If you can’t get enough of “Hamilton,” and it seems like many can’t, you might want to give “Spamilton: An American Parody” a try.
The satirical show, which heads to Proctors on Tuesday, pays homage to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical while poking fun at it. Created by Gerard Alessandrini, who also thought up “Forbidden Broadway,” the musical has been touring for the last few years, bringing in audiences of ‘Hamilton’ fans and newbies alike.
“‘Spamilton’ is an [introduction] to ‘Hamilton’. It’s ‘Hamilton’ 101 with some tease and laughter,” said Adrian Lopez. He plays the lead role of Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind the genre-bending musical “Hamilton.”
Lopez has been with the show since 2018, shortly after he graduated from Sam Houston State University. Compared to some actors, Lopez got a late start in his acting career.
“It started in my freshman year of college. I was an undeclared major and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I’d never done theater in my life. There was an open call for a musical at my school for a show called ‘Spamalot’ and I was fortunate enough to get a part,” Lopez said, adding, “It honestly was a leap of faith. I knew I had no experience and I was terrified but I’m very grateful I did take that jump.”
Landing the lead role in “Spamilton” was also thanks to a matter of perfect timing, luck and hard work.
“I was doing a residency program in New York and we had a showcase for agents. Our director sent out invitations to casting directors for our showcase and our headshots were on it. Through that invitation the casting director saw my headshot and thought I’d be great,” Lopez said.
After three rounds of auditions, he got the part. Lopez compares the experience to something out of a dream, though the role didn’t come without its challenges.
“I was fairly new to theater so I was never really given a leading role. I never had the responsibility of carrying a show until my first professional gig, which was ‘Spamilton.’ That was and sort of daunting at first,” Lopez said.
Another challenging aspect of the show was just how much there was to learn, from the lyrics to the lines, to how fast they both have to be delivered.
“You really have to be on it. You can’t really breeze by, there’s no room for that in the show. One slip up can lead to a domino effect,” Lopez said.
The spoof musical follows Lin-Manuel Miranda’s journey of creating “Hamilton” and changing Broadway. Along the way, he runs into his influences like Stephen Sondheim and Bernadette Peters.
For “Hamilton” fans (which Lopez has long been), there are familiar characters and familiar songs, they just look and sound a little different.
“We’ve got ‘My Shot,’ everyone knows ‘My Shot.’ We actually call it ‘His Shot’ and instead of ‘I’m not going to throw away my shot’ it’s ‘I’m not gonna let Broadway rot,’” Lopez said.
“We incorporate weird twists into it as well. We add the Molly Brown musical in between the numbers somehow. It’s a crazy wild funny thing to watch,” Lopez said.
It’s a lot to pack into 75-minutes and Lopez said the show will feel like a sprint, even to those not performing.
The show’s run at Proctors, which starts on Tuesday and goes until Nov. 2 will be Lopez’ last before he moves onto other projects.
“We’ve been doing it for a year now and I haven’t called out of a single show. I hope to continue that streak,” Lopez said.
“Spamilton: An American Parody”
WHEN: Tues. Oct. 15 - Sun. Nov. 2
MORE INFO: proctors.org