Hamilton fans looking for another way to feed their obsession, or simply hungry to read more about the musical’s origins, will be able to get their hands on Hamilton: The Revolution (or as creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda calls it, the “Hamiltome”) on April 12, in hardcover and audiobook.
While co-authors Miranda and Jeremy McCarter will narrate the lyric annotations and the book’s introduction, respectively, the prose sections will be read by none other than Law & Order: SVU star and Hamilton “superfan” Mariska Hargitay, EW can announce exclusively. At Manuel’s own request, Hargitay agreed to the project: “Mariska, in addition to being the #1 fan of the show, represents, to me, much of what Hamilton is about — tough, smart, and New York,” Manuel says in a release. “She’s an essential part of this city; it feels only right for her to narrate the story.” Manuel added, during his own recording session: “and she has a killer voice! I want to hear her telling the story.”
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“I’m hard-pressed to express how thrilled and honored I am to do this,” Hargitay says. “Lin-Manuel’s Hamilton enthralls me, and to think that I get to play a part in telling the story of how this masterpiece came into existence, it’s really just a lot to take in.”
The downloadable audiobook edition of Hamilton: The Revolution will feature a PDF of the full libretto, while the CD edition contains an “extensive PDF of images from the print book.”
This project isn’t the only intermingling of Hamilton and SVU we’ve seen lately: Actors Leslie Odom, Jr. (who plays Aaron Burr), Anthony Ramos (who plays John Laurens and Philip Hamilton), and Daveed Diggs (who plays Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson) have all appeared on the long-running NBC drama alongside Hargitay.
Here are some sneak peeks at the book, from Grand Central Publishing and Miranda himself: