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

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A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton , winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, now streaming on Disney+ with the original cast.
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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing : Melcher Media, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455539741
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: McCarter, Jeremy 1976-


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Jul 06, 2020

There are no words to describe how wonderful this book is! I loved learning about LMM's process and development of 'Hamilton'. Now I watch the musical and so much of it gains an even deeper meaning to me after having read this book. So wonderful!

I highly recommend this if you are a fan of the Musical Hamilton. Lin's footnotes throughout the lyrics with interspersed vignettes about the cast, crew and creative team is engrossing and gives the show a whole new depth.

The chapter covering It's Quiet Up Town is heart breaking, thoughtful and makes you see the song in a new light.

Truly a great companion to the soundtrack, and it is aesthetically pleasing for any bibliophiles library.

Aug 22, 2019

I own the book, and I love it. It's full of photos, lyrics, and all sorts of cool information. 100% reccomend it.

Jun 24, 2019

Get again when have time to read carfully. CHockfull of interesting footnotes to every line of lyrics.

Jun 05, 2019

Although I have not seen the actual play 'Hamilton I have listened to all the music and am a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda. This audiobook offered up much information about all the beginnings of the Broadway hit along with the people on stage and off. It connected me even deeper to this 21st century work of art. If you are a fan of the play you will probably enjoy this addition.


Mar 24, 2018

Got to see the Hamilton twice and I still cry during the show. As a Broadway geek, #ham is one of the best Broadway shows that I have seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Listen to the soundtrack while reading this to REALLY get you in the Hamilton mood! (And to avoid FOMO of not getting tickets)

Jul 28, 2017

I've had this book for about one week and i've read it twice already! It's so good!!! There is so much info about the musical and making it, also about the actors. My favourite part wast the fact that Lin Manual Miranda has over 200 comments in the script. Soooooooo Good! I also loved the look of the book. those thick "torn" pages are the best. warning the book is HUGE! :)

May 30, 2017

If you loved Hamilton, and want to know more about what happened to bring this musical together - this is an incredible book. From the art of comma-flirting to confessions of taking artistic license with historical fact to move the musical along, this is a GREAT behind the scenes book!

Apr 17, 2017

wow, i didn't realize lin-manuel miranda invented perfection

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Other: You will be addicted!

Jul 07, 2017

Coarse Language: Some swear words


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Sep 27, 2017

LMM footnote "people always ask if I wrote Dear Theodosia the week I had my son, no. I had wrote it the week I adopted my dog."

Aug 23, 2016

Jefferson: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We fought for these ideals; we shouldn't settle for less


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