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Hamilton: The Revolution

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by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
     
 

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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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

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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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.

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B&N Reads
4/19/2016
Until now, those unlucky enough to live too far away from the Great White Way (or who live and work maddeningly close but haven’t yet managed to sell their first-born child in order to afford scalper pricing) have had to content themselves with putting the soundtrack album on repeat. No more! Now, we can also read Hamilton: The Revolution, an exhaustive script book/behind-the-scenes journey that’s almost as good as a front-row seat. (Or that’s what we’re telling ourselves, anyway). Read More
Library Journal
11/01/2015
Miranda was the composer, lyricist, and star of Broadway's In the Heights, which won four Tony Awards in 2008 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Then came Hamilton, the trailblazing, diverse-cast, hip hop-crazy musical that had a sold-out run at New York's Public Theater before winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and transferring to Broadway. Now it's a Tony favorite, with decent ticket availability starting around June 2016. Here, having told the story of Alexander Hamilton, Miranda tells the story of Hamilton. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455539741
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/12/2016
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
124
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
1080L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Jeremy McCarter wrote cultural criticism for New York magazine and Newsweek before spending five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater, where he created, directed, and produced the Public Forum series. He served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and is writing a book about young American radicals during World War One. He lives in Chicago.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Book, Music, and Lyrics/Alexander Hamilton) is the Tony and Grammy award-winning composer-lyricist-star of Broadway's In the Heights—winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, and Best Choreography with Miranda receiving the award for Best Score. Additionally, he is the co-composer and co-lyricist of Broadway's Tony-nominated Bring It On: The Musical and provided Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Miranda, along with Tom Kitt, won the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics for their work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards. In 2015, Miranda was named as a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He lives with his family in New York City.

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Hamilton: The Revolution 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I haven't had the privilege of seeing the musical Hamilton yet, but I feel that between this book and the soundtrack I can almost picture it. Kudos to all who helped put the show together. This story depicted the grueling work and creative genius behind Hamilton, and it's fascinating.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I swear my parents are on the verge of letting me listen to the soundtrack! I'm excited.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I started reading it and fell in love in a snap. I listen to the soundtrack All The Time! This book inspires and teaches
Anonymous 6 months ago
What an absolutely marvelous book, but what a completely terrible reading experience! Trying to read this on a Samsung Nook, and every page turn takes about 10 seconds. To read each page -- the characters of which are blurry even in the print edition -- requires zooming in. But zooming locks up the Nook for another 10 seconds or so (unless it totally stops working which happened twice). Nice pictures -- unless you zoo in (even a little bit) where they become grainy and pixelated. Great book, but a disappointing read on the Nook.
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toniFMAMTC 3 months ago
This is a behind the scenes look at everything involved with the making of Hamilton. It tells how it came to be, how changes were made, who was associated with each part and all the other background information. It explains the importance of this production and the parallels between it and other historical events. I found it interesting, and it made me want to see the performance for myself.
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Ross Orlando 6 months ago
A fantastic behind the scenes look As someone who will likely never be able to see the Broadway production, this was a fantastic piece to accompany my endless listening of the cast album. It delves into the cast and also the actual production of the show from audio to choreography. Interspersed are beautiful spreads of song lyrics with the actual scenes from the show behind them. These pages are where you get insight from Lin-Manuel Miranda with annotations on specific lines and fun backstories. While waiting for the tour to come to Boston in 2017-2018, I will be continuing to listen to the cast album as well as looking back at this book. It's a great coffee table read for guests as well. Highly recommended for fans of the show!
EllenRozek 6 months ago
Magical and moving and unexpectedly hilarious, this was actually my feel-good read of the week. I'm one of those people who tends to fall hard and fast into their current obsession, and the "Hamiltome" more than satisfied my desire to know EVERYTHING about the musical--from how it was cast and staged, to what sorts of musical influences and personal touches were used. Bonus: it choked me up almost as often as the actual musical does, which has to count for something. I've already added this book to my to-buy pile, and I'd highly recommend it if you're as enamored with Hamilton as I am.
nlstein 8 months ago
I bought the digital download of the musical, this book and now my son and daughter-in-law have given my wife and I tickets to the show in Chicago for our 50th anniversary. The music and story are thrilling and the book amplifies the musical with great photos, lyrics, behind the screens stories and notes from Lin-Manuel Miranda. It completes and compliments the entire package. A must have if you're a fan. You'll feel like you're "in the room where it happens".