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Deanna Schetselaar | 16 comments We are excited to introduce the selections for October!

Read: "Hamilton: The Revolution" by Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

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.

Watch: "Hamilton's America" on Friday, October 21 at 8PM

The documentary combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Audiences will sit with Miranda as he composes songs in Aaron Burr's Manhattan bedroom. They'll take t trip to Viginia with Chris Jackson - the African American actor who portrays George Washington - and watch him place a wreath on Washington's grave, as he discusses the difficulty of grappling with our founders' legacy of slavery. Back in New York, Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. - who plays Aaron Burr - visit the Museum of American Finance to get their hands on some 19th-century dueling pistols and stage a quick re-enactment.

We will hold an online discussion here after the airing of the program. Weller Book Works has the book in-stock and is offering a 10% discount when you purchase it at their store!

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Deanna Schetselaar | 16 comments There will be two preview screenings of the program if you would like to watch it ahead of the air date. One will be in SLC October 17, and the other will be in Cedar City October 20. See the Event section on the main page of this group for more information.

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Deanna Schetselaar | 16 comments How is your book reading going?

"Hamilton's America" will be airing on KUED the following dates:

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 9:30pm
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 1:00am

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