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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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Now displaying: May, 2020
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

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