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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY BEGINNING FEBRUARY 12

BOSTON – January 3, 2019 – Huntington Theatre Company will present the North American tour of the acclaimed musical comedy, Spamilton: An American Parody from February 12 through March 10, 2019 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The tour launched at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH on December 20, 2018 and is now on tour across the country, playing ten multi-week engagements in its first season.

Created by Gerard Alessandrini, the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway, and performed by a versatile cast of seven, Spamilton 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 Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution.  

The cast features Chuckie Benson, Ani Djirdjirian, Marissa Hecker, Brandon Kinley, Adrian Lopez, Dominic Pecikonis, Datus Puryear, and Music Director Curtis Reynolds at the piano.

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.”

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM:

GERARD ALESSANDRINI 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.

The creative team also includes Gerry McIntyre (Choreography), Morgan Large (Set Design), Dustin Cross (Costume Design), Michael Gilliam (Lighting Design), Fred Barton (Music Supervision), Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting) and Curtis Reynolds (Music Direction).

The North American tour of Spamilton: An American Parody is produced by Spamiltour LLC. Spamilton was originally produced at The Triad Theater in New York City by John Freedson, David Zippel, Gerard Alessandrini and Christine Pedi.

ABOUT THE CAST:

CHUCKIE BENSON (Ben Franklin, George Washington and others, Dance Captain) Recent credits include: Heartbreak Hotel (Chicago Cast), Spamilton (Chicago), The Wiz (Lion), Big River (Jim), etc.  IG: @chuckie.benson

ANI DJIRDJIRIAN (Leading Ladies) is a native New Yorker and was most recently seen in The Office Musical Parody Off-Broadway.   @itsyagirlani

MARISSA HECKER (Swing) National tour debut. Regional: West Side Story (Consuela) at Weston Playhouse, Cabaret (Lulu/Dance Captain) at Lake Dillon Theatre Company. CCM grad. marissahecker.com

BRANDON KINLEY (King George III, Swing) Xenia, Ohio native, writer, actor and musician with a BFA from Wright State University.  Spamilton -  Chicago. @and_itgoesonandon

ADRIAN LOPEZ (Lin-Manuel) Spamilton National Tour. Graduate of SHSU (BFA Musical Theatre, class of 2018). IG: adrian_lopezz

DOMINIC PECIKONIS (Daveed Diggs and others) National Tour debut! BFA Musical Theatre: Sam Houston State University.

DATUS PURYEAR (Aaron Burr, Leslie Odom Jr.) 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). @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). @curtisjreynolds

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR

WHEN: February 12 – March 10, 2019

  • Select Evenings: Tues – Thurs at 7:30pm; Fri – Sat at 8pm; select Sun at 7pm
  • Matinees: Select Wed, Sat, and Sun at 2pm
  • Days and times vary; see complete schedule at end of release.

 Press Opening: Wednesday, Feburary 13, 7pm. RSVP online

WHERE: The Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA / South End, 527 Tremont St., Boston 

TICKETS: Single tickets starting at $25, and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • Online at huntingtontheatre.org
  • By phone at 617 266 0800
  • In person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:

  • $5 off: seniors (65+)
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required);
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required) 

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