Lin-Manuel Digs It All

After fifteen months of nibbling away at it between other reads, I finally finished Hamilton: The Revolution last night. I'm crazy-go-obsessed with the musical of the same name so I super much adored this companion book.

Getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Hamilton and the folks involved in it was v. interesting and inspiring, but what stuck with me from Hamilton: The Revolution is that Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't just an incredibly talented artist, he's also an incredibly big fan of, well, basically everything. In fact, in just the footnotes from the first seventy-five pages he gushes over and claims to have gleaned inspiration from so many random things that I forced myself to grab a pen and a pad and start a list.

  • Sweeney Todd
  • Harry Potter
  • Tupac
  • Mobb Deep
  • Big Pun
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "the amazing subway break dancers of New York City"
  • stage direction
  • Latin
  • South Pacific
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Wicked
  • New York City
  • Jay Z
  • Pharrell
  • Common Sense
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says"
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Gilbert & Sullivan
  • West Side Story

Again, the above list is just from the first seventy-five pages of footnotes. In subsequent pages he drops props on Beauty and the Beast, The Roots and Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, among a great big bunch of other stuff.

I love love love how much LMM loves loves loves the world around him.