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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 26, 2016

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. 

Dec 19, 2016

The thing about the Reynolds affair is that it was bananas and there were so many people involved. This week, we tackle Ron Chernow's Chapter 21: "Exposure" which is "We Know" only with three entirely different dudes. The endless soap opera of Hamilton's bad decisions is even more convoluted than you think but Chernow reminds us that this is just the beginning. BA DA DA DA DUM.

Dec 12, 2016

Playbill's own Felicia Fitzpatrick joins us as we discuss every track on the #HamiltonMixtape. We go IN, so get ready! 

Dec 5, 2016

Mike joins us as we recap Lin Manuel Miranda's hilariously boozy "Drunk History" appearance. We also talk about our favorite "Drunk History" episodes, the stories we'd love to tell (Hamilton and non-Hamilton), our favorite reenactors, and start the #Grohl4Hamilcast movement. Plus! Gillian and Mike had a full on In the Heights moment while rehearsing for Mike's new play - in a basement, no less! 

Nov 28, 2016

We're back to talking Chernow this week and things are getting meaty, friends. We discuss the start of the two-party system, how the cabinet's fractured into factions, and get into how they smacked each other in the press (anonymously of course) and didn't print retractions. Oh, did we mention that Thomas Jefferson had a Burn Book about Alexander Hamilton? Because that was an actual thing. Daddy's callin'.

Nov 21, 2016

It's Thanksgiving week (here in the US at least) and we wanted to give thanks to you, our amazing listeners. You continue to blow us both away and we wanted to express our gratitude. We read some of your beautiful emails, and tell you about some of the incredible gifts we've received including a #HamilPillow and a #HamilFunkoPop - both of which have only been gifted to Hamilton cast members! What?! We still can't believe it. We love you all and we'll talk to you in 5 seconds on Twitter. 

Nov 14, 2016

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 7, 2016

Our resident teacher Ashley Graffeo was lucky enough to participate in #EduHam and stopped by the very next day to tell us every single detail. We talk about the cast member Q&A, the mind-blowing student performances, seeing Hamilton (!!!), and to quote Ashley: “It was beautiful. This is Hamilton’s America. Get it.”

Oct 31, 2016

Happy #Hamilween, friends! Join us while we sit in a dark room lit only by candles and discuss haunted locations and spooky stories involving Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, George Washington, and a special Abigail Adams mention. 

Oct 24, 2016

Hello, friends! This week we're unpacking the advanced screening of PBS' 'Hamilton's America' aka #HamilDocPBS and also dive into the fact that... and we can't believe it... we were lucky enough to see 'Hamilton' again. To say that we're overwhelmed with gratitude is an understatement. 

Oct 17, 2016

Zeke Stokes, Vice President of Programs at GLAAD, joins us as we go purple for #SpiritDay to support the LGBTQ community and take a stand against bullying. We discuss how Broadway has always been at the front of the line when it comes to acceptance, love, understanding, and allying with the LGBTQ community. And of course we bring it back to Hamilton! 

Oct 10, 2016

If The Hamilcast could get more Hamilton, we managed to accomplish it in this episode. Mike joins us to tell us about seeing Hamilton for the first time, Bianca talks about how her boyfriend Dan liked the show, and we gush over the new cast. But wait! There's more! We discuss Spamilton, Jeff Wilser's book Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life, our experience speaking at the Dalton School about Alexander Hamilton, and we do describe ourselves in #3HamiltonCharacters. See? It's quite a HamilEpisode!

Oct 3, 2016

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. 

 

Sep 26, 2016

Hello, hello, hello! Still mourning the end of the live #Ham4Ham? This might help: Howard Sherman, the unofficial (but still pretty official) #Ham4Ham videographer, stops by the room where the podcast happens to tell us about his experience recording these great performances. We braved the Heat Dome to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda's generosity and genuineness, Howard's favorite #Ham4Hams, and why he thought they needed to be preserved and shared. Good luck with the lotto!

Sep 19, 2016

As dog obsessed people we were very excited to talk to Amber Feng, the genius behind @HamiltonAsDogs! Amber tells us all about how she does what she does, what it was like when Lin-Manuel Miranda started following her, and reads us her search history. And, of course, we gush about dogs. Extra special thanks to Matt Tamamini and James Marino from BroadwayRadio who helped us in our hour of need and patched us together to record the audio.

Sep 12, 2016

Here it is, friends! The start of Alexander Hamilton's affair with Maria Reynolds. We discuss Eliza's trip upstate and how Hamilton convinced her to stay away even longer, the fact that James Reynolds is a garbage person, and oh yeah! A.Ham wrote his Report on Manufacturers and started a brand new town that ended up a failure. Woof.

Sep 5, 2016

Chernow is back! This week we tackle Chapter 18: "Of Avarice and Enterprise" and discuss Alexander Hamilton's ideas for the mint and a little thing called SCRIPPOMANIA. Madison and Jefferson were not happy because duh. Plus, there's an Eliza quote that will make you love her even more.

Aug 29, 2016

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 22, 2016

For the first time on the podcast, we proudly welcome one of the many wonderful #Hamilkids of the world: the insightful and funny 10-year-old Caleb Fumusa. At first Caleb was going to talk to us about his love of the cast recording but as luck would have it he ended up seeing “Hamilton” the night before we recorded this episode.

Aug 15, 2016

This week we welcome the lovely Ilana Levine (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Seinfeld) and the Hamilton references are actually non-stop. Ilana tells us all about her Little Known Facts podcast and we have ourselves a bit of a love fest.

Aug 8, 2016

Carrie-Rachel Dean tells Gillian, Bianca, and Ashley all about growing up doing Revolutionary War reenactments and gushes (to put it lightly) over seeing Javier Munoz in Hamilton. 

Aug 1, 2016

We launched this podcast on January 30th, 2016 and this week we thought we’d have a little half birthday celebration. Ashley Graffeo is back again and Carrie-Rachel Dean joins us for the first time as we do some reminiscing and read some of your incredible emails. Thank you so much for listening and being so interactive with us. We love doing this podcast and there’s a lot more to come. We can’t wait to see - ahem - what comes next.

Jul 25, 2016

We are once again joined by Kelly Warne and! It’s the “Guns and Ships” episode! Mike makes good on his promise and totally nails the Lafayette’s rap and it’s so much fun. Pop culture references include: That Thing You Do! (again), The West Wing (again), and Bette Midler’s Bathhouse Betty days. Oh! And we YASSSSS KWEEN over a flawless Abigail Adams quote. All while bracing the New York City summer heat.

Jul 18, 2016

We have a LOT to cover this week! Our friend Kelly Warne shares her stressful, emotional, and rewarding experience buying last minute StubHub tickets to see Hamilton. It results in the most beautiful moment we've had on the show to date (spoiler: there are tears). After we pull ourselves together, we dive into Chernow's "Dr. Pangloss" chapter which is basically "What'd I Miss" and "The Room Where It Happens" while we also dissect how this chapter is (brilliantly) portrayed in the show.  

Jul 11, 2016

Michael Paul Smith is back again! This week we talk about Lin's Periscope experience, impatiently discuss how long it'll take for the filmed version to be released, compare iPods, and Mike fills us in on Alexander Hamilton showing up in AMC's "Turn." Plus we sip on Mike's shot aptly called The Bastard Orphan.

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