Hamilton : the revolution : being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America / by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Book | Melcher Media | 2016 | First edition.
Available at St Charles Second Floor (Call number: ML 50 .M6733 H3 2016) plus 1 more
New York, NY : Grand Central Pub. : Melcher Media, ©2016
287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Includes libretto and photographs from the musical, as well as an account of the creation of the musical, from the composition of the first song of the show in 2009 to the opening night in 2015.
Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2016.
McCarter, Jeremy, author.
Introduction, or plan of the work -- Act I. On the origins of revolution, both national & musical, with reference to opening numbers & White House raps ; "Alexander Hamilton" -- In which Tommy Kail is intorduced, and his adventures with Lin surveyed ; "Aaron Burr, sir" ; "My shot" -- Giving the history of Ron Chernow, along with remarks on who may play a founding father ; "The story of tonight" -- 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 ; "The Schutler Sisters" -- Stakes is high; or, what happened at Lincoln Center and what came after, including lunch with Jeffrey Seller ; "Farmer refuted" -- On the orchestrating techniques of Alex Lacamoire, with lively appearances by Van Halen, Elmo, and an actual Beatle ; "You'll be back" -- On the character of George Washington and the character of Chris Jackson ; "Right hand man" -- Concerning the lady and the tramp, in olden days and our own, with reference to "Helpless" and many songs that feature Ja Rule ; "A winter's ball" ; "Helpless" -- On the perfect union of actor and role, with allusion to Renée Elise Goldsberry ; "Satisfied" ; "The story of tonight" [reprise] -- The same subject continued, with allusion to Leslie Odom, Jr., plus remarks on the virtues and merits of union ; "Wait for it" -- Wherin Mobb Deep is sampled, and the immortal Biggie Smalls is revived ; "Stay alive" ; "Ten duel commandments" -- 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 ; "Meet me inside" -- On Phillipa Soo and the trouble with goodness ; "That would be enough" -- On Paul Tazewell and the fashion of revolution ; "Guns and ships" ; "History has its eyes on you" ; Yorktown" -- By which it will appear that good history makes good drama, and in which Sebastian Miranda makes his debut ; "What comes next?" ; Dear Theodosia" ; "Tomorrow there'll be more of us" -- On "Non-Stop," both the song and the way of life, as manifest by Andy Blankenbuehler and The Public Theater's props department ; "Non-stop" --
Act II. In New York you can be a new man, or, the story of Oak and Daveed ; "What'd I miss?" -- An account of rapping for the children, who will one day rap for themselves ; "Cabinet battle #1" -- Did they or didn't they? Or, some discourse on affairs ; "Take a break" -- In which advantages are derived from listening to the Broadway old masters and Jasmine Cephas Jones ; "Say no to this" -- 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 ; "The room where it happens" ; Schutler defeated" ; "Cabinet battle #2" -- A picture of the recording studio, featuring learned comments by Questlove and a thrown shoe ; "Washington on tour side" -- On the origin and persistence of our national shame ; "One last time" -- Of Jonathan Groff, his royal character, his notable career, his dressing room décor &C. ; "I know him" -- On killing your darlings, with reference to "The Adams Administration," the seductions of Ben Franklin, and songs on the cutting-room floor ; "The Adams administration" [full lyrics] -- In which the hero blows up his spot, with the assistance of Howell Binkley's lights and other forms of ingenious stagecraft ; "We know" ; "Hurricane" ; "The Reynolds pamphlet" ; "Burn" -- Giving an account of a hurricane, with a notable appearance by President Obama, and the remarkable rise of Anthony Ramos ; "Blow us all away" ; "Stay alive" [reprise] -- A grieving chapter: on losses beyond words ; "It's quiet uptown" -- Containing a dialogue on ambition, and some topical comments, from David Brooks and Christopher Hayes ; "The election of 1800" -- Further thoughts on ambition, as it pertains to the playwright and the enigmatic Burr ; "Your obedient servant" ; "Best of wives and best of women" -- How the duel was fought, and rewritten, and fought again, as the clock ran out ; "The world was wide enough" -- What is a legacy? Or, a sketch of opening night, and what came after, and what might come next ; "Who lives, who dies, who tells your story".