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Title:
Hamilton : the revolution
Uniform Title:
Hamilton (Libretto). Spoken word
ISBN:
9781478913641

9781478939320
Edition:
Unabridged.
Physical Description:
5 audio discs (approximately 6 hrs.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM.
General Note:
"Photo gallery and libretto included in accompanying PDF"--Container.
Contents:
On the origins of revolution, both national & musical, with reference to opening numbers & White House raps -- In which Tommy Kail is intorduced, 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 -- Wherin 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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Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Audiobook of the Year

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 Gold 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 in the PDF with this audiobook.

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 shots.

"Mariska, in addition to being the number-one 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)


Author Notes

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. His most recent musical, Hamilton - with book (which is a New York Times bestseller), music and lyrics by Miranda, in addition to him playing the title role - opened on Broadway in 2015 and was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Hamilton won an OBIE for Best New American Play and is the 2015 recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Material from the show was previewed at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word in 2009, in Lincoln Center Theater's 2012 American Songbook Series and at New York Stage and Film's 2013 Powerhouse Theatre Season at Vassar College.

Miranda's first Broadway musical, In the Heights, received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

He is the author of Gmorning, Gnight!, published in October 2018.

Miranda received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. In May of 2009, Miranda received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Yeshiva University, the youngest recipient of such an honor in the University's 123-year history. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

This glorious, oversize testament to the uplifting, gorgeous, diverse, multiple Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton is a must-have for initiated and new listeners alike. (http://ow.ly/JDdI305MEsh)-Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

The hip-hop musical Hamilton: The Revolution has earned its own biography, which highlights the obstacles, influences, and powerful moments from its development to its Broadway success. McCarter narrates the introduction (which he wrote), and one can hear the excitement and enthusiasm he still has for both the musical and his work with Miranda. Actress Hargitay, longtime star of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, covers the lion's share of this performance, and she does an astounding job. She captures the energy and enthusiasm of the various people quoted throughout the book, while capturing the emphasis and tone to draw out some of the more emotional moments. Miranda chimes in for the last hour, reading-and at times singing-footnotes on the libretto, without the actual context of the script, which will be confusing for listeners who do not have the print book to follow along. A Grand Central hardcover. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

With 16 Tony nominations and sold-out shows through 2016, Hamilton is the year's hottest ticket. Whether it's a fan who has gotten into the sacred room where it happens or one simply blasting the cast recording on repeat, all will be eager to pore over this brilliant behind-the-scenes tome. Composer and show star Miranda joins forces with critic and former Public Theater producer McCarter to deliver the details of this theatrical gem, from its humble beginnings to its extraordinary social impact. Beautifully constructed, the book looks as if it could have easily come from the real Alexander Hamilton's library; its rough-cut pages are filled with gorgeous photos and the play's full libretto. Readers will devour the backstage stories from the crew and original cast, which offer touching personal journeys and deeper insight into the play's beloved characters. Miranda's footnotes provide the biggest draw. A treasure trove of information, they highlight his writing process, musical influences (ranging from show tunes to pop to hip-hop), amusing anecdotes, and so much more. Verdict This is required reading for anyone interested in theater production, culture and diversity, or American history. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 10/12/15.]-Kate DiGirolomo, Library Journal © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.