Another “Hamilton” and “Law & Order: SVU” crossover is coming. Broadway actors Daveed Diggs and Anthony Ramos guest starred on the NBC drama earlier this year, and now it’s Mariska Hargitay’s turn to do a project for the musical. She’ll be narrating the audio book for “Hamilton: The Revolution.”
The book, referred to as “Hamiltome” by writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, discusses the hip-hop musical’s origins and how leading man and playwright Miranda brought it to Broadway. Entertainment Weekly reports that he will read the lyric annotations, and co-author Jeremy McCarter will read the introduction. Yet it’s the “SVU” star that will read the rest of the story, and Miranda specifically requested her.
“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 said in a press release. “She’s an essential part of this city; it feels only right for her to narrate the story.”
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 14, 2016
“Hamilton” tells the tale of Alexander Hamilton, one of the U.S. founding fathers. The musical is notoriously difficult to get tickets to, so fans who can’t see the show at the Richard Rogers Theater are excited for another way to get their “Hamilton” fix – and that group includes Hargitay. The actress, 52, is a big fan of the show. She has posted several photos from trip to the theater on Instagram.
The TV star is one of many celebrity theatergoers. President Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Reese Witherspoon, Kanye West and Amy Schumer are just a few of the many famous faces who have been to the Broadway show.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 19, 2016
While Hargitay reads the main text, expect Miranda to get plenty of air time on the recording. A press release from Hachette Audio reveals that he’ll read over 200 personal footnotes, and his co-author has teased that they’re very insightful. “Lin went in on these song annotations,” McCarter told Vulture in January. “They’re really smart, they’re really funny. He shed a lot of light on how autobiographical some elements of the show are — even moments that you would never think are related to his own experience.”
“Hamiltome” is one of many offstage projects that “Hamilton” fans can look forward too. The Grammy-award winning soundtrack is being released on vinyl April 15. The “Hamilton Mixtape,” an album of covers and songs inspired by the musical, is being recorded with guests like Busta Rhymes, Sia, Ben Folds and more, Billboard reports, but no release date has been revealed yet. It seems there is plenty to satisfy audiences who can’t get into the show.
“Hamilton: The Revolution” will be published by Grand Central Publishing while the audio book will be released by Hachette Audio on April 12.