Hamilton: The Revolution was released today. The book, which has been dubbed the "Hamiltome" by the show's creator and one of the writers of the book, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is a 288-pag hardcover book that delves deeper into the cultural phenomenon. The book, which was co-written with Jeremy McCarter, is not only a complete libretto of the hit musical, but it has in-debth interviews with the people behind the shows, including Leslie Odom Jr., Questlove, Ron Chernow, and many others. It even has perspective from Stephen Sondheim. Of course, the book has running commentary by Lin-Manuel himself. It also includes reproductions of some of Alexander Hamilton's (the real one) letters and memorabilia.
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There are also dozens of production photos that have not been seen by the public, according to Playbill.
According to the publisher, Hamilton: The Revolution “gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with 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.”
For example, during one section of the text, Miranda writes about "The Story of Tonight," and said: “This was the way into Burr. I knew he and Hamilton circled each other all their lives. I knew they went from friends to frenemies to foes, but it wasn't til I read this detail online—that Theodosia was married to a British officer when Aaron Burr met her, and he waited until she was available—that the character of Burr came free in my imagination. Imagine Hamilton waiting—for anything. That's when I realized our task was to dramatize not two ideological opposites, but a fundamental difference in temperament. No easy task. But that was the task.”
Here's an interview with Miranda and McCarter on "CBS This Morning" this morning.
There is also an audiobook version, which will by narrated by Jeremy McCarter will narrate the annotations to the lyrics and the book's intro, while Mariska Hargitay will read the written sections.
Miranda was quoted in a release as saying, “Mariska, in addition to being the #1 fan of the show, represents, to me, much of what Hamilton is about — tough, smart, and New York. She’s an essential part of this city; it feels only right for her to narrate the story. And she has a killer voice! I want to hear her telling the story.”
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The audiobook will also include a PDF of the show’s libretto.