The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced the UK premiere of Gerard Alessandrini’s Spamilton which opens at the theatre on 24 July 2018, with previews from 12 July and runs until 8 September. The production renews Alessandrini’s collaboration with the Menier following Forbidden Broadway which ran both at the theatre and in the West End.
Alessandrini brings his singular wit to the all-conquering musical Hamilton – in the words of its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda: “I laughed my brains out”. He returns to the Menier to lampoon the multi-award-winning musical, with Spamilton, which not only takes target at Broadway’s biggest export, but a host of the theatre world’s biggest names and musicals.
Spamilton makes its UK debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where unlike the Victoria Palace, there are tickets available – at a fraction of the price.
Kiss of the Spider Woman is currently running at the Menier, the UK premiere of Jordi Galceran’s The Grönholm Method is in rehearsals, the theatre’s critically-acclaimed Travesties recently opened on Broadway and The Color Purple is on tour in the US,
Gerard Alessandrini is best known for creating and writing all 25 editions of Forbidden Broadway in New York, Los Angeles, London and around the world. He features in the original 1982 cast of Forbidden Broadway, and can be heard on four of the show’s 12 cast albums. He also sings on the soundtracks of the Disney classics Aladdin and Pocahontas.
Directing credits include Maury Yeston’s musical In the Beginning, and a revue focusing on Yeston’s songs Anything Can Happen (In the Theatre). Recent musicals which he co-wrote and/or directed include Madame X (NYMF 2011) and The Nutcracker and I (a complete Tchaikovsky score with all new lyrics by Alessandrini). He is the recipient of an Obie Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League, and seven Drama Desk Awards. He was also awarded an Honorary Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre.