Playhouse on Park and The Bushnell will present the Connecticut premiere of the North American tour of the hit musical comedy Spamilton: An American Parody at Playhouse on Park, from August 14 to September 8, 2019.
Created by Gerard Alessandrini, the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway and performed by a versatile cast of seven, Spamilton: An American Parody is a side-splitting new musical parody. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London, Spamilton: An American Parody will stage a singing, dancing, comedy revolution in West Hartford.
Marilyn Stasio of Variety mused, “Hip-hop, Broadway showtunes, Viennese waltzes — is there anything this guy can’t write? No, not Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Gerard Alessandrini, whose ingenious parody Spamilton simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, “This smart, silly, and often convulsively funny thesis, performed by a motor-mouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues, is the work of that eminent specialist in Broadway anatomy, pathology, and gossip, Gerard Alessandrini.”
Approximate run time: Spamilton: An American Parody plays in approximately 80 minutes, with no intermission.
NOTE: This production is not eligible for coupons, BOGO, vouchers or other ticket promotions.
CHUCKIE BENSON (Ben Franklin, George Washington and others, Dance Captain) Incredibly grateful to reunite with my Spamilton family. Recent credits include: Heartbreak Hotel (Chicago Cast), Spamilton (Chicago), The Wiz (Lion), Big River (Jim), etc. Thank you to God, my beautiful parents and Paonessa Talent Agency. IG: @chuckie.benson
PALOMA D’AURIA (Leading Ladies) National Tour: Elf (Jovie), Regonal: American Idiot (St. Jimmy), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), Pippin (Leading player), West Side Story (Graziella) among others. A proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College '18 (BFA in acting/minor in musical theater). Thankful to be clowning around with the Spamilton family! Thank you Michael Cassara Casting! Thank you to BlocNYC! Thank you Mom, Dad, and Claud! www.palomadauria.com @palomadauria
MARISSA HECKER (Swing) National tour debut! Regional: West Side Story (Consuela) at Weston Playhouse, Cabaret (Lulu/Dance Captain) at Lake Dillon Theatre Company. Endless love to The Price Group, Mom, Dad, Fiona, and Phoebe. Proud CCM grad. For Max. marissahecker.com
BRANDON KINLEY (King George III, Swing) Xenia, Ohio native, writer, actor and musician with a BFA from Wright State University. Was in Spamilton - Chicago and is very grateful to be part of the Spam Fam again! Gratitude: Mom & Dad the best support system ever, my siblings and extended family and friends. IG: @and_itgoesonandon
ADRIAN LOPEZ (Lin-Manuel) Spamilton National Tour. Graduate of SHSU (BFA Musical Theatre c/o 2018). Endless gratitude to Gerard Alessandrini, Michael Cassara Casting, The Open Jar Institute, my friends, mi familia, and every teacher I’ve ever had. IG: adrian_lopezz
DOMINIC PECIKONIS (Daveed Diggs and others) National Tour debut! Thanks to God, my family, Michael Cassara Casting and the entire Spamilton team. Shout out to Jeff Whiting and The Open Jar Institute for making this dream a reality. BFA Musical Theatre: Sam Houston State University. IG @mythriftyaesthetic Facebook: Dominic Pecikonis
DATUS PURYEAR (Aaron Burr, Leslie Odom Jr.) is thrilled to join the national tour of Spamilton! His favorite credits include Broadway’s Cotton Club musical After Midnight, Tarell McCraney's Choir Boy, Dreamgirls, 50 Shades! the Musical (National Tour), and Dunkfest88 (Off-Broadway). Proverbs 16:9 @datuspuryear
CURTIS REYNOLDS (Musical Director, King George III Standby) MD credits: Evita (The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (The WorkShop Theater), Bye, Bye Birdie (Maine State Music Theatre). Acting credits: Murder For Two (Suspects U/S), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), Assassins (Balladeer). Much love to my family and my Joseph. @curtisjreynolds
GERARD ALESSANDRINI (Creator, Writer, Director) Spamilton: (Creator/ Writer/Director): New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, National Tour. Forbidden Broadway (creator/ writer/director): 25 editions all over the world. Also Forbidden Hollywood (writer/director), Madame X: The Musical (NYMF) (co-writer/director), The Nutcracker & I (lyrics), Maury Yeston’s review Anything Can Happen in New York. Television: special material for Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury and Bob Hope. Film: Aladdin, Pocahontas (vocals). Recordings: 12 Forbidden Broadway cast albums, Forbidden Hollywood & Spamilton cast albums. Special Lyrics: Barbra Streisand Duets 2. Awards: Drama League Lifetime Achievement Award, Obie Award, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, 7 Drama Desk (2 Best Lyrics, 2 Special Achievement, 3 Best Musical Revue), and a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Special thanks to husband Glenn Bassett for contributing his many talents to Spamilton.