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. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Andrea Z. said...

I was lucky to see the original Broadway run of "1776." I look forward to watching it and singing along to all the songs. It's one of my favorites!

leaves on the Raney Tree said...

I saw it, too, twice, when it came down to Washington, D. C. in the early seventies. Took my mom the second time. It sent a chill up me seeing it in person, and later watching the movie. Good choice, Karen

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