Gifts for the ‘Hamil­ton’ ob­sessed? Choices are plen­ti­ful

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Leanne Italie

NEW YORK >> Hamil­ton ob­ses­sives have had a long time to, well, ob­sess, but their fa­vorite mu­si­cal is spread­ing its wings to other lo­cales and new, gift-wor­thy good­ies con­tinue to sur­face.

Some sug­ges­tions, both classic and fresh:

READ­ING

“Alexan­der Hamil­ton,” by Ron Ch­er­now. The best-seller that started it all has been out since 2005, but at 832 pages it may feel daunt­ing to theater lovers who are not nec­es­sar­ily his­tor­i­cal bi­og­ra­phy book lovers. Pre­sent­ing it as a gift may be just the needed hur­dle jump. From Pen­guin.

Too wonky? Then gift “Hamil­ton: The Rev­o­lu­tion” in­stead. It’s the Tony-win­ning mu­si­cal’s li­bretto with foot­notes, pho­tos and in­ter­views, by the man him­self, Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, and Jeremy McCarter. From Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing.

Or “Alexan­der Hamil­ton: The Il­lus­trated Bi­og­ra­phy,” by Richard Sylla. Be­cause, beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions. From Ster­ling Pub­lish­ing.

LIS­TEN­ING

“The Hamil­ton Mix­tape,” by Mi­randa and Quest­love, who ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced the Grammy-win­ning cast al­bum. Mi­randa has been teas­ing the 23-track Mix­tape on so­cial me­dia and it will be out in plenty of time for the hol­i­days — on Dec. 2, with pre-or­ders that started Nov. 4. It’s an ode to the hiphop roots of the show and to those who in­spired by it. With con­tri­bu­tions from Mi­randa, The Roots, Ali­cia Keys, Nas, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rap­per, Sia, Regina Spek­tor, Wiz Khal­ifa, John Leg­end and more. Two songs have al­ready dropped.

“Sim­ply Christ­mas,” by Les­lie Odom Jr. For the gift re­cip­i­ent feel­ing nos­tal­gic about the orig­i­nal cast. This for­mer Aaron Burr rein­ter­prets eight hol­i­day clas­sics, This prod­uct image re­leased by Bloom­ing­dale’s shows the Hamil­ton Graphic Tee from Cre­ative Goods, one of a va­ri­ety of gifts for fans of the mu­si­cal “Hamil­ton” for the hol­i­days. in­clud­ing “Have Your­self a Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas,” “First Noel,” “Ave Maria” and “I’ll be Home for Christ­mas.” On S-Curve records. Widely avail­able.

LET BABY IN ON IT

Oh so many one­sies are out there, along with cutie bite-size T-shirts and other lit­tle-fan fare with fa­vorite char­ac­ters, lines and em­blems. Look for sippy cups em­bla­zoned with the vis­age of the man him­self in full color, along with paci­fiers.

For older kids, take your choice of shirts, mugs, phone cases, note­books. We could go on. Start ‘em early, par­ents. Search around for just the right one. Plen­ti­ful.

COS­PLAY

Yes, Hal­loween is over and no, this isn’t an ap­peal to hard­core cos­play­ers here.

But con­sider Hamil­ton­ma­nia the best ex­cuse to buy some­one a killer pair of black, brown or blackand-brown knee-high boots, a la ev­ery­body who wears them on stage. Plen­ti­ful, as are puffy-sleeve, front-ruf­fle shirts just for fun.

A long, Schuyler-sis­ter dress or bright green men’s suit with long coat and knick­ers might be a bit much, but what about those great but­ton vests? So many ap­prox­i­ma­tions out there to ac­tu­ally be worn and en­joyed. Dig in.

LOT­TERY & LUX­URY

Be a lot­tery sit­ter, es­pe­cially if you can’t af­ford to gift ac­tual hot tick­ets to the hot show that’s been sold out for­ever. By lot­tery sit­ter, we mean on­line lot­tery sit­ter. Of­fer to en­ter your ex­tra special fan in the on­line Broad­way ticket lot­tery ev­ery show day for — hey, it’s a gift — two months. That’s ev­ery day. Tick­ets are $10 if you win. De­tails are here and read them care­fully: https:// lot­tery.broad­way­di­rect.com/ faq/

Con­sid­er­ing more than 10,000 peo­ple per show do this on the reg­u­lar, and only a limited num­ber of tick­ets are sold this way to be­gin with, you should prob­a­bly have an­other lit­tle ac­tual Hamil­ton gift in hand.

The show has opened in Chicago, where some ho­tels are of­fer­ing special luxe Hamil­ton pack­ages that in­clude tick­ets, while sup­plies last. That in­cludes the Penin­sula.

Next year, the show is sched­uled to travel to San Fran­cisco be­fore mov­ing to Los Angeles and other cities. Look ahead if you’re hop­ing to gift tick­ets or ho­tel pack­ages.

GRAND CEN­TRAL PUB­LISH­ING VIA AP

This cover image re­leased by Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing shows, “Hamil­ton: The Rev­o­lu­tion,” by LinManuel Mi­randa and Jeremy McCarter. The book is the li­bretto of the ground­break­ing mu­si­cal, with pho­tos, notes and in­ter­views.

PEN­GUIN BOOKS VIA AP

This book cover image re­leased by Pen­guin shows, “Alexan­der Hamil­ton” by Ron Ch­er­now, the in­spi­ra­tion for the smash mu­si­cal “Hamil­ton.”

S-CURVE RECORDS VIA AP

This CD cover image re­leased by S-Curve Records shows “Sim­ply Christ­mas,” a hol­i­day re­lease by Les­lie Odom Jr., a for­mer cast mem­ber of the mu­si­cal “Hamil­ton,” on Broad­way. as Aaron Burr.

AT­LANTIC RECORDS VIA AP

This CD cover image re­leased by At­lantic Records shows “The Hamil­ton Mix­tape.”

BLOOM­ING­DALE’S VIA AP

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