Tuesday, July 4, 2017

REPOST: "1776", the Musical



Wishing all of you in the U.S. a very happy Fourth of July!

As I do every year, I'm taking this opportunity to put in a plug for my favorite Revolutionary War movie: "1776", which is a musical about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

If you've never seen "1776", I highly recommend it. It came out in 1972 (based on the Broadway musical of the same name) and I think I've seen it almost every year since I was nine or so. That tradition continues to this day; my family always watches it on DVD every July 4th, and we will do so again this year.

Diana Gabaldon likes it, too; I've heard her describe it as "hilarious, moving, and very singable". I asked her specifically about the costumes, because I'm fascinated by the details of the 18th century clothing in this movie, and she said they're pretty accurate.

Here are a couple of my favorite songs from the movie:

1) "The Egg" - Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson choose America's national bird.



2) "Sit Down, John" - This is the movie's opening number.



You can get "1776" via Amazon, but it appears no longer to be available on Netflix, which is a shame. If you're in the US, it will be shown on TCM at 10:15pm today, July 4th.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

1 comment:

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen , '1776' is a favorite of mine too , and try to watch is every year and the cast is perfect , Hope you have a wonderful holiday and summer, will be reading Diana 's new books until Sept when season 3 starts , wil be reading your reviews of each episode here on your blog, can't wait , please post more soon. Love your Blog, sincerely .