Last year, “Hamilton” swept the Tony Awards and won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. It spawned “Spamilton,” a sassy spoof that is packing them in at the Triad on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. As that locale is far removed from Broadway, this laugh riot isn’t eligible for consideration by the Tonys. However, with Friday’s release of the cast recording, it could well contend at next year’s Grammys.
“Spamilton” sprung from the devilish mind of Gerard Alessandrini, who has skewered the rialto for years with a series of shows presented under the umbrella title “Forbidden Broadway.” Unlike those musical mash-ups, which made merry with various tuners playing on Broadway, “Spamilton” lampoons just one show.
“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda swung by the show last summer and gave it his enthusiastic endorsement. Of course, having penned the original tuner that set box office records and won 11 Tony Awards including a pair for his book and score, helps take the sting out of any of these playful slaps by “Spamilton.”
The “Spamilton” recording features original cast members Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles and Nora Schell, with music director Fred Barton at the piano. Making guest appearance are Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett.