Skip to main content

Hamilton: An American Musical: Hamilton Resources

The Biography

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Call Number: 973.4 C521a
Publication Date: 2005

The Script

Hamilton the Revolution : being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Jeremy McCarter

Call Number:
Publication Date: 2016

Includes the full libretto and photographs from the musical, as well as an account of the creation of the musical, from the composition of the first song of the show in 2009 to the opening night in 2015.

The Soundtrack

Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Call Number:
Publication Date: 2015

The original Broadway cast recording of "Hamilton," the acclaimed hip-hop musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton.

Hip Hop Encyclopedia

Handbook of Dance and Theater

Hamilton: The Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

For those who have missed the buzz, Hamilton: An American Musical, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, chronicles the rise and fall of the “10-dollar founding father,” Alexander Hamilton. The story is inextricably linked to that of the birth of our nation. Hamilton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, has been blowing away audiences since it opened in February 2015 Off-Broadway and made it to Broadway last August. It’s a pretty great show, and as a teaching tool it’s darn near perfect. The story is gripping, more so because it is (mostly) true, the content is obsessively well researched and based largely on primary sources, and the language is complex and fun. Then there’s the music—an intoxicating cocktail of pop, R&B, rap, and Broadway show tunes—and the mostly non-white casting, all of which effectively erases the distance between the audience and the story.

"Teaching with Hamilton." School Library Journal website. May 03 2016, http://www.slj.com/2016/05/resources/teaching-with-hamilton/.

Hamilton’s America, the documentary film

 

 

Stream now through November 18

A behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s
pop culture Broadway phenomenon, winner of 11 Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize

The Federalist Papers


The Federalist Papers were a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name "Publius." The Federalist Papers are considered one of the most important sources for interpreting and understanding the original intent of the Constitution.

Teaching Resources

Streaming Media

Charlie Rose Interviews Lin-Manuel Miranda
Charlie Rose has conducted several interviews related to the musical, including conversations with Ron Chernow, principal cast members, and Miranda's collaborators. In this video, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer and star of "Hamilton," sits down with Charlie Rose in the historic Richard Rogers Theatre. 

Hamilton show Clips
HAMILTON, Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan Groff & More

Hamilton Ham4Ham with Lin-Manuel Miranda & Thayne Jasperson
#Ham4Ham are the twice-weekly, free sidewalk performances that took place outside Hamilton for the better part of its first year on Broadway. Featuring brief performances from the cast and collaborators, as well as guest appearances by Broadway stars and friends of the show, #Ham4Ham (and Miranda's enthusiastic social media presence) has transformed the way Broadway connects with its fans.

"White House Poetry Jam"
Lin-Manuel Miranda performs "The Hamilton Mixtape" at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009. Accompanied by Alex Lacamoire.