After Broadway's smash hit musical "Hamilton" took to the Chicago stage last fall, it only makes sense that "Spamilton", the Off-Broadway hit show spoofing Hamilton, would soon follow. And boy, Chicago audiences should be excited!
Lin-Manuel Miranda's provocative, hip-hop historical musical "Hamilton", based on Alexander Hamilton's biography by Ron Chernow, opened at the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago on Oct. 19, 2016. The show has been performing to sold-out crowds ever since. In fact, it recently announced an extension through Jan. 7, 2018. Chicago is the first city "Hamilton" came to after New York. The same holds true for "Spamilton".
"Hamilton" tickets through the box office range from $65 to $190 (but you have to be patient and purchase far in advance). You can also try your luck for same day tickets in the online lottery. If you're fortunate, you might be able to snag one of the 44 coveted $10 tickets. Otherwise, "Hamilton" tickets are so popular that they can easily go for hundreds of dollars on ticket resale websites. And theatre-goers are willing to pay the price.
Now "Hamilton" geeks and theatre fans can rejoice yet again, for "Spamilton" is here to reunite us, allowing us a second opportunity to geek out over the show.
But the "Spamilton" experience is very different. You're in a small, basement cabaret theatre. The "Spamilton" tickets are at a lower price point ($59-99). And instead of sobs, it's hysterical laughter that abounds and unites the audience.
Gerard Alessandrini's "Spamilton" holds no punches — coming right for "Hamilton", big Broadway musicals and particularly Lin-Manuel Miranda (who himself saw the show in New York and professed that he 'laughed his brains out', so don't worry, it's all in good fun).
Gerard Alessandrini is no joke, he's a Tony Award honoree and the creator of the lauded "Forbidden Broadway", a Broadway parody show in NY. His lyrics are so sharp and witty, you'll find yourself feeling bad for laughing, but you'll laugh anyway.
Plus, the Chicago-based cast is phenomenal. Chicago has a huge pool of talent and half the joy of seeing the show is watching these actors perform. Frankly, the cast members seem like they're having as much fun as the audience, making the show that much more infectious.
- Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Royal George Theater
Box office address: 1641 N. Halsted Street
Box office phone: (312) 988-9000