If You Enjoyed…

This CD cover image released by Atlantic Records shows the Broadway cast album for "Hamilton: An American Musical." Atlantic Records said last week that “Hamilton” has so far sold over 54,000 albums, had more than 16 million songs streamed and become the highest debuting cast recording on the Billboard Top 200 in over 50 years _ not typical numbers for Broadway. (Atlantic Records via AP)

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton has been flying off the shelf, no doubt, due to the musical’s record breaking award nominations and wins. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tie-in book for the musical, Hamilton: The Revolution, is just as equally popular. If you’ve listened all you could, and read all you could about Hamilton, then you’re probably wondering where to go next as you wait for the first U.S. tour in 2017. I’ve compiled a list of Music, Audiobooks, Movies, and even T.V. Shows that can keep your Hamilton binge going.

Audiobooks
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow– Creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Mirandawas inspired by Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. Go back to Lin-Mauel’s inspiration and learn more about one of this country’s Founding Fathers. In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz– Although the popular YA fiction isn’t related to Alexander Hamilton or Broadway, Lin-Mauel narrated the audiobook. Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Music
In the Heights: Original Broadway Cast Recording– Lin-Manuel was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton while taking a break from his hit Broadway musical In the Heights. If you enjoyed his composition and writing in Hamilton give In the Heights a shot. The Broadway musical follows an ensemble cast of, mostly, Dominican-Americans in the NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights.

Movies
17761776 is a delightful musical celebration of the founding of The United States of America. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England. All events lead up to that most significant date, July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Les Misérables– In early 19th century France, the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past.

T.V. Shows
John Adams– While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers–General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson–in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Turn: Washington Spies– A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War. Abe Woodhull is a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his friends to from the Culper Ring, an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spycraft.

 

Image and summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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