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Waiting on Wednesday: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter!  I was lucky enough to experience Hamilton in person last year and since then, it’s steadily become an obsession of mine.  The upcoming book includes the full script of Hamilton along with over 200 funny, revealing footnotes written by Lin himself, and interviews with over 50 people involved in the production of the Broadway phenomenon.  I will read anything and everything about this show and I highly doubt that I will ever get the soundtrack out of my head (not that I’d want to!).


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-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. (via Goodreads)


4 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter”

  1. Verushka says:

    I only just this week read about Hamilton and realised what it’s about — I SO want to see it! This book sounds amazing too! here’s mine;
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  2. Melissa says:

    I hadn’t heard about this, but I’ll need to read it! The soundtrack has been completely stuck in my head too. I was so happy that I actually got to see some of the show performed on the Grammys. I do hope it’ll eventually tour in my area. I’d love to see the whole thing.

  3. Cassie says:

    I am not throwing away my shot … At pre-ordering this!
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  4. I seriously want to see Hamilton so bad!
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