Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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For those who may not get into the theater for a while, if ever, “Hamilton: The Revolution,” a lavishly illustrated new companion book, can help ease the pain.
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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.
 

About Lin-Manuel Miranda

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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.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.
 
Published April 12, 2016 by Grand Central Publishing.
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by John Williams on Apr 07 2016

For those who may not get into the theater for a while, if ever, “Hamilton: The Revolution,” a lavishly illustrated new companion book, can help ease the pain.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Sharon Eberson on Jul 03 2016

At one point in the musical, Angelica Schuyler, as Hamilton’s future sister-in-law, sings, “You want a revolution, I want a revelation.” “Hamilton,” the book, has both.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Elysa Gardner on Apr 11 2016

No one could tell Hamilton's story more comprehensively than the man who conceived it, and for that reason Revolution is a must-read for admirers — whether you've scored a ticket or not.

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Newsday

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Reviewed by Nelson Pressley on Apr 22 2016

The book’s chief value, though, lies within the juicy footnotes that Miranda adds to the complete lyrics.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Joyce Saricks on May 01 2016

...appreciate Miranda’s research, intensity, humor, and enthusiasm. It’s hard not to come away with increased respect for his accomplishments; he reveals Hamilton’s nature as he displays his own.

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City View

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie Goodrich on Jun 15 2016

This is a dense, magnificent book that shines much like its live-action counterpart. Lin-Manuel Miranda is the toast of the Broadway world at the moment, and this book is a brilliant examination of why.

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Reviewed by Matthew Jackson on Apr 20 2016

At its heart, the book is about how everyone who participated in this story was personally revolutionized, and that makes it something more than fascinating. It makes it moving.

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Guys Lit Wire

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Reviewed by LITTLE WILLOW on Jul 29 2016

...I am very happy that the show has had such an impact - and as a bookworm since birth, I am very happy that this show has such an awesome book to put in the hands of history buffs and musical theatre aficionados alike.

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Reviewed by Sunny Stalter-Pace on Jul 18 2016

Hamilton: A Revolution shows the complicated relationship between the historical figures in the play and the actor who play them. We get a sense of the processes of empathy and distancing that are at work.

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