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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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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/

Jun 24, 2019

Patrick Vassel, Hamilton's Associate & Supervising Director, rounds out his episodes with details about those scary work sessions we've heard about from so many actors (finally), fills us in on The Character Constitution, and talks about the upcoming productions in Australia and Hamburg, Germany. 

Jun 17, 2019

Patrick Vassel, Hamilton's Associate & Supervising Director, is back this week to talk moving from The Public to Broadway, the joy and misery of tech, and how The Cabinet (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire, and Andy Blankenbuehler) established and continue to keep an extraordinary amount of trust among eeryone working on the show. Oh! And PDV raps cut lyrics from two songs, with explicit permission from Lin-Manuel, who texted us during the recording.

 

The Room Where It Happens (Off-Broadway):

https://genius.com/Lin-manuel-miranda-the-room-where-it-happens-off-broadway-lyrics

 

What'd I Miss? (Off-Broadway):

https://genius.com/Lin-manuel-miranda-whatd-i-miss-off-broadway-lyrics

 

Jun 10, 2019

Patrick Vassel, Hamilton's Associate & Supervising Director, stops by for an extremely deep dive into how Hamilton runs smoothly as it continues to expand all over the world. In his first episode PDV talks about how he landed this badass job, explains how he does it, and shows all the love for director Thomas Kail.

 

Paul Tazewell's 2016 Tony Acceptance Speech:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD_6MdscV1E

 

Patrick Vassel (Assoc. Director, Hamilton) Graduation Speech Notre Dame PolSci, Commencement 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ_jhr15yjs

Jun 3, 2019

Hello! A message from the King! (Get it? Because Rory O'Malley has been in both The Book of Mormon *and* Hamilton). Join me as I hang out with the kind, funny, warm, and super talented Rory O'Malley! Rory talks about what it's like to be a brand new father, he tells me his Hamilton story and his experience playing King George III on Broadway and the first national tour, and we bond over podcasting. Plus, we talk The Book of Mormon including sage advice about King George III from Andrew Rannells, what KGIII and Elder McKinley have in common, and Rory does one hell of a Josh Gad impression.

Twitter: @RoryOMalley
Instagram: @MrRoryOMalley

Marc Tumminelli
http://www.broadwayworkshop.com/faculty-bio/marc-tumminelli/

Patrick Hinds and Steve Tipton on The Strangers Podcast
http://www.storycentral.org/two-men-and-a-baby-the-final-episode/

Nerds on Twitter
https://twitter.com/nerdsmusical


HAMILTON #Ham4Ham "Congratulations" with Renée Elise Goldsberry 8/31/16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7K7pvJB27w

The Twitter Song from Nobody Loves You
https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/in-performance-rory-omalley-of-nobody-loves-you/


Living the Dream with Rory O'Malley
http://roryomalley.com/podcast

Geffen Playhouse Unscripted
https://www.podcastone.com/geffen-playhouse-unscripted

Broadway Impact
https://twitter.com/broadwayimpact
https://beltthevote.org/

 

May 27, 2019

Arthur Lewis (Freestyle Love Supreme's Arthur the Genius) back! This week we're taking an even DEEPER dive into the inner workings of Freestyle Love Supreme and the power of practice, practice, practice. Arthur also talks about the moving improvised tribute FLS did for him during a recent show, what's like knowing Lin-Manuel Miranda for almost your entire life, and yes he tells The Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Story™.


Twitter: @arthurlewis
Instagram: @arthurlewis
Twitter: @freestylelove
Instagram: @freestylelovesupreme

http://arthurthefourth.com/

"What Y’all Know" - Madonna/Boston Tea Party/Upper West Side
Episode 10: Two Jacks Beat Queens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86gwIpjcaPg&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

Never Catch Up (Instrumental Demo) by Arthur Lewis
https://soundcloud.com/arthurlewis/never-catch-up-instrumental-demo

"True" - Sunrise
Episode 2: “Feed Me”
https://www.amazon.com/Freestyle-Love-Supreme-HD/dp/B00IWYEYCQ

https://soundfly.com/

"Second Chance" - Birthday
Episode 4: You Can’t Go Home. Stop Trying.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kZZQdEz6gY&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

Red Right Ankle by The Decemberists
https://open.spotify.com/album/46M00jXg2Qk3guuAdKawea

Lover You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley
https://open.spotify.com/album/07Fr36M0hRPJrSJMFWGnvD

Mama You’ve Been On My Mind by Jeff Buckley
https://open.spotify.com/track/0qUged3a0Bk6l5rtYGMsYn?autoplay=true&v=T

Eternal Life by Jeff Buckley
https://open.spotify.com/track/0Yf1I12YMJThIjJG1EQnPL?autoplay=true&v=T

Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
https://open.spotify.com/album/78MM8HrabEGPLVWaJkM2t1?autoplay=true&v=L

The Improvised Shakespeare Company
http://www.improvisedshakespeare.com/

Arthur's hairstylist Brielle
https://www.instagram.com/briellehair/?hl=en

Gretchen Parlato
https://open.spotify.com/artist/76Gi1qoWLrIerL5FcL0TZb?autoplay=true&v=A

Joel Leon and Arthur Lewis - Cloud 9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsUpK2ZeI58

Ars Nova
https://arsnovanyc.com/

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/

 

May 20, 2019

Arthur Lewis (Freestyle Love Supreme's Arthur the Geniuses) is here talking FLS, his journey as a musician, and his favorite music of the moment. Arthur's insight into how and why Freestyle Love Supreme works so well is eyeopening and inspiring. 

Twitter: @arthurlewis
Instagram: @arthurlewis
Twitter: @freestylelove
Instagram: @freestylelovesupreme

http://arthurthefourth.com/

"True" - Grandma
From Episode 6: “The Burbs”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9n1KMJzd_8&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

"On the Fence" - Moving Out
From Episode 10: “Two Jacks Beat Queens”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86gwIpjcaPg&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

Silly Pop Song by Arthur Lewis
Album: If We Were
http://arthurthefourth.com/music

We Made It by Arthur Lewis
https://soundcloud.com/arthurlewis/we-made-it

Perfect Moment (Demo B) by Arthur Lewis
Album: Demos from Another Life
http://arthurthefourth.com/music

Giant Steps by John Coltrane
Album: Giant Steps
https://open.spotify.com/album/7cZ6oBx0SEUPDAoxJtxNDh?autoplay=true&v=L

Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) by Stevie Wonder
Album: Music of My Mind
https://open.spotify.com/album/7n0bcoRDylRw5PUKn2PlRJ

Remind Me by Emily King
Album: Scenery
https://open.spotify.com/track/3kCoF6qBfYp01wVU2veIjY?autoplay=true&v=T

Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don - Boasty ft. Idris Elba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huaE85-V8u4

Ars Nova
https://arsnovanyc.com/

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/

 

May 13, 2019

Anthony's third episode opens with an emotional story involving Freestyle Love Supreme's own Arthur Lewis (Arthur the Geniuses), a significant loss, and how the crew grieved together live on stage during FLS' most recent run. After a pizza break, Anthony answers more questions from the Patreon Peeps including how his daughters reacted to seeing him at FLS (and how more and more kids are coming to the shows), how much he loves being in a classroom, and a new way to sing "Your Obedient Servant."


FLS Mic Check:
https://twitter.com/freestylelove/status/1102395450261426176

Twitter
@freestylelove

Instagram
@freestylelovesupreme

Ars Nova
https://arsnovanyc.com/

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/

Caricia Catalani
https://www.ideo.com/people/caricia-catalani
https://www.who.int/
http://www.publichealthcomms.com/news/2016/4/29/caricia-catalani-an-introduction-xcpft-h9m36

Speechless
https://www.speechlessinc.com/

LL Cool J - “Around the Way Girl”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwgt9Dxyyv0

Young MC - “Stone Cold Rhymin’”
https://open.spotify.com/album/5epYkQqWldhYysHIH9mrmE?autoplay=true&v=L

 

May 6, 2019

Anthony Veneziale (aka Two Touch) kicks off his second episode with his Hamilton experience, from Lin-Manuel Miranda calling him as Hercules Mulligan to seeing it in previews at The Public. We also have a therapy session about why freestyling seems so terrifying and why people (especially women) have been hardwired to think that way. Plus, Anthony explains how Freestyle Love Supreme stays positive in this political climate. And then Mike comes home and we order pizza! Yeah, there's a lot going on in this one.

FLS Mic Check:
https://twitter.com/freestylelove/status/1102395450261426176

Twitter
@freestylelove

Instagram
@freestylelovesupreme

Ars Nova
https://arsnovanyc.com/

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/


Caricia Catalani
https://www.ideo.com/people/caricia-catalani
https://www.who.int/
http://www.publichealthcomms.com/news/2016/4/29/caricia-catalani-an-introduction-xcpft-h9m36

Speechless
https://www.speechlessinc.com/

The Power of Shared Imagination | HUGE: Anthony Veneziale & Chris Libby | TEDxConstitutionDrive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsHin8cxlgI&t=

Anthony's Favorite Philly Pizza
https://www.tacconellispizzeria.com/

"Second Chance"
Freestyle Love Supreme Episode 8: "You Better Work(shop)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTUNrzCc6h4&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

 

Apr 29, 2019

Anthony Veneziale (Freestyle Love Supreme's Two Touch) is here and oh mannnnnn did we have one hell of a conversation. In his first episode Anthony talks about the FLS origin story (including freestyling with Tommy Kail on a road trip, getting Cool Points from Chris Jackson, and working on In The Heights), the brain science behind improvisation, and the importance of bringing women and people of color into the space he's created.

 

Twitter
@freestylelove

Instagram
@freestylelovesupreme

Ars Nova
https://arsnovanyc.com/

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy
https://freestylelovesupreme.com/academy/


Hamletmachine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamletmachine

Freestyle Love Supreme Cypher
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl7ovlJU_wc

clipping - “Inside Out”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tFXIy7OWos

“Sunrise”
Freestyle Love Supreme Episode 2: “Feed Me”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS7dodhE8c8&list=ELLpHMo3LpQj5ddv90QMB0Ew

Moondrunk - “My Words”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4xE3xA0mxw

Syndee Winters - “Focus”
https://youtu.be/k8LSmUPy9G4

 

Apr 22, 2019

Wrapping up my hangout with Marc delaCruz we take questions from the Patreon Peeps, talk about the massive impact of Hamilton around the world, and the importance of telling your story. 

Apr 15, 2019

In Marc’s second episode, Marc talks about how it still doesn’t feel real that he’s in Hamilton. He also tells me about the pressure and responsibility of playing Hamilton on Broadway and we have a long and meaningful conversation about the importance of representation. Marc opens up about growing up as an Asian-American and how the lack of representation played a large role in how he saw himself and others. 

Apr 8, 2019

Marc de la Cruz recently made history as the first ever Asian American actor to play the role of Hamilton on Broadway. After falling in love with In the Heights and realizing what was possible on Broadway, he wondered if he’d ever get the chance to work with The Cabinet and SPOILER it’s happening!! In Marc’s first episode, we talk about his journey to Broadway and his experiences with High School Musical, If/Then, and Allegiance. 

via YouTube

OnQ Talent Agency

Published on Nov 23, 2014

Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, direction by Stafford Arima, choreography by Andrew Palermo and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel.

Apr 1, 2019

Mike Moise’s third episode covers a LOT of ground. In addition to lots more Hamilton goodness Mike talks about playing softball with the cast and crew of Hamilton in the Broadway Show League, why A Winter’s Ball into Helpless is one of the most satisfying (heyooo!) parts of the show to conduct, and we go INNNNNNNNN on Leonard Bernstein and West Side Story.

Mar 25, 2019
In Mike Moise’s second ep, we really get into the #TeamMusic of it all. From what he does for his pre-Hamilton piano warmup, to diving into the amazingness of What’d I Miss and The Room Where It Happens, to how he taught himself to play Ableton tracks and saving the show by playing them during a performance, Mike has stories for days! Not to mention the story about Chris Jackson that starts at a Marshalls and ends on the golf course.
Mar 18, 2019

Mike Moise, Hamilton’s Assistant Conductor, is super fun and full of energy. He started his music career at four years old by plunking out Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera BY EAR and by the end of his first episode Mike tells us the story of playing Andy Blankenbuehler’s Cats for ALW himself. But before that, Mike tells the story of how he had lived in NYC for less than a week before Sir Alex Lacamoire called him in to audition for Hamilton. 

Mar 4, 2019

Scott Wasserman, Hamilton's Ableton Programmer, is back this week and on this episode we REALLY dive into how Ableton is used in the show. Scott breaks down how Ableton is used in Ten Duel Commandments, the rewind in Satisfied, The Reynolds Pamphlet, and more! We also talk about musical gems in Wait For It, Non-Stop, and Blow Us All Away.  

Feb 25, 2019

Scott Wasserman is Hamilton's Ableton Programmer, and one of the nicest and most fun people around. Scott has been with Hamilton since the beginning and in this first episode he talks about how he helped create the sounds and effects not played by the (incredibly talented) orchestra. We talk the Vassar workshop, where you can (and can't!) still hear the original Broadway cast in current tour productions, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's amazing #HamiltonPR sitzprobe thread.

Song Salad Podcast

Lin's Sitzprobe Thread

"Suck less. Thanks."

 

 

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