Lin Your Genius Though

For the past year and change whenever I've made my way through a book I've allowed myself to dig into a few chapters of Hamilton: The Revolution before moving on to my next full-time read. After wrapping up my literary hero Armistead Maupin's Mary Ann in Autumn tonight I snagged Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter's tome off of my nightstand and tucked into a little slice of musical theater pie. Below are three things that I learned.

  • Lin snuck a Beauty and the Beast lyric ("Screw your courage to the sticking place") into the song "Take a Break" (Note: the line's originally from Macbeth but Lin knew it first and foremost from BatB)
  • In letters back and forth between one another Alexander Hamilton and his sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler Church would slip commas between words to change the meaning of sentences which Lin hilariously dubbed comma sexting ("It's a thing. Get into it.")
  • The final line of the delicious second-act infidelity slow jam "Say No to This" was a direct pull from the title of Jason Robert Brown's famed affair song "Nobody Needs to Know" from The Last Five Years (Lin "frantically" phoned JRB to ask his permission to use the lyric)

After listening to the original Broadway cast recording more times than I can count and then finally seeing the show a couple of times during its run in San Francisco this book is pretty much on par with French fries for me.