instagram  

May 18 2020

1hr 7mins

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#218: Andy Blankenbuehler // Part Two

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I'm back with Andy Blankenbuehler for part two of our incredible conversation. This week we are talking about some of Andy's proudest moments in the show, and the sky's the limit. We talk about having no chill whatsoever, we learn what makes a moment feel like morning, Andy talks Fosse and his date night Gwen Verdon!  

Mr. Bojangles - Andy Blankenbuehler

PORCUPINE RACETRACK

The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor

The Cabinet episodes on The Hamilcast

May 11 2020

1hr 17mins

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#217: Andy Blankenbuehler // Part One

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Andy Blankenbuhler is joining me for the next three episodes. In part one Andy takes us back to  some of the most important moments in his process of creating what we see on stage. He tells us about all-nighters, the moments it clicked, seeing the numbers and, in a moment I’ve waited years for, a step by step breakdown of Yorktown.

Episode #110: Stephanie Klemons

Sing, Sing, Sing

White Nights

The Cabinet on The Hamilcast

May 04 2020

1hr 2mins

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#216: Alex Brightman // Beetlejuice the Musical // Part Two

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Alex Brightman tears down the walls as we wrap up in part two of our conversation. We dote on David Korins, discuss why it is so important to bring everything you've got to every show you do, and Alex takes questions from the Patreon Peeps.

Must Dearly Depart the Winter Garden Theatre Rory O'Malley Beetlejuice Broadway Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance 2019 The Whole Being Dead Thing Doug Loves Movies

Alex on Twitter

Apr 27 2020

1hr 3mins

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#215: Alex Brightman // Beetlejuice the Musical // Part One

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Things start real and they keep getting realer as Alex Brightman and I talk what it was like to navigate Tony season alongside the cast of Hamilton, learning from those you believe to be better than you, and we catch a glimpse of the other side as we check in on Beetlejuice on Broadway.

Original Cast Album: Co-Op When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock - School of Rock OBCR Tuvan Throat Singing Beetlejuice Animated Series Fright of Their Lives - Beetlejuice OBCR

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Apr 20 2020

1hr 2mins

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#214: Andrew Bancroft // Freestyle Love Supreme // Part Three

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This week we are wrapping up with Jelly D of Freestyle Love Supreme! In part three of our conversation Andrew is answering questions from the Patreon Peeps, through which we learn some ways to use freestyle as a tool for storytelling and how uplifting fellow artists and creating safe spaces of support help breed creativity.

FLS Academy

Michael Arthur on Twitter

Apr 13 2020

1hr 4mins

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#213: Andrew Bancroft // Freestyle Love Supreme // Part Two

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In part two with Andrew Bancroft, Mike joins us as we take a deeper look at where he started. Jelly tells us about his creative beginnings at Wesleyan, we hear what it was like to become a part of the official FLS family as Hamilton was being workshopped and original Broadway cast members are sleeping on the couch.

Funkmaster Flex - Nuttin' But Flavor (Instrumental) Eminem - Lucky You (Feat. Joyner Lucas) Ludacris - Southern Fried Intro/Blow It Out Sagat - Funk Dat

Apr 06 2020

52mins

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#212: Andrew Bancroft // Freestyle Love Supreme // Part One

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Andrew Bancroft aka Jelly Donut of Freestyle Love Supreme is hanging out with me for three super fun episodes! In this episode we rewind FLS's run on Broadway, talk what it feels like to create in the moment, and go all the way back to Jelly's first cassette tape. We hear the incredible story of how his parents met and fell in love, and it's a little bit me, a little bit Andrew on being weird kids who love The Monkees.

Andrew on YouTube TO MY FATHER I LOVE MY MOM YOU THE BEST MAINE Freestyle Love Supreme @jellyd on twitter @mcjellyd on instagram The Monkees Valleri Plesant Valley Sunday Your Auntie Grizelda Episode clip pulled from "Monkee Mayor"

Mar 30 2020

57mins

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#211: Nik Walker and Sarah Joyce // Nikky Burr Sir Returns! // Part Three

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This week as we wrap up with Nik Walker and Sarah Joyce we dive into what brings joy and fulfillment into each of their lives, both in the day to day and creatively. Sarah tells us some ways we can write our legacy by leaving less behind, Nik shares a word on picking up the pen, and we all check in on how important it is to take a break. Come with us as we venture through the Disney Parks, put on your sorting hats, it's the final episode of date night!

Mar 23 2020

45mins

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#210: Nik Walker and Sarah Joyce // Nikky Burr Sir Returns! // Part Two

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We're back with Nik Walker and Sarah Joyce for part two of our three part double date! This week Nik and Sarah answer questions from the Patreon Peeps, tell us where to find the best pizza in the country and how touring gave him a chance to better know his literary hero. Nik tells us about learning to say goodbye to Burr and we listen as Nik and Sarah tell us the personal stories and deep roots of racism in America.

Avengers during Nik's final bow

Misbehavin’ from The Righteous Gemstones

Mar 16 2020

59mins

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#209: Nik Walker and Sarah Joyce // Nikky Burr Sir Returns! // Part One

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Nikky Burr, Sir is back for the first double date of the pod! This week Mike and I sit down with Nik Walker and his wife, Sarah Joyce to talk what it's like to say I do while taking your first spin on the turntables, the ins and outs of tour life, why Nik loves the stage door, and of course the battle continues with #NoMoreJobsForJames HIGHLIGHTS!

Tweet to Kelly AuCoin

Kelly’s response

Sarah’s #IgnoreNikWalker vid

De'Adre Aziza

Javi’s video taunting James

Anthony Ramos taunting James

Kevin Conroy (Batman)

Schuyler sisters against James

Mar 09 2020

1hr 7mins

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#208: Hannah Cruz // Eliza in The Angelica Company // Part Two

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This week Hannah and I finish up our two part conversation by going IN on who lives, who dies, and who tells your story. We delve into Eliza’s blues as Hannah brings us on her journey Uptown. We talk where she is, where she started, and the flames that fed her Eliza to have such burning passion.

Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, 20 July 1780: “You would love even my weaknesses…”

Hannah on Instagram

Hannah on Twitter

Mar 02 2020

59mins

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#207: Hannah Cruz // Eliza in The Angelica Company // Part One

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Hannah Cruz peels off the mask to take us on her journey into Eliza. In part one of our two part conversation, we talk the worlds you keep creating in your mind, grappling with forgiveness, and what it’s like living in the greatest city in the world. We both let it go as we take a note from The Cabinet™ that you can always find something new and I LOSE MY MIND OVER SOMETHING I’VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT BEFORE!

TeeRico

HER ROSE’S TURN IN HIIIIIGH SCHOOL I CAN’T

Alone by Heart

Feb 24 2020

52mins

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#206: Deon'te Goodman // Hamilton Broadway // Part Two

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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!!

Freedom Riders and Bayard:

https://www.facebook.com/FREEDOMRIDERSbayard/

Feb 17 2020

55mins

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#205: Deon'te Goodman // Hamilton Broadway // Part One

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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!! 

Kyle Scatliffe episode #202

“Me for Me” from Bayard: A New Musical

https://www.facebook.com/FREEDOMRIDERSbayard/videos/614201272411164/

Bayard Rustin: 

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/rustin-bayard

https://www.biography.com/activist/bayard-rustin

https://www.history.com/news/bayard-rustin-march-on-washington-openly-gay-mlk

http://rustin.org/

Freedom Riders and Bayard:

https://www.facebook.com/FREEDOMRIDERSbayard/

“Nothin’ But Nothin’” from Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT5VL2_rkuQ&list=TLPQMTEwMTIwMjD87X5wQBIQXg&index=1

Photo with Daveed Diggs

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyPIaQDfFm/

Sam Smith - I’m Not the Only One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCkpzqqog4k

Feb 10 2020

1hr 29mins

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#204: Jennie Harney-Fleming // Hamilton Broadway // Part Two

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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!!

Jennie Harney-Fleming singing “Black Coffee.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8UavOcxQRk

Carvens Lissaint - Can We Be Free (feat. Jennie Harney-Fleming)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1BxwmzVYx8

Target Practice by Carvens Lissaint

https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781947312005/target-practice.aspx

Alpine Theatre Project:

http://www.atpwhitefish.org/

Feb 03 2020

39mins

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#203: Jennie Harney-Fleming // Hamilton Broadway // Part One

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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!!

Spirits of Christmas from Bob’s Burgers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lud3bgEJeTg

The Oz Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUi9Yg6TYy4

Jan 27 2020

52mins

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🎶🎵Greatest Pod in the world 🎶🎵

By best hamildrop - Apr 09 2020
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Seriously, the greatest. If you’re a Ham nerd then this is the place to be.

Where is Hannah Cruz part two???

By rjmurphy5 - Mar 09 2020
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Love the pod! I think you may have missed Episode 8.... not sure though!