Tween Time: Hamilton vs. ‘Spamilton’

By Michael Berick

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“Spamilton” finds humor in spoofing “Hamilton.” PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG

“Hamilton’s” time at the Pantages comes to an end Dec. 30, so if you haven’t yet seen it (or seen it multiple times), don’t procrastinate. “Hamilton,” recommended for ages 12 and older, has become a cultural phenomenon, and most people now know about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterful musical depiction of Alexander Hamilton’s life story via rap, pop, hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway music. The Pantages holds a lottery for $10 tickets to every performance online at www.HollywoodPantages.com/Lottery 

Fans looking for more Hamiltonian theater action might want to turn their attention to Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre (9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City; www.centertheatregroup.org/spamilton), where “Spamilton: An American Parody” will be performed through the end of the year. The critically lauded show spoofs and salutes “Hamilton.” It is the brainchild of Gerard Alessandrini, who has for years parodied the theater world in “Forbidden Broadway.” Not surprisingly, “Spamilton,” described as suitable for ages 10 and older, aims jokes at Broadway targets beyond “Hamilton,” with topical references often added to the show.   

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