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

Book - 2016 | First edition.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical

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 readers an unprecedented view of 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, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

Their account features photos 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 book 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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, Melcher Media, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455539741
Branch Call Number: 782.1402 Mir
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 27 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Mar 24, 2018

Got to see the Hamilton twice and I still cry during the show. As a Broadway geek, #ham is one of the best Broadway shows that I have seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Listen to the soundtrack while reading this to REALLY get you in the Hamilton mood! (And to avoid FOMO of not getting tickets)

Jul 28, 2017

I've had this book for about one week and i've read it twice already! It's so good!!! There is so much info about the musical and making it, also about the actors. My favourite part wast the fact that Lin Manual Miranda has over 200 comments in the script. Soooooooo Good! I also loved the look of the book. those thick "torn" pages are the best. warning the book is HUGE! :)

May 30, 2017

If you loved Hamilton, and want to know more about what happened to bring this musical together - this is an incredible book. From the art of comma-flirting to confessions of taking artistic license with historical fact to move the musical along, this is a GREAT behind the scenes book!

Apr 17, 2017

wow, i didn't realize lin-manuel miranda invented perfection

Apr 08, 2017

*FANGIRL SQUEAL* I LOVED LOVED LOVED exploring this book! It's the complete script of the blockbuster musical Hamilton, with annotations by the original writer/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. PLUS tons of essays on the main cast members and lots of big, beautiful full-color photos of the play in action. This book only made me want to see the musical even more! Full disclosure: I checked the book out of my library and actually considered "losing" it and just paying for it but it was a bit pricey. ;) (I wouldn't, really.) Nearly every detail in this book is perfect: even the paper used! It's thick and beautiful. My only tiny complaint: artfully "torn" beveled edges to the pages. I don't have words for how much I hate beveled edges. That's how much I loved this book: I want to own a copy, and it has beveled edges! lol At the advice of some colleagues, I listened to the soundtrack recording while reading it: good advice! I pass it along to you, the review reader. ;) Be ready to shell out money for theater tickets if you choose to read this book.

Mar 30, 2017

I kept hearing from different corners about the smash hit musical Hamilton but it hadn’t been on my radar, so thought I’d read the libretto. The book itself is sumptuous – large format, heavy ragged-edged pages featuring numerous colour plates from the Broadway musical. It reveals, through its accompanying essays and footnotes, the remarkable effort and labor of love in creating and producing the musical.
I learned something about American history and the life of this young, intelligent man who fought the odds, won and rose. (I plead ignorance as a Canadian … but then I doubt Americans know much about Sir John A. Macdonald et al). It’s an immigrant story that in many ways cleverly parallels through rap culture what is current today with the immigration issue. I particularly agreed with the recurring underlying theme, that history is created by who is telling the story. And that it is essential to tell these stories. "We tell stories of people who are gone because they have the potential to inspire, and to change the world." (p.277). One more event to add to my bucket list.
Another favourite quote: "Think of the blood we’ve spilled looking for the best expression of 'All men are created equal.'" (p.53)

Mar 24, 2017

Excellent book on a play that revived a stale Broadway.
A lot of footnotes!

Feb 19, 2017

This is an amazing book showing Lin-Manuels awesome work. It shows all the music of the Hamilton soundtrack and I loved it!!! And it's also a very nice looking book ;)

Feb 14, 2017

This book was a great resource for learning ALL of the lyrics to the show, as well as learning more about LMM's writing process and development for the musical. Love it!

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Apr 09, 2019

yellow_dog_4504 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jun 13, 2018

violet_llama_279 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Sep 27, 2017

abbyruth thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add Notices
Sep 27, 2017

Other: You will be addicted!

Jul 07, 2017

Coarse Language: Some swear words


Add a Quote
Sep 27, 2017

LMM footnote "people always ask if I wrote Dear Theodosia the week I had my son, no. I had wrote it the week I adopted my dog."

Aug 23, 2016

Jefferson: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We fought for these ideals; we shouldn't settle for less


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top