New Book Will Take Readers Inside Broadway's Hamilton

News   New Book Will Take Readers Inside Broadway's Hamilton
 
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, has acquired the rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda's new Broadway musical Hamilton, which itself was inspired by Ron Chernow's over-800 page "Alexander Hamilton" biography.

The book, which will be released in April 2016 in hardcover and ebook, will include the script to the musical as well as photos, essays, interviews and more.

"The book will be designed to look like an object from Hamilton’s era," according to a press release, "and will include photos and artifacts in addition to interviews, essays and sidebars to accompany the central narrative of Hamilton’s life story and how and why Miranda crafted that life into the stunning stage work over the course of six years."

Tony-winning composer Miranda stated, "When I fall in love with a musical, I want to know everything about it. I remember Rent changing my life on my 17th birthday and being so grateful for the Rent book, which so beautifully brought the story behind Jonathan Larson's musical to life. As an adult, Sondheim's books on lyrics have proven an invaluable asset on the art of lyric writing from one of our greatest creators. Our goal here is to take you INSIDE Hamilton: not just the timeline of its creation, but the thought process, historical considerations, and artistic decisions that went into my lyrics, from beginning to end. I want you to know everything about it."

The book will be produced by Melcher Media, creators of "Wicked: The Grimmerie" and "Rent." The acclaimed new musical that fuses the worlds of contemporary and classic to tell the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton arrived on Broadway July 13 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The musical, which officially opens Aug. 6, incorporates historical figures such as George Washington, Aaron Burr, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

Hamilton reunites the award-winning In the Heights team. Tony nominee Thomas Kail is at the helm, with choreography from Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Miranda, who wrote the show's book, music and lyrics, stars in the title role.

Read about where it all began — an in-depth conversation with Miranda and his father

The musical played an extended, sold-out world-premiere engagement at the Public Theater earlier this year, and the complete Off-Broadway cast has returned for Broadway. Several new company members have joined them.

In addition to Miranda, the company includes Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) as King George, Phillipa Soo (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson (In the Heights) as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") as Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry (The Color Purple) as Angelica Schuyler, Daveed Diggs (In the Red and Brown Water) as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Anthony Ramos (Sideways Stories from Wayside School) as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate and Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast
Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast Photo by Joan Marcus

Also featured are Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana Debose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.

Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. Reveal How Rent Shaped History and Hamilton

The musical has scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

Miranda is the Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer-lyricist of In the Heights. The musical earned four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical. Miranda also earned a Best Actor Tony nomination for his performance as Usnavi. In the Heights was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Miranda is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt) and co-lyricist (with Amanda Green) of the Tony-nominated Bring it On: The Musical. In addition, Miranda translated some of Stephen Sondheim's original lyrics into Spanish for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story and wrote additional songs for the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's Working.

Visit hamiltonbroadway.com.

 

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