Do you want to be in the room where it happens? Or, more accurately, are you interested in owning a book about being in the room where it happens? I hope so, because we are BEYOND DELIGHTED to be able to give away a copy of — WAIT FOR IT — The Hamiltome (out today from our mutual publisher, Grand Central).
THE PRIZE: We have ONE copy of this, the very book that you want if you’re a fan of Hamilton, or if you know nothing of it and are wondering, “What’d I miss?” Per Amazon:
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.
THE TASK: #Hamku. We’re going to pick a winner at random, but to keep it fun, please compose a haiku about Hamilton. In any way you see fit; about the musical itself, about your love of the $10 bill, about how you have literally no idea what we’re talking about whenever we reference Hamilton and ergo you actually really need this book, etc. We hope to be satisfied by your efforts. I want a revelation! So listen to my declaration:
THE RULES: Enter as many times as you want. All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday. We fully support you tweeting your entries to the world at large with the #Hamku hashtag, so that all your friends and family can celebrate your wit, but just be mindful that we can only choose winners from the comments. So don’t throw away your shot and accidentally tweet without also posting.
ONE LAST TIME: FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Prizing courtesy of the publisher; open to everyone.)
To the Revolution!