Rank #1: #88: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part One
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
Previous episodes referenced: http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-65-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-one/
Rank #2: #116: We just assume that it happens // Part One
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.
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):
Rank #3: #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.
OnQ Talent Agency
Published on Nov 23, 2014
Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, direction by Stafford Arima, choreography by Andrew Palermo and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel.
Rank #4: #89: #Lintoberfest with Lin-Manuel Miranda // Part Two
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:
Donate to disaster relief:
Previous episodes referenced:
Freestyle Love Supreme at Joe's Pub:
Lin on Drunk History:
Rank #5: #3: Get your education
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.
Rank #6: #124: You simply must meet Thomas. Thomas! // Part One
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
Rank #7: #126: And I’m tryin’ not to cry ‘cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do // Part One
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’:
First Burn #Hamildrop:
Alex Lacamoire on Shockwave’s Shock and Awesome Podcast:
Mike Elizondo on Spotify:
Fiona Apple - “Extraordinary Machine”
The Regrettes - “Helpless” #Hamildrop
Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah):
Daft Punk - “Random Access Memories”
The Notorious B.I.G - “Things Done Changed”
Rank #8: #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 diving into the performance itself. We also tell you about the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, and the many reasons you should visit!
If a vacation isn't in the cards for you at the moment, please take some time to check out:
Rank #9: #97: I wanna talk about what I have learned, the hard-won wisdom I have earned // Part One
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.
Rank #10: #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 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:
Donate to disaster relief:
Previous episodes referenced:
John Adams HBO Miniseries:
"More" demo from Moana:
"Hot House" by Charlie Parker:
Rank #11: #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.
"Praying for Time" by George Michael: https://youtu.be/goroyZbVdlo
Rank #12: #135: All the way from London? Damn!
Hamilton West End's very own Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) stopped by the podcast during a very quick trip to New York City! 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! Jamael is so kind and funny and we had the best time. 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.
Three Lions - “Football’s Coming Home”
RADA - Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (dahling)
Rank #13: #48: Ready to face whatever's awaiting me in NYC
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.
Rank #14: #146 // ...In That Big Ol' Room // Part One
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.
HAMILTON Ham4Ham 9/11/15 “Love for the Techies Day” with the entire company (filmed by Howard Sherman):
Rank #15: #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!
Rank #16: #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.
Rank #17: #4: Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned
Our 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! "My Shot" instrumental provided by Bao Vu.
Rank #18: #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.
Song Salad Podcast:
Lin's Sitzprobe Thread:
"Suck less. Thanks."
Rank #19: #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.
Rank #20: #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.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks - "Portobello Road"
Phillipa Soo - "No One Else" from Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Original Cast Recording):