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Hamilton: The Revolution

Hamilton: The Revolution

Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Pages: 288

Edition: Hardcover

List Price: $40

Published: Apr, 2016

Publisher: Grand Central /Melcher Media

ISBN: 9781455539741

Highest rank: #1 on 16th, Apr 2016

First entered: 16th, Apr 2016

Number of weeks: 26

Book Summary

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.


Lin-Manuel Miranda

Name: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hometown: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Born: Jan, 1980

About the author:

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a composer, lyricist, writer, and actor. He is known for the Tony and Grammy Award-winning In the Heights (composer-lyricist, actor) and the critically-acclaimed Hamilton (book, music and lyrics, in addition to playing the title role).

Jeremy McCarter

Name: Jeremy McCarter

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