Hamilton is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton, by historian Ron Chernow. On Broadway, it has received enthusiastic critical acclaim and unprecedented advance box office sales.
Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to pick up a biography to read on his vacation from another musical, In the Heights. At the airport he purchased and began reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, a comprehensive biography of Alexander Hamilton’s life, and began envisioning his life as a musical.