The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast

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
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Apr 6, 2020

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

Mar 30, 2020

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 23, 2020

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 16, 2020

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 9, 2020

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 2, 2020

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

Feb 24, 2020

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!




Alone by Heart



Feb 17, 2020

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:

Feb 10, 2020

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


Bayard Rustin:


Freedom Riders and Bayard:


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


Photo with Daveed Diggs


Sam Smith - I’m Not the Only One

Feb 3, 2020

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.”


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


Target Practice by Carvens Lissaint


Alpine Theatre Project:

Jan 27, 2020

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


The Oz Project

Jan 23, 2020

Gregory Treco (Hamilton Broadway and Chicago) recently lost his husband Rich Affannato. Rich was a wonderful person and Mike and I are sending all of our love to Greg during this time. This short announcement has all of the information from Gregory Treco himself, and below are resources and ways you can help. 

GoFundMe: In Support of Greg Treco

Gregory Treco on Facebook

BWW Obituary: Producer Rich Affannato Dies


Jan 20, 2020

This weeks wraps up my series with Kyle Scatliffe (Former Hamilton Broadway and Philip Tour's Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) and we close out by continuing our deep-dive into all things Hamilton, how he came to join the cast, and what the transition was like from the Philip Tour to Broadway.

Kyle is currently starring in "To Kill A Mocking Bird" on Broadway! Click here for tickets!

 Kyle is also featured on my #LasVegust eps! 130, 131

Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in 21 Chump Street


The World Was Wide Enough from Hamilton

Guns and Ships from Hamilton


Stars from Les Miserables


Washington On Your Side from Hamilton


Story of Tonight reprise from Hamilton


Pony by Ginuwine


Bleeding Mascara by Atreyu


Winter by Vivaldi

Jan 13, 2020

This week is episode two of my chat with Kyle Scatliffe (Former Hamilton Broadway and Philip Tour's Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson). We talk vocal health, working with John Doyle on The Color Purple, and yes; we finally get into the Hamilton of it all. Enjoy!


Hey friends! This episode was recorded way back in September, when Freestyle Love Supreme was still on Broadway. Their last performance (for now) was on January 12th, 2020 but please keep following them on social media to see what comes next! Twitter: @freestylelove Instagram: @freestylelovesupreme

Kyle is currently starring in "To Kill A Mocking Bird" on Broadway! Click here for tickets!

Kyle is also featured in my #LasVegust eps! 130, 131 

Les Miserables Tony Awards performance


Any Little Thing from The Color Purple-


Katy Perry backstage at The Color Purple


Opening/Mysterious Ways from The Color Purple-


Take a Break from The Hamilton Mixtape-


Jan 6, 2020

Kyle Scatliffe (Former Hamilton Broadway and Philip Tour's Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) is on the pod for three INCREDIBLE episodes! This week we discuss how he grew up playing basketball, playing Jud Fry in 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Oklahoma!, and what it was like being nominated for an Olivier for his performance in The Scottsboro Boys. 

Kyle is currently starring in To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway, click here for tickets!

 Kyle is also featured on my #LasVegust eps! 130, 131

Beyonce watching Michelle fall


Crazy For You 25th Anniversary Concert-


Poor Jud Is Dead


Seattle Times review of Oklahoma!-


Scottsboro Boys Olivier performance-


Les Miserables Tony Awards performance-

Dec 16, 2019

What an incredible year this has been!! In the last episode of 2019, we talk everything from BroadwayCon to Freestyle Love Supreme, peep meets to opening night parties, and so much more! Plus we answer your questions about what happens behind the scenes and what's to come!

Thank you so much to all of the listeners, peeps, and every single person I've interviewed this year for all of your support. This podcast would not happen without you and I am so so grateful. Now LEZ GO 2020!

Dec 9, 2019

This week we wrap up my incredibly fun and inspiring chat with Aneesa Folds (Freestyle Love Supreme). We go in on the the Broadway run of FLS, performing with UTK on his debut, being one of two women to join the company for the first time, and so much more! Enjoy!

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy

Dope by UTK

A Stud and a Babe

Kaila Mullady’s second episode

The Wrong Man

Dec 2, 2019

This. is. episode. TWO of my chat with Aneesa Folds of Freestyle Love Supreme!! We talk about the first time she was asked to perform with FLS, her bananas audition process for the Broadway production, and the extreeemely brief rehearsal process!

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy

Freestyle Love Supreme: Broadway

Fleet Week at National Sawdust

American Young Voices

Nov 25, 2019

YOUNG NEES IS ON THE TRACK AND IT'S ABOUT TO BE CRAZY! This is part one of my chat with Aneesa Folds (Freestyle Love Supreme) and it was an absolute blast. This week we talk about the FLS academy, being a fan of Hamilton since the White House performance, opening night of Freestyle Love Supreme, and so much more!


Freestyle Love Supreme Academy

Wingspan Arts Theatre Conservatory

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Women Inspiring Tomorrow

Susie’s Senior Dogs- creates by Erin O’Sullivan

A Love Supreme by John Coltrane: Pt. 1- Acknowledgement

White House performance


Katie’s Art Project

Blood of the Fang

Nov 18, 2019

I absolutely loved my chat with Kaila Mullady (Kaiser Roze in Freestyle Love Supreme), she is just unreal. We talk about Lightship, a program that Kaila and her boyfriend Mark created that uses beatboxing as a tool for speech therapy, plus Kaila gives Mike (you know Mike) and I a beatboxing lesson!! Enjoy!


Lightship clip:

Nov 11, 2019

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 :


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


Nov 4, 2019

In part three of my epic trilogy with Mike Anthony (Bar Manager at the Richard Rodgers) and Mike (you know Mike) we discuss how butterflies have become a very specific symbol in M.Ant's life, the horribleness that is people selling fake tickets to Hamilton, and how Hamilton invokes an emotional reaction in people unlike any other show he's ever seen. And of course so much more! PART THREE LEZ GO! 

Derren Brown: Secret 

This Official Hamilton Cocktail Recipe Is the Next Best Thing to Scoring Tickets: 

This Wonderful Life - The Theater at Monmouth


Oct 28, 2019

In the second episode of my hang with Mike Anthony (Bar manager at the Richard Rodgers) and Mike (you know Mike) we talk about M.Ant seeing Hamilton for the first time, how the Richard Rodgers is most definitely haunted, plus we get pretty emotional when talking about grief and mediumship. It gets real, but we have fun too I promise. Here we go!

Got Milk? Commercial:

#100: Grind to the rhythm as we wine and dine:

Mike Anthony’s Facebook post about his friend Rasik:

Mike Anthony on Facebook:

Aladdin’s Hamilton Parody


Oct 21, 2019

Mike Anthony (Bar Manager at the Richard Rodgers) truly encapsulates the meaning of "built palaces out of paragraphs" in the first episode of our epic three part series! This week Mike shares how he came to be the bar manager at the Rodgers, why he refers to Lin-Manuel Miranda as "the cup guy", and the difficulties of being face to face with the elected officials of our current administration. We also discuss how lovely and warm the Obamas are and how M.Ant met President Obama while going to get ice for the bar! 

 Mike Anthony on Facebook:

Brandon Victor Dixon and the cast of Hamilton address VP-Elect Mike Pence:

Acceptance Speech: Lin-Manuel Miranda - Best Book of a Musical (2016):

Rory O’Malley on The Hamilcast:

President Obama at New York City Fundraiser:

Yes We Can Obama Song by

The First Lady Delivers Remarks at "Hamilton at the White House" Workshop:


Oct 14, 2019

Part Two of my hang with Austin Scott (Hamilton Broadway's Alexander Hamilton) is here! Austin is taking a deep dive into Alexander Hamilton himself: was he really a womanizer? How did it all change between Hamilton and Burr? What is going through his mind during the final duel? Not to mention Eliza's final moment! We also talk Austin's appearance on FX's Pose, how crystals and meditation are his self care, and how much he loves the stage door.

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