In July 2008 Lin-Manuel Miranda took Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton on vacation (what a beach read!), and while reading, Miranda decided that the Founding Father's life story would make an excellent Broadway musical.
After debuting the first song from the show at the White House and a sold-out run at the Public Theater in New York, Hamilton opened on Broadway on August 6, 2016. In the spring of 2019, the Broadway tour will be in New Orleans, but if you just can't "wait for it," you can always check out Miranda and Jerry McCarter's Hamilton, which details the history of the show and even includes the complete libretto with Miranda's annotations.
Already an expert on all things Hamilton? You may be interested in learning more about some of the key figures who appear in the play. And don't forget to check out "The Room Where It Happens" at the Mandeville Branch.
“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” – Alexander Hamilton, "The World Was Wide Enough" Learn more about the men and women who inspired the Broadway musical Hamilton.