Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year-plus, you know all about the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” But if the price of tickets and length of waitlist are any indication, there is a high likelihood you have not actually seen the show yourself. This presents quite the problem. How is one to stay in touch with the zeitgeist without shelling out a week’s paycheck?
Previously, the only answer has been to listen to the songs and ready haughty reviews. But now there is a new solution. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mind behind successful musical, has just released “Hamilton: The Revolution.” All of a sudden, you have the opportunity to read the entire text of the production, plus Miranda’s footnotes and interviews with myriad principals to the play. Not only does this physical copy of “Hamilton” actually provide more info than the Broadway version, but it will also be much kinder to the pocketbook: it only costs $24.00 (or $16.99 on Kindle). And if you somehow have had the good fortune to have seen “Hamilton” performed live, the abundance of extra material makes “Hamilton: The Revolution” more than worth it as a trusted companion.
Of course, there is a third way. You could skip all the pomp and circumstance of music and lyrics and just read the book. “Hamilton” is based Ron Chernow’s best-selling biography “Alexander Hamilton,” the book to read if you want to learn everything about America’s first treasury secretary without the soundtrack. After all, the book is always better.
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