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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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Feb 26, 2018

Fergie L. Philippe and Julian Ramos of Hamilton's Philip Tour join me for a #HamiltourToo party! We have the best time and in this first episode, Fergie and Julian talk about the journeys that led them both to Hamilton: from Fergie tweeting acapella Hamilton raps to Lin-Manuel Miranda back in 2015 to Julian working at The Public as a host and seating Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tommy Kail, and Oskar Eustis for their very early Hamilton meetings.

 

Fergie's tweets to Lin:

https://twitter.com/fergsters95/status/678842103284277252

https://twitter.com/fergsters95/status/679529520341364737

 

Hamilton at The Public Theater - Montage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaSD7NY3SCo

 

Look At Me Now: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gyLR4NfMiI

Feb 19, 2018

Tyler McKenzie had a one week vacation between Broadway's Hamilton and joining the Philip Tour and he spent his first night off hanging out with me and I am so grateful! Tyler talks about his Hamilton journey, his strong connection to spirituality, the glory of EduHam, finding stillness in a show that's nonnnnn STOP, and what George Eacker is thinking when Philip interrupts his big night out. This episode is so fun and Tyler brings such a positive energy and outlook to his life, his work, and this recording. #StayWeird, friends!

Episodes mentioned: 

Ashley Graffeo at #EduHam 

Andrew Chappelle

Eliza Ohman

 

Find Tyler:

https://www.instagram.com/thisistylermckenzie/

https://twitter.com/tylermckenzie

http://www.tylermckenzie.net/

 

Find The Hamilcast:

https://www.patreon.com/TheHamilcast

https://twitter.com/TheHamilcast

https://www.facebook.com/TheHamilcast/

http://instagram.com/thehamilcast

Feb 12, 2018

Antuan "Magic" Raimone lives up to his nickname as a Universal Swing in Hamilton. Magic talks about his experience with In the Heights, why he didn't want to audition for Hamilton (and the crazy story about how that went), what happens when you get "Swing Brain," and how his photographic ability to instantly pick up choreography earned him the nickname "Magic." 

Trigger warning: Towards the end of the episode we spend time discussing Antuan's experience with childhood sexual abuse and his activism for other survivors of sexual assault. 

Crime Victims Treatment Center

Live Out Loud

The Homecoming Project

Feb 5, 2018

Emily Roney is back this week and she goes IN on what it's like to not only dress Mandy Gonzalez in Hamilton on Broadway but to also work as her Right Hand Man aka Personal Assistant. We talk #FearlessSquad, the strength of the women who play the Schuyler Sisters, and Emily gives amazing life advice about how to find your passion and achieve your goals. And! We talk more about backstage at Hamilton, including stories about Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs, and Renee Elise Goldsberry winning the 2016 Tony Award for playing Angelica.

#BwaySoundbites feat. The Schuyler Sisters “I’ll Be There” via Mandy Gonzalez on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEWoH1NtTuY

Jan 29, 2018

Emily Roney is the dresser for all three Schuyler Sisters (#AndMaria!) for Hamilton and Broadway and get ready for a mind explosion! Emily is fantastic and we talk about so many things including how The Public Theater changed her life and the role Renee Elise Goldsberry sealed her fate. But let's really get down to it: YES she explains the colors of those dresses and she gives us a verbal look book of the Schuyler Sisters. Get excited!

Jan 22, 2018

Welcome to Eddy Lee's second episode, in which the tangents are plentiful and we're lucky if we finish a single story we start. Still! Eddy Lee is the best and this episode is nonnnnnnSTOP. Eddy performs both James Reynolds and Samuel Seabury, talks about the lack of Asian representation in the media and the arts, and tells the amazing story of meeting a Vietnamese-American #Hamilkid wherein Eddy realized he was a role model. Plus! We talk Pokémon and the role the Universe played in Eddy being cast in Hamilton on Broadway.

Jennifer Jancuska (Hamilton Broadway’s resident choreographer) and The Bring About: http://www.jenniferjancuska.com/the-bringabout/

Carols for a Cure for BC/EFA: http://broadwaycares.stores.yahoo.net/caforcu20vo17.html

KPOP at Ars Nova: http://arsnovanyc.com/KPOP

#Hamilkid Daniel and Eddy: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVi7dkEH6Y3/?taken-by=edru00

Timothy Huang: https://www.timothyhuang.net/

Jan 15, 2018

Remember when Eddy Lee called our recording a therapy session during last episode's Hamilton House Party? Yeah, this episode proves that almost immediately. In the first part of our hang, Eddy - a swing in Hamilton on Broadway - opens up about how he almost became a doctor and how at first his mother didn't approve of dancing as a career choice. Don't worry, all is well now, but his story is definitely one that may sound familiar to other aspiring artists out there. 

Hamilton House Party aka #Hamilcast100: https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-100-grind-to-the-rhythm-as-we-wine-and-dine/

Jan 8, 2018

In honor of my 100th episode (whaaaat?!), I threw a #HamiltonHouseParty with some of my friends from the cast and crew of Hamilton on Broadway: Lexi Lawson, Jevon McFerrin, Eddy Lee, Lauren Boyd, Anna-Lee Craig, and Emily Roney. My right hand man, Michael Paul Smith, joins me as we host this fun, scrappy, and rowdy recording. From the ghosts that haunt the Richard Rodgers Theatre, to reflecting on this past year, we have a great time and Hamilton is so layered that even my guests are learning new things from each other. This is also easily the episode with the most cursing in it; it's not super vulgar but be aware of that if you listen with your little ones. Enjoy and thank you so much for taking this journey with me for my first 100 episodes - I'm just getting started! Stick around to the end to hear from some past alums of The Hamilcast who wanted to send some love for this milestone.


Jevon McFerrin's Episodes:

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-52-pride-is-not-the-word-im-looking-for-part-one/

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-53-pride-is-not-the-word-im-looking-for-part-two/

 
Lexi Lawson's Episodes:

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-54-you-walked-in-and-my-heart-went-boom-part-one/

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-55-you-walked-in-and-my-heart-went-boom-part-two/

 
Lauren Boyd's Episode:

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-86/


Anna-Lee Craig's Episodes:

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-93-we-move-under-cover-and-we-move-as-one-part-one/

https://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-94-we-move-under-cover-and-we-move-as-one-part-two/

Eddy Lee's and Emily Roney's episodes are coming in January! Stay tuned! 

The end audio montage of past guests, in order of appearance in the montage:

Lin-Manuel Miranda with Kurt Crowley
Scott Wasserman
Michael Luwoye
Nik Walker
Eliza Ohman
Javier Munoz
Kimmie Mark
Gregory Treco
Anthony Lee Medina
Bryan Terrell Clark
James Monroe Iglehart
Thayne Jasperson
Carvens Lissaint
Chris Jackson
Tyler McKenzie
Ian Weinberger

 

Dec 18, 2017

Listener favorites Ashley Graffeo, Kelly Warne, and Carrie-Rachel Dean join me for my 99th episode and a walk down memory lane, talking Hamilton, the podcast, and Broadway in general. It's the Schuyler Sisters meets the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin' it! 

Dec 11, 2017

Relax, have a drink with me... and Chris Jackson! The rain didn't let up and neither did my guest of honor. In his second episode, CJack wastes no time getting super real. This moving conversation focuses a lot on his son, CJ, who is on the autism spectrum and prepare to learn and feel a lot of things, you guys. We also talk about his amazing family and what it's like being on the CBS show "Bull."

hispanicfederation.org/donate

Dec 4, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Jackson coulda been anywhere in the world tonight, but he's here with me in New York City. Are you ready for Part One of my chat with him?? In this episode, CJack gets real about some of his past bad behavior during the early days of In The Heights, his experience being in the original Broadway company of Hamilton, the moment he thought he chose the wrong career path, and the mutual love, respect, and admiration flowing between the members of the Lin's Cabinet. We go in on those #TequilaThoughts, with a torrential downpour as our soundtrack. 

hispanicfederation.org/donate

Nov 27, 2017

Carvens Lissaint (Washington, Burr, Lafayette/Jefferson in Hamilton on Broadway) is back! This week, Carvens goes in on the backlash he received after having a poem go viral, the logistical differences between Washington and Burr, the beginnings of his Black Velvet persona, and the importance of being authentic.

Journal to Journey: http://urbanwordnyc.org/journal-to-journey/

Urban Word: http://www.urbanwordnyc.org/

hispanicfederation.org/donate

 

 

Nov 20, 2017

Carvens Lissaint is an excellent human and an award-winning poet. He is also covering Washington, Burr, and Lafayette/Jefferson in Hamilton on Broadway. The Carvens Origin Story is INSANE. The Carvens Hamilton Origin Story is EVEN MORE INSANE. Carvens talks about how In The Heights changed his life (Lin came out during intermission during In The Heights to chat with him - which would NEVER happen now), his experience growing up in Harlem with Haitian parents, and how he literally had a Hamilton in his bank account before he booked Hamilton on Broadway.

Urban Dove: http://www.urbandove.org/

Urban Word: http://www.urbanwordnyc.org/

Brave New Voices slam champion Joshua Bennett performs "Tamaraʼs Opus at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5BwD8zOeM

 

hispanicfederation.org/donate

 

 

Nov 13, 2017

Anna-Lee Craig is back again this week and if you don't think she's the coolest, just you wait until you listen to this episode: ALC talks about being a badass lady in a field that has traditionally been dominated by men. We also talk about the hardest Hamilton tracks to mix, and how the cast and crew are Hamilton super fans - just like us!

Nov 6, 2017

Get ready to become OBSESSED with Anna-Lee Craig, one of Hamilton Broadway's team of groundbreaking sound experts. Anna-Lee's official title is A2/Assistant Sound, but I've also added Badass Lady because she is awesome. Having been with Hamilton since The Public, Anna-Lee knows how to make each and every performance sound its best. I mean, she came up with a special microphone design the crew calls the ALC Special. Does it get any cooler than that? Oh - one more thing - Anna-Lee invited me to watch the show from her sound console WHICH I WILL NEVER GET OVER, EVER! But having watch her mix a performance, I can tell you that what she does is nothing less than sorcery. Lezgo!

Oct 30, 2017

Our last week of #Lintoberfest starts out with some exciting news courtesy of Alex Lacamoire and Tommy Kail from all the way across the sea... and it is BANANAS! In Part Two of the B-Sides, Mike and I share more cut audio with Lin-Manuel Miranda, take questions from the Patreon Peeps, and reflect on the insanity of the last few weeks. 

 

To help Puerto Rico:


https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWVJYaFlGP5hP

 

Donate to disaster relief:


http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9


https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate


https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/


https://secure.humanesociety.org

 

Oct 23, 2017

Welcome to The Lin B-Sides! Mike is joining me as I play cut audio from #Lintoberfest and give you behind the scenes commentary about what it was like recording with Lin-Manuel Miranda. And guess what? We have so many details to share with you that there will be TWO B-Sides, meaning you'll have FIVE Lin-Manuel Miranda episodes. Enjoy!

 

To help Puerto Rico:


https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWVJYaFlGP5hP

 

Donate to disaster relief:


http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9


https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate


https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/


https://secure.humanesociety.org

 

Irish Bat Dad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47pjisXzb_c

 

Freestyle Love Supreme improvise about Broadway at Sirius XM Live on Broadway:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuCOe5mshLw&feature=youtu.be

 

Oct 16, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda is back for another round and #Lintoberfest Part Three is our most emotional episode yet; Lin goes IN on "It's Quiet Uptown" as well as his thoughts on legacies and what he says is truly beautiful. But don't worry, there's balance! We also talk King George III, Moana, if and when the audience is allowed to sing along during parts of Hamilton, and Lin gives advice to writers and creative people. Stay tuned for next week for Part Four aka The Lin B-Sides, where you'll hear audio from the cutting room floor along with commentary from me and Mike. Keep sending those #popcornchomp photos!

 

To help Puerto Rico:


https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWVJYaFlGP5hP

 

Donate to disaster relief:


http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9


https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate


https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/


https://secure.humanesociety.org


Previous episodes referenced:


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-83-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-84-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume-part-two

 

John Adams HBO Miniseries:

http://www.hbo.com/john-adams

 

"More" demo from Moana: 

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

 

"Hot House" by Charlie Parker:

https://archive.org/details/CharlieParker93Songs

Oct 9, 2017

Welcome to Part Two of a five part series featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda! I am once again joined by my husband Mike and this episode focuses a LOT on music, so prepare to have your mind blown. Lin tries to teach me how to freestyle (it doesn't go well), we talk about Freestyle Love Supreme, Lin plays a "Meet Me Inside" demo, and answers questions from the Patreon Peeps. We also talk Hamilton memes, inside jokes from the days at The Public, and more. PS: Don't forget to send me your photos of listening to #Lintoberfest with your own popcorn using either #Lintoberfest or #popcornchomp!

 

To help Puerto Rico:


https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWVJYaFlGP5hP

 

Donate to disaster relief:


http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9


https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate


https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/


https://secure.humanesociety.org


Previous episodes referenced:


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-65-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-one/


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-66-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-two/


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-77-you-want-a-revolution-i-want-a-revelation


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-83-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-84-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume-part-two

 

Shockwave's Ham4Ham:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=605NNhgl2U0

 

Freestyle Love Supreme at Joe's Pub: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_MLXaP2q1M 

 

Lin on Drunk History:

http://www.cc.com/episodes/y51rs0/drunk-history-hamilton-season-4-ep-410

 

Oct 2, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda came over to my apartment and we had so much fun that I have FIVE episodes for you! Welcome to #Lintoberfest, with my husband Michael Paul Smith joining me for these episodes. In Part One, I try to get over the fact that Lin is recording in my living room - spoiler! I don't! - But regardless, we tell the story of how Lin ended up on the podcast, details of the early days of Hamilton, why Lin is a Hamilton/Burr hybrid, and quote The West Wing a LOT. We also eat popcorn and drink the Spark Into a Flame cocktail, made especially for Lin and inspired by his Inwood, NYC roots. Stay tuned for four more episodes: two more with Lin and then the Lin B-Sides which will be outtakes, non-sequiturs, and commentary by me and Mike (you know Mike). And no, I'm still not over the fact that this happened! No chill whatsoever!

To help Puerto Rico:
https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

Donate to disaster relief:
http://www.businessinsider.com/best-charities-to-help-hurricane-victims-harvey-irma-maria-2017-9


https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate


https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/


https://secure.humanesociety.org


Previous episodes referenced:
http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-65-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-one/


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-66-dag-i-amaze-and-astonish-part-two/


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-77-you-want-a-revolution-i-want-a-revelation


http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-83-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume/

http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-84-everybodys-dancin-and-the-bands-top-volume-part-two

 

Sep 25, 2017

All hail Queen Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea)! Lesli is Broadway royalty and also human royalty because she rules her own kingdom, you guys. Get inspired as Lesli talks all about what it means to rule your kingdom and how can make it happen. And, duh, we talk all about Hamilton! Lesli gets super emotional reminiscing about seeing Hamilton for the first time and conversations with her friends and to Hamilton OGs Leslie Odom, Jr., Betsey Struxness, and Thayne Jasperson when they first started their crazy journey into what can only be described as Broadway's version of Beatlemania. Oh and we laugh a lot and drink wine out of GOBLETS! 

Sep 18, 2017

Lauren Boyd is truly delightful, especially on a rainy day in New York City. Hamilton Broadway's Woman 1 and Peggy/Maria stopped by to chat Hamilton's LA opening, details about her roles (like how Woman 1 is Martha Washington and her insights into Maria Reynolds), why stagedooring is so important to her, and how she handles those occasional bad days we all deal with.

Sep 11, 2017

Hear ye, hear ye! His name is Thayne Jasperson and he originated the role of Samuel Seabury in Hamilton! Yep, you read that right; Thayne. Jasperson. is on. the podcast. And the word of the day is FERVOR. Get ready for a full hour of #SeaburysFreeThoughts. Thayne really is as kind, energetic, and hilarious as he seems. In this super rapid fire and fun episode, we are all over the place and it is the best ever. Thayne talks about the details he added to Samuel Seabury before Hamilton moved to Broadway (plus changes that have since been cut from the show), his love of King George III, how he messes with his fellow cast members on stage, why his faith is so important to him, and explains his cookie addiction. We also talk a lot about ghosts, nudity (are you okay? take a few deep breaths!), and Thayne breaks out more than a few accents. 

 

Thayne's #FreeSpeech video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNIZ-v4xlwA 

Credit: The Oratory Laboratory

Sep 4, 2017

Ian Weinberger is back for another episode and you should probably be sitting down while you listen to this one... we turn our attention to the keyboard and YOU. ARE. NOT. READY. Ian plays us mind-blowing musical motifs from Hamilton, and we come to that conclusion that Alex Lacamoire really just can't help himself when it comes to being a genius. In other words, #LacsGonnaLac. We also do impressions of characters from The West Wing because of course we do. 

Aug 28, 2017

Ian Weinberger, the Associate Musical Director of Hamilton on Broadway, is going to BLOW US ALL AWAY. Ian conducts the show, plays keyboard in the pit, and happens to be one of the nicest people on the planet. In this first episode, Ian tells us how he got involved in Hamilton (Dear Evan Hansen is involved), confirms that Alex Lacamoire and Kurt Crowley are as nice as they are brilliant, and explains the musician's version of #BurrsCorner. 

Oh, did I mention there's a keyboard involved? Thank you Gregory Treco for telling me to get a keyboard for this recording and thank you Tyler Mount for making that happen. 

 

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