Hamilton

The Revolution

By Jeremy McCarter & Lin-Manuel Miranda

6 hours 2 minutes

"My name is Alexander Hamilton. And there's a million things I haven't done, but just you wait."

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 listeners an unprecedented insight into 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, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Mariska Hargitay lends her voice to the audiobook and Miranda reads more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is included on the PDF with this audiobook.

"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."
—Lin-Manuel Miranda

Their account features photos (also included on the PDF) 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 audiobook 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.

WOW! WOW! WOW! What a thrilling experience to be in the presence of such Genuis! Brilliance!

Oprah Winfrey

About the Author

Jeremy McCarter wrote cultural criticism for New York magazine and Newsweek before spending five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater, where he created, directed, and produced the Public Forum series. He served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and is writing a book about young American radicals during World War One. He lives in Chicago.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony and Grammy award-winning composer-lyricist-star of Broadway's In the Heights—winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, and Best Choreography with Miranda receiving the award for Best Score. Additionally, he is the co-composer and co-lyricist of Broadway's Tony-nominated Bring It On: The Musical and provided Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Miranda, along with Tom Kitt, won the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics for their work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards. In 2015, Miranda was named as a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He lives with his family in New York City.

Reviews

For those who may not get into the theater for a while, if ever, 'Hamilton: The Revolution,' a lavishly illustrated new companion book, can help ease the pain.

John Williams, The New York Times

No one could tell Hamilton's story more comprehensively than the man who conceived it, and for that reason Revolution is a must-read for admirers—whether you've scored a ticket or not.

Elysa Gardner, USA Today

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ISBN
9781478938323

Length
6 hours 2 minutes

Language
English

Publisher
Hachette Audio

Publication Date

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  • Lin beamed, and threw a couple of triumphant middle fingers in the air.
  • I am the one thing in life I can control.
  • I wish writing were really like the way Andy staged it here: Me in a mania at a desk while a group of people stand around cheering in awe. More realistically, it's me pooping around on Twitter until I get an idea.

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