Hamilton: The Revolution

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here. Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-09-22
That was great! The whole musical (without the music though, just print), lots of great photos from performance, rehearsal and behind the scenes, stories about how it all came together, and annotations about references to other music, about puns (there are PLEN.TY.) and word play, and some info about the historical background and which liberties the creators took with history and why.

I enjoyed it immensely, and am leaving it lying around on the coffee table because I will want to consult it as I am listening to the music.
Reviewed: 2017-08-03
I loved this musical and listening to the soundtrack while reading along and seeing Lin's notes on the libretto was a great extra layer of information!
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