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review 2018-07-07 15:03
Hamilton: The Revolution - Jeremy McCarter,Lin-Manuel Miranda
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

If you love Hamilton, the musical, this is the book for you. It is a perfect read for die-hard Hamilton fans. 

Well-written and insightful, this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration and making of the musical. 

I have to say, my favorite part was listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda read his footnotes for each song. Listening to various antidotes and explanations for the lyrics really makes you realize what a great writer Miranda is. I also loved seeing some of Miranda's original notes on the lyrics and story. For this, I really recommend the audiobook, because listening to Miranda read/rap his original lyrics is the most amazing thing ever. 

The book also contains the lyrics for each song (including ones that are not on the cast recording) and photos of the cast in various environments (on stage, back stage getting ready, etc.). 

The only reason that I didn't give this a 5-star review is that I feel like sometimes the text went so in-depth into various topics that I got a little bored. I enjoy musicals but I'm not big on the who's who of production so when there would be a whole chunk about someone I had never heard of, I kind of zoned out. I wanted to hear more about the actual musical instead of all on the backstories of the people involved. Don't get me wrong, many of the backstories were really interesting and earned their spot in the book, but others just felt like filler. Obviously everyone worked incredibly hard on this amazing creation, but sometimes it was just too detailed for me. That is just my personal experience. Die-hard musical fans would probably not agree. 

Overall, a fascinating read. Plus, the majority of the narration is done by Mariska Hargitay so SVU fans can rejoice as well. A perfect companion to such an awe-inspiring musical. 
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review 2017-03-05 07:06
Hamilton: The Revolution
Hamilton: The Revolution - Jeremy McCarter,Lin-Manuel Miranda

I am one of the lemmings obsessed with Hamilton these past few years. No shame.

 

Listened to this in audio format and it was narrated by the lovely Mariska Hargitay. Her voice is very nice to listen to, although I do wonder if the recording was her first time through (either an audiobook or this particular one) as there was at least one time where she distinctly starts to laugh mid-sentence. A pleasant sound, but distracting from the otherwise smooth cadence of narration. I also appreciated that there was no pretension wen she read the printed rap lyrics.

 

The book itself is the "behind the scenes" or the "making of" story of the (in)famous musical. It's amazing to learn how much of the success was due to luck and a long building process. What I thought was the "final" version of the musical that everyone has come to know is apparently not what the first audiences saw when it opened off Broadway. Then hearing about that process of refinement from the main contributors, Lin-Manuel Miranda featuring prominently, of course, is fascinating.

 

The end of the audio, at least via Audible, included Lin-Manuel Miranda reading the notes that were included on the annotated (PDF) copy of the musical's lyrics + promotional photos. It's gorgeous.

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review 2017-01-23 20:00
Hamilton: The Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
Hamilton: The Revolution - Jeremy McCarter,Lin-Manuel Miranda

 Rather the Annotated Hamilton, in form, with the libretto to one side of each page, and extensive sidenotes on the other, pointing out puns and allusions (so many of both). There are also lovely photos, and a lot of information about how the show came together, with cast and music and costuming and stage design and direction. And there's a lot, too about the art of playwriting, and what kind of song needs to go where, and what one needs to share with the audience when. Very cool, and not only to fans of the show.


Library copy

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text 2017-01-01 18:14
Happy New (Reading) Year
Hamilton: The Revolution - Jeremy McCarter,Lin-Manuel Miranda

First book read in the new year, and it had its own soundtrack.

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review 2016-11-24 00:00
Hamilton: The Revolution
Hamilton: The Revolution - Jeremy McCarter,Lin-Manuel Miranda One of the most remarkable things about musical theatre is how profoundly it changes lives. I've read scripts and listened to soundtracks all my life, but I haven't read a story of how a show singularly redefined the genre since RENT was published (with the behind the scenes/libretto printed in faux duct tape binding). Hamilton is astonishing, and the story behind it all is just as incredible to experience. I had the distinct pleasure of both reading and listening to the Revolution, and it's definitely a treat to listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda read his footnotes to the libretto.
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