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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Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Grand Central Publishing :, Melcher Media,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781455567539
Characteristics: 1 online resource (287 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color).
Additional Contributors: McCarter, Jeremy 1976-- Author
Contents: On the origins of revolution, both national & musical, with reference to opening numbers & White House raps
In which Tommy Kail is introduced, and his adventures with Lin surveyed
Giving the history of Ron Chernow, along with remarks on who may play a founding father
In which the character of New York City is considered in its musical and scenic aspects, by reference to David Korins and a curious episode of historical vertigo
Stakes is high; or, what happened at Lincoln Center and what came after, including lunch with Jeffrey Seller
On the orchestrating techniques of Alex Lacamoire, with lively appearances by Van Halen, Elmo, and an actual Beatle
On the character of George Washington and the character of Chris Jackson
Concerning the lady and the tramp, in olden days and our own, with reference to "Helpless" and many songs that feature Ja Rule
On the perfect union of actor and role, with allusion to Renée Elise Goldsberry
The same subject continued, with allusion to Leslie Odom, Jr., plus remarks on the virtues and merits of union
Wherein mobb deep is sampled, and the immortal Biggie Smalls is revived
Of Oskar Eustis, his politics, his eventful career, his thoughts on verse drama, and his stewardship of The Public Theater, with a word about The Pharcyde
On Phillipa Soo and the trouble with goodness
On Paul Tazewell and the fashion of revolution
By which it will appear that good history makes good drama, and in which Sebastian Miranda makes his debut
On "Non-Stop," both the song and the way of life, as manifest by Andy Blankenbuehler and The Public Theater's props department
In New York you can be a new man, or, the story of Oak and Daveed
An account of rapping for the children, who will one day rap for themselves
Did they or didn't they? Or, some discourse on affairs
In which advantages are derived from listening to the Broadway old masters and Jasmine Cephas Jones
On being in "The Room Where It Happens" with the cast of A Chorus Line, plus a brief account of Nevin Steinberg bringing boom-bap to Broadway with speakers the size of refrigerators
A picture of the recording studio, featuring learned comments by Questlove and a thrown shoe
On the origin and persistence of our national shame
Of Jonathan Groff, his royal character, his notable career, his dressing room décor &C.
On killing your darlings, with reference to "The Adams Administration," the seductions of Ben Franklin, and songs on the cutting-room floor
In which the hero blows up his spot, with the assistance of Howell Binkley's lights and other forms of ingenious stagecraft
Giving an account of a hurricane, with a notable appearance by President Obama, and the remarkable rise of Anthony Ramos
A grieving chapter: on losses beyond words
Containing a dialogue on ambition, and some topical comments, from David Brooks and Christopher Hayes
Further thoughts on ambition, as it pertains to the playwright and the enigmatic Burr
How the duel was fought, and rewritten, and fought again, as the clock ran out
What is a legacy? Or, a sketch of opening night, and what came after, and what might come next.
Summary: Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.


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CMLReads_Kristin Dec 08, 2016

Fans of the musical will find lots of great information about how it came to be. Will be most appreciated by those who are already familiar with the music. A great illustration of the collaborative nature of theater!

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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

Apr 08, 2017

*FANGIRL SQUEAL* I LOVED LOVED LOVED exploring this book! It's the complete script of the blockbuster musical Hamilton, with annotations by the original writer/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. PLUS tons of essays on the main cast members and lots of big, beautiful full-color photos of the play in action. This book only made me want to see the musical even more! Full disclosure: I checked the book out of my library and actually considered "losing" it and just paying for it but it was a bit pricey. ;) (I wouldn't, really.) Nearly every detail in this book is perfect: even the paper used! It's thick and beautiful. My only tiny complaint: artfully "torn" beveled edges to the pages. I don't have words for how much I hate beveled edges. That's how much I loved this book: I want to own a copy, and it has beveled edges! lol At the advice of some colleagues, I listened to the soundtrack recording while reading it: good advice! I pass it along to you, the review reader. ;) Be ready to shell out money for theater tickets if you choose to read this book.

Mar 30, 2017

I kept hearing from different corners about the smash hit musical Hamilton but it hadn’t been on my radar, so thought I’d read the libretto. The book itself is sumptuous – large format, heavy ragged-edged pages featuring numerous colour plates from the Broadway musical. It reveals, through its accompanying essays and footnotes, the remarkable effort and labor of love in creating and producing the musical.
I learned something about American history and the life of this young, intelligent man who fought the odds, won and rose. (I plead ignorance as a Canadian … but then I doubt Americans know much about Sir John A. Macdonald et al). It’s an immigrant story that in many ways cleverly parallels through rap culture what is current today with the immigration issue. I particularly agreed with the recurring underlying theme, that history is created by who is telling the story. And that it is essential to tell these stories. "We tell stories of people who are gone because they have the potential to inspire, and to change the world." (p.277). One more event to add to my bucket list.
Another favourite quote: "Think of the blood we’ve spilled looking for the best expression of 'All men are created equal.'" (p.53)

Mar 24, 2017

Excellent book on a play that revived a stale Broadway.
A lot of footnotes!

Feb 19, 2017

This is an amazing book showing Lin-Manuels awesome work. It shows all the music of the Hamilton soundtrack and I loved it!!! And it's also a very nice looking book ;)

Feb 14, 2017

This book was a great resource for learning ALL of the lyrics to the show, as well as learning more about LMM's writing process and development for the musical. Love it!

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Sep 27, 2017

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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