Monday, May 30, 2016

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Hamilton: The Revolution: Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of Its Creation; and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, The Power of Stories, and The New America by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter --- 287 pages

For fans of Broadway musical theater and particularly for fans of the blockbuster hip-hop musical Hamilton, nominated for a record-breaking sixteen Tony Awards this year, this book is a must read.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Hamilton, and Jeremy McCarter, a writer and New York theater professional, have provided a detailed account of the many contributors and influences on the creative process that went into the making of the musical. It began when Miranda read the 2004 biography of American patriot Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, during a vacation in Mexico.  Hamilton: The Revolution includes the complete libretto, with copious annotations; numerous photographs and drawings of the production; and interviews with just about everyone associated with the show.  One of the best expositions of the complex process of mounting a Broadway musical  (Hamilton took six years) I've ever read.

Since the Broadway show is sold out for months in advance, and a Chicago productions doesn't open until next fall (hint --- get tickets NOW), this is the next best thing.

Click HERE to read the announcement of the book's publication in Jonathan Mandell's New York Theater blog.

Click HERE to watch a review by Janet Lindsey on You Tube.

Click HERE to read an article about the book from the New York Times.

Click HERE to read a review of the book from the Wall Street Journal.

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