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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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Editor of the #Hamilfilm, Jonah Moran, sits down with me to discuss how he got the gig, the process of putting the film together, and how each member of The Cabinet worked with him throughout. Hamilton on Disney+ In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams Fosse/Verdon on Hulu The Sopranos Andy Blankenbuehler on The Hamilcast RENT: Live on Broadway     Jonah Moran Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
In part two of my conversation with Joseph Morales, our friend Nik Walker sends some love, we discuss his final show and how things changed as theaters began shutting down, and Joseph takes questions from the Patreon Peeps.   Nik Walker on The Hamilcast Joseph on YouTube Joseph on Twitter Joseph on Instagram Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
In part one of two with Hamilton CHI & Philip tour's Joseph Morales, he tells how he booked the role of A. Ham, shares his love of great food, traveling, and friendships, and how it all adds up to make some truly incredible vlog footage.   Joseph on YouTube Ducan: A Doggie Vlog Rise Up, A Benefit For Puerto Rico! Hamilton Philip Tour: Florida   Joseph on Twitter Joseph on Instagram Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
Director of We Are Freestyle Love Supreme Andrew Fried takes us inside the 15 year journey that led to the film we see on Hulu today. Andrew tells how passion, friendship, persistence, and collaboration helped capture the essence of what this group has been putting on stages before and after Hamilton, and how they've stayed true throughout. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme on Hulu Boardwalk Pictures "Everyday has the potential..." from TeeRico Chef's Table on Netflix In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams on PBS Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Hamilcast Black Lives Matter: Ways to Help Andrew Fried on Twitter Boardwalk Pictures on Instagram Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
In part two of my conversation celebrating the release of #Hamilfilm on Disney+ with Lin-Manuel Miranda: Lin takes questions from the Patreon Peeps, talks a bit about his upcoming projects, shares some advice for writers, and performs a previously unheard draft of Hamilton's final duel a cappella. Hamilton on Disney+ Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Hamilcast (2017-2020) Andy Blankenbuehler on The Hamilcast (2020) The Cabinet on The Hamilcast (2017-2020) D.O.A. - JAY-Z Word Crimes - Weird Al Yankovic Find The Key - Jonathan Larson On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft The Empty Bowl 'Ten Dollar Tobi' shirt Lin-Manuel on Twitter Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his first return to The Hamilcast to celebrate the release of the #Hamilfilm on Disney+. In part one, we reflect on what led us to this moment, Lin shares how he is feeling now that most of the world has access to Hamilton, he takes us on the journey of getting the film ready in time to release 15 months early, and we share a lot of laughs as Lin recalls some of his favorite moments on stage with the original Broadway cast.   Hamilton on Disney+ Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Hamilcast (2017-2020) Andy Blankenbuehler on The Hamilcast (2020) Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast (2017-2020) The Cabinet on The Hamilcast (2017-2020) GMA Announcement Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2 The Time Philip Seymour Hoffman Stood Up for Patrick Fugit While Making ‘Almost Famous’ We Are Freestyle Love Supreme  Walking My Baby Back Home At the Ballet Dance at the Gym Lin-Manuel on Twitter Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
In part three of our conversation with Chris Jackson he takes us behind the scenes of the original cast reunion surprise for Some Good News, shares what it's like to work for Sesame Street, and tells us what comes next.   Sesame Street: Change The World Have A Nice Day SGN: Episode 2 Ready to Die - Biggie     Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 97] Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 98] Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 222] Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 223]     Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Michael Paul Smith on Twitter Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
We're back for part two with Broadway's original George Washington, Chris Jackson. This week C-Jack is taking questions from the Patreon Peeps, tells us about recording the One Last Time 44 Remix with President Obama, and explains what is running through Washington's mind as he observes Alexander during Say No To This.     One Last Time - 44 Remix Believe in Chris Jackson collection Shirty McShirtFace     Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 97] Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 98] Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 222]     Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Michael Paul Smith on Twitter Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram Join the Patreon Peeps
In part one of three, Mike and I catch up with Hamilton's original George Washington, Chris Jackson. He tells us what life has been like in the years since we last sat down to record The Hamilcast in 2017, brags on the creative team, and shares some quarantine tips.     Black Lives Matter: Ways You Can Help Plan on Being an Ally   John Adams on HBO Hamilton Town Hall Drunk History Andy Blankenbuehler on The Hamilcast Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 97]  Chris Jackson on The Hamilcast [ep 98]     Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Michael Paul Smith on Twitter Gillian on Twitter Gillian on Instagram The Hamilcast on Twitter The Hamilcast on Instagram   Join the Patreon Peeps  
In part two of my conversation with Jason Crystal we are talking about what it takes to deliver quality sound for a Broadway show when you don't know what will happen next, and Jason gives all the best tips and tricks for good sound and recording while you are spending time at home. Sony MDR-7506 Headphones Audacity GarageBand Will Wells on The Hamilcast
A Statement

A Statement

2020-05-3101:40

Tomorrow I have an awesome episode headed your way, and that is part two of my conversation with Jason Crystal, but today I need take a moment to use the platform and privilege I have to denounce police brutality.  So here’s my statement. I have an obligation as a white person to use my voice to speak truth and use the tools I have at my disposal for change. Mike and I are both life long New Yorkers, and the pain we see in the streets of this city right now is much like the pain seen all through our nation.  Systemic racism uses silence as a tool to further harm the black men, women, children, and trans people who are already being harmed and killed every day in this country for the color of their skin, with little to no justice. I want you to know we are with you in the fight to see justice is served. After years of deep diving in a show like Hamilton, I have a responsibility to put the lessons we have learned from it to good use. Nothing comes from no one knowing where you stand.  We need to say these things out loud: Black Lives Matter. We need to have these conversations for things to change. Let's take a stand with the stamina god has granted us. This morning, the first thing Mike said to me was “where are we donating today?” So, if you need more information on what you can do to be of help - including where to donate, petitions to sign, and other resources - there are links below. Stay safe out there. We are with you in this fight.    Ways You Can Help FOR OUR WHITE FRIENDS DESIRING TO BE ALLIES
In my first recording of quarantine I am talking with Jason Crystal, associate sound designer and sound supervisor for Hamilton. We  get an in depth look at what it takes to make Hamilton sing, Jason tells us how the tours manage to be ready for new venues just days after being on stage at the last, and we learn the art of making sure you always hear the conversations on stage you should, and none of the ones you shouldn’t.   Anna-Lee Craig on The Hamilcast Ian Weinberger on The Hamilcast Jason Crystal on Instagram
In part three of my conversation with Andy Blankenbuehler, Andy is taking your questions. He digs deep into his favorite moments of the show, reveals more Easter eggs, and Andy reflects on the moments of Hamilton we never saw that were staged--but later cut.   Gone With The Wind scene  Bandstand Kate Nash The Cabinet on The Hamilcast   Andy on Twitter Andy on Instagram  
I'm back with Andy Blankenbuehler for part two of our incredible conversation. This week we are talking about some of Andy's proudest moments in the show, and the sky's the limit. We talk about having no chill whatsoever, we learn what makes a moment feel like morning, Andy talks Fosse and his date night Gwen Verdon!   Mr. Bojangles - Andy Blankenbuehler PORCUPINE RACETRACK The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor The Cabinet episodes on The Hamilcast
Andy Blankenbuhler is joining me for the next three episodes. In part one Andy takes us back to  some of the most important moments in his process of creating what we see on stage. He tells us about all-nighters, the moments it clicked, seeing the numbers and, in a moment I’ve waited years for, a step by step breakdown of Yorktown. Episode #110: Stephanie Klemons Sing, Sing, Sing White Nights   The Cabinet on The Hamilcast
Alex Brightman tears down the walls as we wrap up in part two of our conversation. We dote on David Korins, discuss why it is so important to bring everything you've got to every show you do, and Alex takes questions from the Patreon Peeps. Must Dearly Depart the Winter Garden Theatre Rory O'Malley Beetlejuice Broadway Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance 2019 The Whole Being Dead Thing Doug Loves Movies Alex on Twitter
Things start real and they keep getting realer as Alex Brightman and I talk what it was like to navigate Tony season alongside the cast of Hamilton, learning from those you believe to be better than you, and we catch a glimpse of the other side as we check in on Beetlejuice on Broadway. Original Cast Album: Co-Op When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock - School of Rock OBCR Tuvan Throat Singing Beetlejuice Animated Series Fright of Their Lives - Beetlejuice OBCR Follow Alex on Twitter
This week we are wrapping up with Jelly D of Freestyle Love Supreme! In part three of our conversation Andrew is answering questions from the Patreon Peeps, through which we learn some ways to use freestyle as a tool for storytelling and how uplifting fellow artists and creating safe spaces of support help breed creativity. FLS Academy Michael Arthur on Twitter
In part two with Andrew Bancroft, Mike joins us as we take a deeper look at where he started. Jelly tells us about his creative beginnings at Wesleyan, we hear what it was like to become a part of the official FLS family as Hamilton was being workshopped and original Broadway cast members are sleeping on the couch.   Funkmaster Flex - Nuttin' But Flavor (Instrumental) Eminem - Lucky You (Feat. Joyner Lucas) Ludacris - Southern Fried Intro/Blow It Out Sagat - Funk Dat
Andrew Bancroft aka Jelly Donut of Freestyle Love Supreme is hanging out with me for three super fun episodes! In this episode we rewind FLS's run on Broadway, talk what it feels like to create in the moment, and go all the way back to Jelly's first cassette tape. We hear the incredible story of how his parents met and fell in love, and it's a little bit me, a little bit Andrew on being weird kids who love The Monkees.   Andrew on YouTube TO MY FATHER I LOVE MY MOM YOU THE BEST MAINE Freestyle Love Supreme @jellyd on twitter @mcjellyd on instagram The Monkees Valleri Plesant Valley Sunday Your Auntie Grizelda Episode clip pulled from "Monkee Mayor"
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Marie Alonso

I love your podcast!! Thank you for this

Apr 17th
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