Re: My Annual Rave Regarding 1776!

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Posted by Bill R on July 03, 2000 at 10:22:28:

In Reply to: My Annual Rave Regarding 1776! posted by Pilgrim Penny on July 03, 2000 at 09:31:47:

I totally agree PP!!! I love that musical. I am not much of a play or opera or musical person, but this one is great. I was fortunate enough to see them all in person in the live musical in 1976 in Harrisburg. Great experience. Even though it was on stage, it was powerful. And you are right about the song just before Carolina pulls out - captures the mood between pious New Englanders and Southern practicalities perfectly - both sides wrong but impaled by the economics of the times. I like the Scotsman - forget his name - who after they read yet another gloomy report from Washington says "That man could depress a hyena". The song when they are trying to decide who will actually WRITE the declaration is great too. Passing the quill between then like it is a hot potato.

Now, back to cleaning up the mess in the basement so I can get back to work.

Bill R

: Hello and Happy 4th! For all of you who want something besides The Patriot to help you celebrate our Independence, I highly recommend 1776. It is an excellent movie based on the successful early '70s Broadway production. Yes--it IS a musical, and seeing our "Founding Fathers" sing is an experience one never forgets! There is a lot of humour, but also deals with the drama and tragedy of the colonials' fight. The musical number right before the south pulls out of the debate due to the slavery issue is intense. Meanwhile, William Daniels is a perfect ring leader as John Adams (who is "obnoxious and disliked!"), and Howard De Silva is the ultimate Ben Franklin--calm and humourous in his biting commentaries--ridden with gout, he hobbles into the meeting and quips--"If only King George felt like my big toe--ALL OVER!". I am always amazed to watch this movie and marvel at the amount of history they are able to put into song. It is quite accurate and really gives a physical sense of the atmosphere in which this document was conceived. To date, it is my personal favorite docu-drama regarding the birth of the USA. Watch and enjoy! Everyone have a great and safe 4th!--Pilgrim Penny

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