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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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Jul 6, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his first return to The Hamilcast to celebrate the release of the #Hamilfilm on Disney+. In part one, we reflect on what led us to this moment, Lin shares how he is feeling now that most of the world has access to Hamilton, he takes us on the journey of getting the film ready in time to release 15 months early, and we share a lot of laughs as Lin recalls some of his favorite moments on stage with the original Broadway cast.

 

Hamilton on Disney+

Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Hamilcast (2017-2020)

Andy Blankenbuehler on The Hamilcast (2020)

Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast (2017-2020)

The Cabinet on The Hamilcast (2017-2020)

GMA Announcement

Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2

The Time Philip Seymour Hoffman Stood Up for Patrick Fugit While Making ‘Almost Famous’

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme 

Walking My Baby Back Home

At the Ballet

Dance at the Gym

Lin-Manuel on Twitter

Gillian on Twitter

Gillian on Instagram

The Hamilcast on Twitter

The Hamilcast on Instagram

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Jun 22, 2020

We're back for part two with Broadway's original George Washington, Chris Jackson. This week C-Jack is taking questions from the Patreon Peeps, tells us about recording the One Last Time 44 Remix with President Obama, and explains what is running through Washington's mind as he observes Alexander during Say No To This.  

 

One Last Time - 44 Remix

Believe in Chris Jackson collection

Shirty McShirtFace  

 

Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 97]

Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 98]

Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 222]  

 

Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram

Michael Paul Smith on Twitter

Gillian on Twitter

Gillian on Instagram

The Hamilcast on Twitter

The Hamilcast on Instagram

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Jun 15, 2020

In part one of three, Mike and I catch up with Hamilton's original George Washington, Chris Jackson. He tells us what life has been like in the years since we last sat down to record The Hamilcast in 2017, brags on the creative team, and shares some quarantine tips.  

 

Black Lives Matter: Ways You Can Help

Plan on Being an Ally

 

John Adams on HBO

Hamilton Town Hall

Drunk History

Andy Blankenbuehler on The Hamilcast

Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 97] 

Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 98]  

 

Chris on Twitter

Chris on Instagram

Michael Paul Smith on Twitter

Gillian on Twitter

Gillian on Instagram

The Hamilcast on Twitter

The Hamilcast on Instagram

 

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Jun 1, 2020

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

May 31, 2020

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 25, 2020

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 18, 2020

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 11, 2020

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 4, 2020

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

Apr 27, 2020

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 20, 2020

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 13, 2020

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 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!

 

TeeRico

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

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:

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

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

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 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.”

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/

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

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

 

The Oz Project

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

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

 

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