Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

hamiltonrevolutionAs you read down through the next few blog posts, you’ll see that a lot of my reading over the last few months has been inspired by my fascination with the musical Hamilton (I blogged about my love for the musical here, and will be seeing it live in New York in May!). Getting the “book of the musical” for my birthday was the next logical step.

Hamilton: The Revolution is a must-have for anyone who loves the musical. It contains the entire script — all the song lyrics for this sung-through musical — along with writer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s often hilarious footnotes about the writing process for each song. Between each of the songs is an essay about the process of writing, directing, casting and staging the musical, and there are lavish, full-colour photographs of the stage production throughout. It’s like everything you would ever want in the DVD extras of a movie or TV series you loved, all in a beautifully bound book that you can open and leaf through as often as you want. This is a coffee-table book that currently lives on my coffee table, and I’m loving it.

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