Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! If you unfamiliar with this United States' holiday, here's a list of things we do on the 4th of July: we barbecue meat and we blow up fireworks. And, amid the hot dogs and explosions, we also take time to celebrate the birth of our nation. There is so much drama behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence (and the subsequent Revolutionary War), it's ideal time period for a stage play -- but a musical?
Yes, a musical. Composer Sherman Edwards and writer Peter Stone impressed audiences and critics in 1969 when their show began its Broadway run of over 1200 performances. Now, if you haven't seen this show, you might imagine a boring musical with a bunch of our forefathers standing in line waiting to sign a document. (Well, maybe that wouldn't be so boring - it presents a great opportunity for a kick line!) However, Stone wisely begins he story in early May, focusing on the struggles of John Adams as he debates with other members of congress. Instead of being too serious or overly reverential (think the Hall of Presidents at Disney World), each scene offers fascinating character insights, examining the strengths and weaknesses of the amazing men and women who were part of America's foundation.
Have you seen the musical 1776? Did you have a favorite song? Favorite moment? Leave a comment and share your thoughts about this intelligent, patriotic show.