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Episode 5 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast is all about the musical Hamilton. I saw this smash hit last year in London and I’ve finally calmed down enough to talk about the show without hyperventilating from excitement. In this episode I focus on some of the perceptions and biases I had about Hamilton before I saw it.
Where to Listen to Episode 5?
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Resources – Music
This has links (mostly on Spotify, unless otherwise stated) to the cast recordings/soundtracks that I mentioned in this podcast, as well as to some musical playlists.
It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 2000 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows on here as well. Albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.
Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. This is a great way to listen musicals you know and discover some musicals you may have never heard of before. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals as well.
In The Heights (2008 Original Broadway Cast). This is the first musical Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote/created/starred in before Hamilton and while I haven’t seen it I’ve been listening to the the OBCR and its fantastic. There’s a musical adaptation of In The Heights that will be released in 2021.
Resources – Video
Unfortunately Hamilton hasn’t been made into a movie or into a live on Broadway video yet. However the original Broadway cast were filmed for a filmed stage adaption of Hamilton that will be released in 2021. Meanwhile you can check out the official Hamilton Youtube Channel. It has interviews, behind the scenes stuff and performances from past and current Hamilton casts. You’ll also find Ham4Ham performances. These were performances that the cast did for people standing outside to see the show or for the lottery (before the lottery went digital).
Resources – Websites and Apps
Hamilton Musical. This is the official website for all the current running productions of Hamilton. The best way to find tickets for Hamilton is through this website. It will redirect you to the right ticket seller, whether that’s through Ticketmaster or through the performance venue box office. Be aware if you use a third party website or reseller to buy Hamilton tickets they may be fake. The venue has the right to deny you entry if your tickets aren’t legitimate. I’d only purchase through the official website just to be safe. You can also enter the Hamilton lottery on the website or through the app.
Hamilton App (for iOs or Android). Like the website this is the official app that will let you purchase tickets, but it is also (along with the official Hamilton Website) the only way to enter the Hamilton lottery. You can enter the lottery 2 days ahead of time, which is great. The app also has trivia and stickers and some other fun things for fans.
Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both of these subreddits are great places to go if you want to talk about musicals, get tips (if you’re a performer), and to get recommendations on shows to check out.
Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musicals you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.
Playbill has listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.
Today Tix is an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and more. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it. Please note: Hamilton is not on TodayTix. The only way to win Hamilton lottery tickets is through the official Hamilton website or App.
Use the Code JGZYL to save £10 (or $10) on your first order with Today Tix.
Check out some more Musical Theatre Podcast Episodes on Take Me to the World
Have you seen Hamilton? If so what did you think of it? If not would you like to see it? Leave a comment and let me know.