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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 https://www.patreon.com/TheHamilcast
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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

https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/

Dope by UTK

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

A Stud and a Babe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25MUoRxJ-lQ

Kaila Mullady’s second episode 

https://www.thehamilcast.com/195-kaila-mullady-freestyle-love-supreme-part-two/

The Wrong Man

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

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
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/

Freestyle Love Supreme: Broadway
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/

Fleet Week at National Sawdust
http://waterwell.org/event/fleet-week-follies/

American Young Voices
http://www.americanyoungvoices.com/

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

https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/

Wingspan Arts Theatre Conservatory 

https://wingspanarts.org/conservatory/

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

https://ypc.org/about/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAiNnuBRD3ARIsAM8Kmlu1JvsMfyANwyDc6yvhe_GVQKQcy35TPCBBZ9JqkZfizx2i9WxJ4gcaAi20EALw_wcB

Women Inspiring Tomorrow 

https://ypc.org/programs/wit/

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

http://susiesseniordogs.com/?fbclid=IwAR2Mk5isahdN5YCUqUlk5guvHknc-xStjGJWSKpJbEyxYPwL6hhBwjHS8mU

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fth9UUa1Mfw

White House performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNFf7nMIGnE

Yorktown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQt1RRW_xv0

Katie’s Art Project

https://www.katiesartproject.org/

Blood of the Fang 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9EsHbqmjN4

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8kR0BfjkUE

 

https://www.kailamullady.com/

 

https://www.markmartincreative.com/

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 : 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 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
https://derrenbrownsecret.com/ 

This Official Hamilton Cocktail Recipe Is the Next Best Thing to Scoring Tickets:
https://people.com/food/hamilton-musical-cocktail-recipe-lin-manuel-miranda 

This Wonderful Life - The Theater at Monmouth
http://theateratmonmouth.org/plays/this-wonderful-life/

 

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLSsswr6z9Y

#100: Grind to the rhythm as we wine and dine:
https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-100-grind-to-the-rhythm-as-we-wine-and-dine/

Mike Anthony’s Facebook post about his friend Rasik: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158523362854692&set=a.273755529691&type=3&theater

Mike Anthony on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/mikeanthony91

Aladdin’s Hamilton Parody
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1rmKYaflq4

 

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:
https://www.facebook.com/mikeanthony91

Brandon Victor Dixon and the cast of Hamilton address VP-Elect Mike Pence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0gDpscFucI

Acceptance Speech: Lin-Manuel Miranda - Best Book of a Musical (2016):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jehrbUGdlE

Rory O’Malley on The Hamilcast:
https://www.thehamilcast.com/171-rory-omalley-hamiltons-king-george-iii/

President Obama at New York City Fundraiser:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?400120-2/president-obama-york-city-fundraiser

Yes We Can Obama Song by will.i.am:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fZHou18Cdk

The First Lady Delivers Remarks at "Hamilton at the White House" Workshop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTrF1MyAjYA

 

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.

Oct 7, 2019

Austin Scott (Hamilton Broadway's Alexander Hamilton) is on the pod this and next week! This week we're talking all about the Cabinet Battles, we show love for Andy Blankenbuehler and Thomas Kail, and learn why people at the Richard Rodgers confuse Austin for Nik Walker. We also have a super real conversation about slavery and the many flaws of The Founding Fathers.

“They Found Hell”
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5113926/

“Prep School”
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2577668/

Does the Dog Die?
https://www.doesthedogdie.com/

Freestyle Love Supreme now on Broadway!
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/

The Reynolds Pamphlet
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-21-02-0138-0002

Hamilton’s “Best of Wives, Best of Women” letter
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-26-02-0001-0248

As plantations talk more honestly about slavery, some visitors are pushing back via The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/08/plantations-are-talking-more-about-slavery-grappling-with-visitors-who-talk-back/

Sep 30, 2019

Here's the second half of my most recent chat with Ashley Graffeo (listener favorite, NYC teacher, EduHam participant, and 🎤my best friend! 🎤). Ash gives more details about #HamiltonLDN, we totally geek out about history, and we have a great and vital conversation about queer visibility in the classroom. And yes, the dogs are still there. SWOON.

Sep 23, 2019

Ashley Graffeo (listener favorite, NYC teacher, EduHam participant, and 🎤my best friend! 🎤) is back on the pod after returning from a solo trip to London to tell me how much she loved seeing the West End production of Hamilton. We also talk about all the Harry Potter fun she had all the way across the sea, and if you haven't seen Documentary Now!'s Original Cast Album: Co-Op episode... now seems like a good time. And Pete and Alfie (DOGS!) were present! This was so, so much fun.

Harry Potter Tour: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/

Documentary Now!
Original Cast Album: Co-Op
https://www.ifc.com/shows/documentary-now/full-episodes/season-03/episode-03/original-cast-album-co-op-2

How Documentary Now Made the Sondheim-Alike Musical Co-op for Its Company Episode
https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/documentary-now-making-of-co-op-musical.html

Sep 16, 2019

Live from New York, it's Sunday afternoon! I introduced my dear friend Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) to Hamilton by taking him to a Sunday matinee in the middle of a heatwave. Then we met up with Mike and talked about Raj's (Horatio's nickname) experience. Spoiler: he loved it! There's laughing, there's singing, there are non-sequiturs, there's a lot going on. This episode is off the rails from the very beginning. Enjoy!

"The Residuals" Season 2, Episode 3: "The Client"

The Hooray Show

 

Sep 9, 2019

Thank you for coming to the #HamiltonCHI party! This is the third episode of the party recording but the fifth and final episode of my series covering my Chicago Adventure. Mike and I were joined by Dylan Hoffinger (Man 1), Akron Watson (Aaron Burr), Tamar Greene (George Washington), and Justin Bryant (Man 3). I hope you had a blast! Get home safe!

Sep 2, 2019

Welcome to the #HamiltonCHI party! This is the second episode of the party recording but the fourth episode of my series covering my Chicago Adventure. Mike and I were joined by Dylan Hoffinger (Man 1), Akron Watson (Aaron Burr), Tamar Greene (George Washington), and Justin Bryant (Man 3). I hope you're having a great time!

Aug 26, 2019

Welcome to the #HamiltonCHI party! Mike and I were joined by Ebrin Stanley (Mulligan/Madison), Nikki Renee Daniels (Angelica Schuyler), Dylan Hoffinger (Man 1), Akron Watson (Aaron Burr), and Tamar Greene (George Washington). Have fun and stay tuned a different crew of guests next week!

Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Hamilcast:
https://www.thehamilcast.com/lin-manuel-miranda/

 

Aug 19, 2019

Miguel Cervantes (#HamiltonCHI’s Alexander Hamilton) was generous enough to find some time to record and we had such a great time. From the story of asking Gillian to be a stand in (seriously), to breaking down the role of Alexander Hamilton, to playing trivia with the listeners, we covered a lot of ground.

The Hamilcast Goes to Las Vegas
https://www.thehamilcast.com/tag/las-vegas/

CURE Epilepsy
https://www.cureepilepsy.org/

Kelly Cervantes
https://twitter.com/KellyGC411
https://www.cureepilepsy.org/team_members/kelly-cervantes/
https://www.kellycervantes.com/blog

Aug 12, 2019

I went to Chicago and Mike met me there and we had a bit of a weekend! It kicked off with a #PitSit on Thursday, which means I GOT TO SIT IN THE PIT WITH THE MUSICIANS DURING A PERFORMANCE AND THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. The rest of the weekend involved #HamiltonCHI, #HamEx, an amazing listener meetup, and recording with cast members! Hamilton is the best. The end.

Aug 5, 2019

Welcome, folks! TO WILL WELLS' STUDIO?! Part Two of my hang with Will Wells (Hamilton's Electronic Music Producer) takes place in his studio where he shows me all the details of the samples he made and worked on for the Hamilton album. It was an unreal experience and I'm so excited to share it with you.

 

Episode #128: Alex Lacamoire Part Three:

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-128-and-im-tryin-not-to-cry-cause-theres-nothing-that-your-mind-cant-do-part-three/

 

Nikki Yanofsky | Little Secret

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFl9SwnItj0

Jul 29, 2019

Will Wells is Hamilton’s Electronic Music Producer and is responsible for #HipHopHorse (aka #RoboWhinny), those badass rhythmic bullets, and a ton of other samples you love so much. In his first episode, Will talks about how he got this rad job and his journey with The Cabinet™. WILL WELLS IN THE BUILDING!

“Cry Today, Smile Tomorrow” by Anthony Ramos and Will Wells for Katie’s Art Project:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q9fjSGBeUk

"Tequila" by Dan + Shay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4qgqNS_20s

"Rude" by MAGIC!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlwIcTsmERw

Jul 22, 2019

In the second half my hang with Karl Queensborough (Alexander Hamilton alternate in London) and Mike (you know Mike) we have some authentic New York City desserts, speak in a bunch of different accents, and have a full on Hamilton love fest. WE LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH, YOU GUYS.

 

Jul 15, 2019

Karl Queensborough (Alexander Hamilton alternate in London) came from all the way across the sea to hang out with me and Mike! We give Karl his very first slice of New York City pizza, hear about his Hamilton journey, and some of the craziest things that have happened to him on stage while performing the show in the West End.

The Streets - Stay Positive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McXHHlzPZh0

Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones
“Celebrity Smash Brothers” featured in Episode 1:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-one/id1458035175?i=1000435117404

Mr. Blobby
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNkgDJpcuwU

Jamael Westman on The Hamilcast
https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-135-all-the-way-from-london-damn/

Kurt Crowley on The Hamilcast
https://www.thehamilcast.com/kurt-crowley/

Jul 8, 2019

Abby Jaros (Hamilton's Philip Company) and her dog Ernie are back for another episode! In part two of our hang we talk about Ernie as Hamilton roles, hard lessons Abby learned while in Hamilton, and of course... Ouidad.

 

I Came As Soon As I Heard: The Hamilcast Goes to Vegas

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-129-i-came-as-soon-as-i-heard-lasvegust-part-one/

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-130-i-came-as-soon-as-i-heard-lasvegust-part-two/

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-131-i-came-as-soon-as-i-heard-lasvegust-part-three/

 

Abby’s SNL appearance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QD-8NYF0jg

Jul 1, 2019

Abby Jaros (Ensemble, Hamilton’s Philip Company) brought her dog Ernie over for a super fun chat about Hamilton and all the things! Mike joins us as we talk about Abby’s manifestation abilities, how dancing chose her, and a behind-the-curtain look into that tour life. We haven't seen Abby since she was on the big Vegas recording so it was great to hang with her again. DID I MENTION ERNIE THE DOG WAS THERE TOO?!

 

I Came As Soon As I Heard: The Hamilcast Goes to Vegas

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-129-i-came-as-soon-as-i-heard-lasvegust-part-one/

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-130-i-came-as-soon-as-i-heard-lasvegust-part-two/

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-131-i-came-as-soon-as-i-heard-lasvegust-part-three/

 

UCF’s 30 Under 30:

https://news.cah.ucf.edu/news/abby-jaros-30-under-30/

Broadway Theatre Project:

https://broadwaytheatreproject.com/

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