Broadway Utica Invites Central New York To Lighten Up…

January 26, 2022

Broadway Utica Invites Central New York To Lighten Up…
at least for one night!


You’ve heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Turns out that a good guffaw has some medicinal merit that Broadway Theatre League of Utica is tapping into.

“Laughter can help reduce inflammation and stress hormones, improve circulation, and enhance the immune system,” says the founder of Synergy Brain Fitness, a consulting company that creates cognitive performance programs, and Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress, Heidi Hanna, PhD. “Laughing changes brain activity. It’s the physical manifestation of finding something funny that forces our body to relax.”

Claims about laughter and its healing ability have sparked several research projects and studies published in journals, such as the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal, Medical Hypotheses, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. These findings confirm that a hearty laugh draws a significant intake of oxygen into the body, enhancing oxygen-rich air that instantly stimulates the heart, lungs, and muscles. Beyond the obvious increase of endorphins, laughter also decreases blood pressure, strengthens memory, and releases neuropeptides that helps fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

But why would Broadway Utica be interested in delivering the news on laughter? Why, for the sake of Spamilton, of course.

New York Times writer, Ben Brantley said, “Spamilton is smart, silly, and convulsively funny!” 

If humor is allowing ourselves to also see the lighter side of life, while acting as a medical fix for tension and battery recharge, then Spamilton: An American Parody is Central New York’s fix. A crash course of everyone’s favorite Broadway blockbusters, filled with celebrity satires, and pop culture zings, Spamilton, the hilarious musical spoof, is apparently just what that the doctor ordered.   

“By using humor strategically, actually planning time to experience things you find funny on a regular basis, you build a mental muscle that is more in tune to the humor of your day. Just like anything else you pay attention to, you experience more of what you focus your mind to see. So if you want to have more fun, play, and laughter in your life be proactive about putting things in your path that will shift you in that direction,” Dr. Hanna suggested. 

Whether you’re looking to curate your comedy or simply take an evening laugh break, Broadway Utica is here to deliver…at least for a night.


JANUARY 27, 2022 AT 7:30PM




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