How Hamilton Made It to the Stage
Getting to Broadway
Reading Level: 8
Interest Level: 7-12
In July 2008, playwright and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda bought a book to read on vacation. Little did he know that his random choice would eventually help him change the face of Broadway. The book was Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton, an original Founding Father of the United States. Seven years later, Miranda's revolutionary hip-hop musical opened to tremendous reviews, sold-out performances, and record-breaking awards. What inspired Miranda to tell Hamilton's story using twenty-first-century music and casting? How did his vision transform from hip-hop mixtape to Broadway musical? This engaging book shares this fascinating story.