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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 21, 2017

Raise a glass, friends! Welcome to another Emergency Podcast System. This week, Mike (you know Mike) and our friend and history enthusiast Ted O'Gorman help me recap August 12th's #HamiltonHappyHour, which was Ted's introduction to Hamilton and the Hamilton community. In case you missed it, Patrick Hinds of the Theater People Podcast, Broadway Backstory, and True Crime Obsessed hopped behind the bar with me and we hosted the #HamFam and sang the entire Hamilton cast album in New York City, the greatest city in the world. We had the best time and raised a ton of money for charity. It was also a much needed night of love, support, and community after the country endured what Mike described as a "James Reynolds kinda week."

After the Happy Hour, Ted went home and re-listened to the entire album so we also talk about his first impressions of Hamilton (spoiler: he loved it) and get super nerdy about history pop culture with things like 1776 and The West Wing.

PS: #HamiltonHappyHour is now a thing and Patrick and I are going to do it again. Stay tuned for details!

www.HamiltonHappyHour.com

Aug 14, 2017

Bryan Terrell Clark (George Washington in Hamilton on Broadway) was kind enough to invite me to his dressing room to hang out on a very busy two show day! Spoiler alert: things get real emotional real quick as BTC tells me about how his first time singing "One Last Time" was when President Barack Obama was giving his Farewell Speech in Chicago. Bryan gives beautiful insight to GDubbs, explains why he could never be a swing/cover/understudy (but why he has the utmost respect for them!), and how he keeps himself G.Wash-ready. 

President Barack Obama's Farewell Speech

Bryan's t-shirt company inDEFINED

Aug 7, 2017

James Monroe Iglehart is a kind, funny, generous, amazing bolt of energy and I am so proud to say that he is my guest this week. Fan favorite Ashley Graffeo is my co-host, making this episode extra special. James told us what it's like to play Lafayette/Jefferson in Hamilton on Broadway, how the role compares to his Tony winning portrayal of Genie in Aladdin, meeting the Freestyle Love Supreme crew, the wonderful night that was The American Songbook performance at Lincoln Center (he played Hercules Mulligan!), and he even gives us a never-before-heard Burr's Corner. Plus, we talk about The Muppets, The Blues Brothers, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and more! 

 

James Iglehart sings "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZZjphU6hV0

 

Live at Feinstein's/54 Below: James Monroe Iglehart Sings "When You Wish Upon a Star"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY3ABsBsqG0

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Monroe Iglehart sing “My Shot” at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook in 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OByswSEL-RA

 

The #BARS Workshop with Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs

http://getrafael.com/bars/

 

#BARS Mixtape Musical Medley Vol. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk89Retbl4A

 

The #BARS MEDLEY VOL 2 | Filmed live at the Public Theater, NY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf3YR2wtMyM&t=3s

 

Jul 31, 2017

Universal Swing Hope Endrenyi stops by and we had so much fun! Hope tells us how booking Hamilton was full of surprises, what it's like traveling between all three companies (the word "vagabond" was used), and why she loves the Sons of Liberty. Plus, Hope gives us excellent tips on what we can do to help the environment and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Jul 24, 2017

Kimberly "Kimmie" Mark was gracious enough to invite me to the Richard Rodgers Theatre to tell me all about what it's like to be what is known as a Star Dresser on Broadway for 19 years, dressing stars like Alan Cumming, Raul Esparza, and Leslie Odom Jr. (who brought her to Hamilton). Currently, Kimmie dresses George Washington and Aaron Burr and is easily one of the nicest, coolest people in the world. Take a listen and learn all about how Kimmie became a dresser, tons of behind-the-scenes details about Hamilton, why being assigned to Leslie Odom Jr. was a "dream come true," and how she hasn't actually SEEN Hamilton.

Information on how you can win Hamilton props and autographs through The NJ Freedom Farm raffles: 

https://www.instagram.com/dunkinscout/

https://www.facebook.com/freedomfarmanimalrescue/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/Freedom-Farm-Fairy-157992421405102/?ref=br_rs

https://www.instagram.com/freedomfarm_animalrescue/

https://www.gofundme.com/NJFFAR

 

Jul 17, 2017

Calling all #FearlessSquad members (aka #SquadKicks): We have the one and only Mandy Gonzalez on the podcast this week! Mandy talks all things #FearlessSquad, what it's like playing Angelica in Hamilton on Broadway, her experience as Nina in In The Heights, the importance of having a fight within you, and why the world is a better place with Lin-Manuel Miranda in it. You will feel so motivated by the end of thisHamilton, Broadway, American History, Musical, Mandy Gonzalez, Fearless Squad, In the Heights episode!

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mandy Gonzalez perform "Empire State of Mind" at Lincoln Center for "The Hamilton Mixtape"/American Songbook

"30/90" from Tick, Tick...Boom!

"Breathe" from In The Heights

Jul 10, 2017

Hey Queens it's The Hamilcast with your boo Tyler! Tyler Mount of Playbill's The Tyler Mount Vlog talks everything from Hamilton, to how he got into the Broadway scene, to his vlog, to Tito's vodka, and then back to Hamilton again. Friends, we were all over the map but we went in on so much Hamilton and answered all the questions from our Patreon Peeps. Join the party! 

Alllll the links from this episode: 

 

Playbill's The Tyler Mount Vlog: 

http://www.playbill.com/tyler

 

Lexi Lawson talks manifesting being cast in Hamilton (The Origin of “Lexi” being a verb) on The Hamilcast:

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

 

Tyler Goes Backstage at Hamilton with David Korins: http://www.playbill.com/video/watch-behind-the-scenes-at-hamilton-with-scenic-designer-david-korins

 

Andy Blankenbuehler Breaks Down Hamilton Choreography for the Wall Street Journal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmYTsOrnWP0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb67f2HLVGM

  

Hamilton Rap-Off with Mandy Gonzalez:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu0VMoDJsLU

 

Hamilton Bop-It with Jordan Fisher:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OWn6N-1h-Q

 

Helpless with Lexi Lawson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUgG0qGDtsQ&t=262s

 

Make A Wish with James Monroe Iglehart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMx0Qvgi8GU

 

My Shot with Andrew Chappelle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHKTcW7HQUc&t=278s

 

Hot or Not with Ariana DeBose:

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

 

Hamilton Star Morgan Marcell's First Time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKxm6nBSJMw

 

Hamilton Auditions with Stephanie Klemons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSXefr5TPQ0

 

Lie Detector with Rob McClure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEYs-aXIOjg&t

  

Tyler Mount Merch: 

https://www.tylermount.net/

 

 

 

Jul 3, 2017

Make yourself another Burrgory Bay Breeze because Gregory Treco is back again this week! In addition to taking questions from our lovely Patreon Peeps, Gregory talks about his experiences as both an original Broadway cast member of Boy George's musical Taboo and a finalist on WB's Popstars. Gregory also goes in on his fantastic relationship with his ultra talented brother Mathenee (Mulligan/Madison on the HamilTour) and their very similar career paths. 

 

Become a Patreon Peep: 

https://www.patreon.com/TheHamilcast

Mathenee Treco on American Idol: 

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxv8xw_mathenee-treco-sudden-death-american-idol-12_music

Mathenee Treco's Music Page:

https://www.facebook.com/mathenee/?pnref=lhc

 

Jun 26, 2017

Gregory Treco is in the room where the podcast happens, friends! As the cover for Burr/Washington (and now Lafayette/Jefferson!) in Hamilton on Broadway, Gregory has a unique perspective on the roles and tells us why they are equally challenging and rewarding. We also get some fun details like how G.Wash's sword has a mind of its own, how one scene in The Room Where It Happens occurs three times (I KNOW), and the sage advice he got from his very dear friend Leslie Odom Jr. Oh, and Gregory and Gillian share a mutual love of Your Obedient Servant, so that's fun!

 

 

Jun 19, 2017

Happy Pride! We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with GLAAD to help spread pride, love, and awareness not just during Pride Month but everyday of the year! Friends of the show and past guests, Zeke Stokes (VP of Programming at GLAAD) and Carrie-Rachel Dean (Events Manager at GLAAD) drop knowledge about the Together Movement. Ya know those ampersand pins you saw everyone wearing at the Tony Awards? That was for the Together Campaign! We talk about the importance of telling your story from the Revolution to the Resistance. And of course we do a quick Tony recap because we're not monsters.

https://www.glaad.org/

https://www.glaad.org/together

The episode that inspired the partnership: 

Javier Munoz // Episode #64: I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation // Part Two: http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-64-im-passionately-smashin-every-expectation-part-two/

Gregory Haney discusses playing a transgender character (La Cienega) in Bring It On the Musicalhttp://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-71-ready-for-the-moment-of-adrenaline-part-one/

Carrie on The Hamilcast:

Episode #27: Look at where we are, look at where we started: http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-27-look-at-where-we-are-look-at-where-we-started/ 

Episode #28: Weapon in my hand, a command, and my men with me: http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-28-weapon-in-my-hand-a-command-and-my-men-with-me/

Zeke on The Hamilcast:

Episode #38: Tomorrow there’ll be more of us: http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-38-tomorrow-therell-be-more-of-us/

 

Jun 12, 2017

Gregory Haney is back this week talking about Snapchat filters, making us laugh about his Hamilton friendships, and swooning over his adorable pup Winston. He also gives great advice about stage door etiquette and how to present your best self at auditions - or in life. 

Jun 5, 2017

Hamilton's Gregory Haney is on the podcast this week and we are thrilled to have him! Gregory tells us what it's like playing some of the grimiest characters in the show: James Reynolds, Charles Lee, and George Eacker. We also talk to Gregory about his experience as La Cienega, Broadway's first transgender high school student in Bring It On, and he dishes about being in Grease Live! Not to mention the fact that he WON GLOBAL GUTS ON NICKELODEON WHEN HE WAS 13 YEARS OLD NBD.

 

Gregory on Global Guts:

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May 29, 2017

In a completely unexpected turn of events, Gillian and Mike went to Hamilton again on May 23rd, 2017! We talk about how awesome standing room is, give a play-by-play of the cast, and talk about going backstage. We had a great time and we hope you enjoy our recap!

 

Instagram story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IlNxxZW8ng

May 22, 2017

Anthony Lee Medina is back for another round tonight and we covered so much ground, it's crazy. Anthony tells us what it's like to die 16 times a week as Laurens/Philip on Broadway, how he did the role while battling E. coli (for real!), and our plans for a #HamPrayLove tour to see every single cast member perform every single track in every production of Hamilton. That shouldn't be too hard, right? Anthony also gushes over fellow cast members and describes how his world has been turned upside down since joining Hamilton.

May 15, 2017

I said shout it to the roofTOPS! Anthony Lee Medina (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in Hamilton on Broadway) is on the show this - and next - week! In the first part of our chat we do a quick recap of Gillian seeing Hamilton the night the incomparable Donald Webber debuted as Lafayette/Jefferson, and Anthony tells us what that was like behind the scenes. Anthony also talks backstage pranks (again! so many pranks with this crew!), being a self proclaimed Hamilton "reference box," and insight into playing John Laurens and Philip Hamilton. And we may or may not go on a Madonna tangent... Okay, yeah, we totally do.

May 8, 2017

We're bringing back two listener favorites this week: A discussion of Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton and Amber Kempter of Broadway Goes Pop!. Amber tells us about her trip to New York City and joins us as we dive into Cherpter 22: "Stabbed in the Dark." The hurricane is closing in on Alexander Hamilton and in addition to seeing more hatred from Thomas Jefferson aka Regina George, we also get a small glimpse into Ham's rivalry with Aaron Burr (sir). But mostly, we learn about how the haters tried to bring Hamilton down but he always seemed to come out on the up and up... for now. 

Our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/TheHamilcast

Notes for Chapter 22: http://www.thehamilcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Chapter-22-Stabbed-in-the-Dark.pdf

Amber's first appearance on The Hamilcast: http://www.thehamilcast.com/episode-57-she-plants-seeds-in-the-ground-she-creates/

Broadway Goes Pop! Facebook group for buying Amber's pops: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BroadwayGoesPop/

 

 

 

May 1, 2017

Shockwave is back again this week and gives us a beatbox lesson! We had so much fun and we hope you'll try to learn along with us while you listen. Shock was also kind enough to bring some old school Hamilton goodies from 2012 and tells us about his experience coming full circle with the show. 

www.shockwavebeatbox.com

 

Shock And Awesome Lacamoire – The Room Where it *Happens*

http://headgum.com/episode/lacamoire-the-room-where-it-happens/

 

Shock And Awesome Lin-Manuel Miranda – Freestyle Smoothies

http://headgum.com/episode/lin-manuel-miranda-freestyle-smoothies/

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook in 2012:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OByswSEL-RA

 

Apr 24, 2017

Beatboxer extraordinaire Shockwave hangs out this week and we enjoy some lovely conversation over a custom-made Shocktail. Want to know about his work on "An Open Letter" on The Hamilton Mixtape? Done. Curious how he got involved with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Freestyle Love Supreme? Look no further. Wondering about Shock's origin story and the details on how he figured out he's a fantastic beatboxer? You got it. Enjoy!

www.shockwavebeatbox.com

 

An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS1cSAWsy94

 

HAMILTON Ham4Ham 8/28/15 with Shockwave of Freestyle Love Supreme: 

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

 

In The Heights Flow with Lin and Shock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK8T29ePODc

For more go here: http://offbook.com/linandshock

 

Freestyle Love Supreme Opening Number (Gramercy Theatre 7/26/12):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzEyIHI9VIs

 

Bossy 'r' - Shock & Lin-Manuel Miranda (The Electric Company)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUn8rlC2BWg

 

Apr 17, 2017

The kiki continues, y'all! Javier Muñoz is still hanging out and we're joined by listener favorite Ashley Graffeo! This week we're getting into Javi's activism, how he deals with haters and trolls on Twitter, and we rewiiiind to the beauty of Javi's Cafecito! From the days of the Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton! And yes, we still reference *NSYNC and Destiny's Child and take even more questions from our Patreon Supporters! It's fun. 

PS: For reference, here is the question Ashley's student asked Javi: “I just want to say that I really enjoyed your performance of Hamilton, which I was lucky enough to see, and my question is: so many roles on Broadway are dedicated to people who don’t look like us, so… did you always want to be on Broadway and did you ever imagine yourself playing a role like this?"

 

Apr 10, 2017

Javier Muñoz is here! Yes, for real! This episode is packed, you guys. We sip on the custom-made Tom Cat cocktail as Javi tells us about his relationship with Lin-Manuel Miranda starting with In the Heights and how that impacts his experience in Hamilton, the importance of connecting with every cast member on stage, and his favorite parts of playing HamiltonWe also talk Harry Potter and reminisce about the 90s because of course.

 

"Praying for Time" by George Michael: https://youtu.be/goroyZbVdlo

 

 

Apr 3, 2017

Eliza Ohman, Hamilton's universal swing, takes time out of her insanely busy schedule to chat with us and we are so happy she did because we had a blast. As a universal swing, Eliza performs with every production of Hamilton: Broadway, #HamiltonCHI, and #HamiltonSF/#Hamiltour. IT IS INSANE. Get ready to have your mind blown as Eliza tells us how tracks are different depending on the production, how grateful she is to be able to see so many different actors portray such wonderful roles, and what it was like working with Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber in Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You" video on the coldest day of all time. 

 

Mar 27, 2017

Nik Walker is back for another round and this time he goes into the details of playing both Aaron Burr and George Washington on Broadway, the complexities of both men, and how going back to the text impacts his performance each night. Nik tells also us about past and future projects he's working on, and his passion for bringing a different type of storytelling to the stage. 

 

 

Mar 20, 2017

Nik Walker hung out with us and we're so excited to welcome our first George Washington to the podcast! Nik also plays Aaron Burr and Mulligan/Madison, NBD. Remember Michael Luwoye's Waldo prank? Nik was the victim and we tell you all about how we were 100% in on it and helped make it happen. As we sip the custom-tailored The Dark Knight Rises Up cocktail, Nik tells us about joining the Broadway cast of Hamilton, how fun it is to work with so many of his closest friends, and declares a prank war on Michael Luwoye. 

Mar 13, 2017

J. Quinton Johnson is back and in part two of his chat with us we learn all about what it's like to play Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and why Q makes the acting choices that he does. Q also opens up about how much music means to him and the ways it has enriched his life. 

Mar 6, 2017

That's right, HERCULES MULLIGAN! We had so much fun talking to J. Quinton Johnson who is currently playing Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in Hamilton on Broadway. Q is awesome for many reasons, but one of them is because he is a full on Hamilnerd just like us. In the first half of our chat, Q geeks out over Lin Manuel Miranda's musical isms, talks about his love for Christopher Jackson, and tells an Andy Blankenbuehler story that will blow your mind. 

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