Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy Carver
There just isn’t a photo angle in the world that does the beauty of this book justice.
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.
Some things you need to know about me:
- I love musical theatre
- I love coffee table style art books
- I love the music of Hamilton
- I love history
- I love Lin-Manuel Miranda and his infectious enthusiasm for everything
Something else you should know, I have tickets for Hamilton London but it isn’t until NEXT JUNE. Damn having to compete for tickets with like the entirety of the UK based Faniltons. So, because my opportunity to see Hamilton is over a year away, I turned to the internet for other Hamilton based things to fill the void and I found this beautiful example of a book.
Right, lets start with the book itself, it is hard back, the cover makes it look like an old school history text book, the spine has gold leafing on it, the pages are finished with these rough edges making it look all ancient and important. I wish there was a way to show you all which could really do it justice!
Then, when you open it, you get the story of how Hamilton came to be from the initial spark of inspiration to opening night, you see costumes, staging, behind the scenes photos, original lyrics, notes and little anecdotes from those who created the show and even Barack Obama!
If you are a Hamilton fan and you don’t like spoilers, maybe wait til after you’ve seen the show, but whatever your stance on spoilers, if you love the show, if you love musical theatre, if you love art books, then you need this in your life. Yes, it is a tad on the expensive side, but it does look ever so lovely on your bookshelf.