Last fall, I was watching The View and Whoopi Goldberg raved about this new Broadway musical she had just seen. I was intrigued, and since I was planning a trip to NY this summer, looked into buying tickets. They were out of my price range, around $300 a ticket, so I didn’t buy them. That was a mistake – the weekend I was looking at coincides with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s last performance and that $300 ticket is now selling for thousands of dollars. I still wouldn’t have seen the show but I could have made enough to see several other shows!
My library offers Hoopla, a streaming service that offers music, movies, audiobooks and more. They have the Hamilton soundtrack, and I’ve checked it out several times now. This book is just the icing on the cake for me. It’s really gorgeous, the paper is just perfect for the subject, and there are dozens of interesting pictures. If you’ve seen the show, you will want this book (or so I hear!) and if you haven’t, like me, you can enjoy it vicariously through this book. Add the soundtrack and you can have Hamilton magic without ever leaving home!
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical
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.
7/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION by by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter. Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (April 12, 2016). ISBN: 978-1455539741. 288p.