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Synopsis:

“Lin-Manuel Miranda;s groundbreaking musical Hamilton, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 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 and 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–trace 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 reveling footnotes for his 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 40 people involved with 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.”

Review:

This will probably end up being on of my favorite books that I have read this year. It was incredible.

As someone who did theater for 4 years during high school, this book was able to bring me back to my experience during those 4 years. I loved being back in the world of theater and this book just took me back.

I’m not a huge reader of Non-Fiction personally but when a story like this come along my path, that whole opinion can change in an instant.

Hamilton came into my life at the perfect time. I was, at least in my personal opinion, one of the very few people who hadn’t listened to the soundtrack until this past April. I remember sitting down on my bed and doing homework that day. As I was doing that homework, and funny enough it happened to be history homework, I thought to myself, “hey, you listened to some of the soundtrack to Hamilton last weekend, why not listen to the whole thing?” So I did.

WOW. That was the first word that came out of my mouth after just 3 songs into the soundtrack.

Now, eight months later, I can officially see why this musical got all that hype a couple of years ago.

My uncle bought me this book for Easter just a few days later and I finally picked it up and man am I glad I did.

I listened to this book on audio which, in my opinion, was the perfect way to go. The narrators were able to perfectly capture the aura that surrounded this book and was never disappointing to me at any point in time during my time reading it.

I loved hearing how the idea of the musical was developed over those six years. Everything from the casting to the choreography just made me smile. And then on top of that, the annotations from Lin-Manuel Miranda included during the parts were the songs were featured made me laugh out loud. It was the perfect combination of every that I had expected going in and more.

Overall this book was just a great read. As stated previously, it was able to bring me back to when I did theater just a couple of years ago. Now that I am in college, it makes me want to go back to my old high school and relive the plays I did all over again.

On November 24, 2017, Black Friday, I made a trip down to New York City with my parents, brother, cousin, and uncle for the second year in a row. Fun fact, we actually stayed in a hotel just on street over from where Hamilton is performed. We didn’t get to see the show but I did get to go and take pictures in front of the theater. Clips from my trip and the photos I took in front of the theater can be found in a video on my YouTube channel (here is the link!) And, to make it even more amazing, I might be going to see the show next year, whether it be when it comes here to Boston or when I visit New York again next year!

RATING: 5/5

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