[Prime] 1776: A Musical PlayAuthor Peter Stone – 91videos.co

Is An Inspiring And Imaginative Re Creation Of The Events From MayTo JulyIn Philadelphia, When The Second Continental Congress Argued About, Voted On, And Signed The Declaration Of Independence From John Adams S Opening Diatribe To The Signing Of The Document,Is A Classic Musical Play Of Mounting Tension And Triumph Stone And Edwards Have Dramatically Brought To Life The Legendary Delegates The Ever Urbane Benjamin Franklin, The Hot Blooded Newlywed Thomas Jefferson, And The Fiery Adams In Conflict With The Conservative John Dickinson With Stirring Dialogue And Colorful, Evocative Lyrics,Lends An Emotion And Human Dimension To The Story That Is Unattainable In A History Book Alone


10 thoughts on “1776: A Musical Play

  1. says:

    I read the occasional play script from time to time I love 1776 way before Hamilton was an interest and have always wanted to see it on stage I was fortunate to come across a copy of the script book and I was curious to see how faithful the script for the film was to the stage production.To my surprise, it was VERY faithful It was interesting seeing the action cues next to each speaker, it gave it a lot depth and grimace towards some of the not great scenes There was a verse here or there that wasn t in the movie and there were a couple lines that felt a tad expanded on in here Nevertheless, it s an amazing musical.


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    Seeing this play or the film that was made from it is our family July 4th tradition I have been in two separate productions of the play playing Franklin and Hopkins respectively It has been a part of my life for a very long time The nice thing about reading it is the authors have provided an afterward explaining what is real, what is adapted, and why they did the things they did Highly recommended.


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    Played Abigail Adams in 2000 at Playhouse 22 in East Brunswick.


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    Seeing Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards s play 1776 on a stage, or on the movie screen, is in a way easier reading the play as a play is complex One loses Sherman Edwards s music when all one has is printed words on a page But Peter Stone s dialogue is just as trenchant the diligent research that Stone and Edwards did pays off, as the authors effectively dramatize the Second Continental Congress s 1776 deliberations upon the subject of an American Declaration of Independence from Great Britain Stone and Edwards create a colonial Philadelphia populated with characters who are quarrelsome, bawdy, fun loving as far as one can get from the marble monuments in Statuary Hall Whenever I read 1776, my sense that it is truly John Adams s story is reinforced while Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson share a great deal of time on stage with Adams, John Adams and his wife Abigail are the only characters who are referred to in the play s stage directions by their first names It is always John, and Abigail, in contrast with Franklin and Jefferson Adams, Franklin, and Jefferson all come to vivid life in this play Adams combines a core of moral rectitude and integrity with a famously prickly personality he refers to himself, and is referred to by almost every other character in the play, as obnoxious and disliked Franklin is avuncular, humorous, acutely conscious of his own celebrity if someone doesn t recognize him, he ll introduce himself as inventor of the stove but he can turn deadly serious when occasion warrants And Jefferson is self effacing, modest to a fault, but possessed of talents and convictions that will make themselves apparent in due time.The sources of drama in 1776 are twofold First, there is disagreement within the Congress over whether independence from Britain is achievable or even desirable it is striking to hear John Dickinson, an anti independence Pennsylvanian, appeal to Magna Carta as a shared inheritance of all English speaking people Second, once the consideration of Jefferson s Declaration of Independence has actually begun, Deep South delegates led by Edward Rutledge stand ready to walk out if an anti slavery paragraph penned by Jefferson and championed by Adams is allowed to remain in the Declaration.The play premiered in 1969, and the film adaptation was released in 1972 At that time, the nation felt the pride of an impending Bicentennial, and yet the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the tensions of the Civil Rights Era were awakening feelings of doubt and anxiety among many Americans Accordingly, there is nothing easy or facile about America s beginnings as dramatized in 1776. As Franklin says at a crucial moment in the independence debate, Revolutions come into this world like bastard childrenhalf improvised and half compromised This edition of 1776 further benefits from the inclusion of Jefferson s original draft of the Declaration of Independence, annotated with the changes made by the Congress, and from a Historical Note by the Authors that shows the extensive historical research that Stone and Edwards did in developing the play It comforted me, for example, to know that the authors knew that Martha Jefferson didn t really come to Philadelphia in the summer of 1776 to comfort her lovesick husband 1776 brings to life the story of America s beginnings in a powerful way.


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    Summary from Musical Theatre International The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.It s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independenceif only our founding fathers can agree to do it 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book It is an extremely flexible show that can be performed with characters as written or as a concert version See at chose this musical because we are in an election year, and I chose to have a Geopolitical Theater Season for SUNY Sullivan 2016 2017 season I am also, as anyone who knows me, a super nerd, and a super nerd for American History I was in Honors History all through high school and had the opportunity to teach American History at the High School level in 2013 2014 I saw this play as a film, when I was a child, and I saw it live at Albuquerque Little Theatre in 2012 I have always liked the play, especially, the characters of John Adams and Benjamin Franklin I also loved the HBO mini series of John Adams, and I want to explore that character, at some pointIt read very well in our reading series, butit was really longandI m not sure that it matches our community very well I had thought that I could steal a play from Lin Manuel Miranda and color blind cast the play, butthat might be too soonand gimick y The cast really doesn t match our community and the voting reflected thatthe students and the community voted for the other musical, ASSASSINSMaybe, the nerd in me will have to come out, later


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    On the 4th of July, TCM traditionally shows the film version of Sherman Edwards and Stone s 1776 I watch every year It is my second favorite Broadway musical, the first being GUYS AND DOLLS Both plays are available in the spiffing new Library of America collection AMERICAN MUSICALS 1950 1969 Yesterday the 4th I watched 1776 while following along in the book It is a shame that most of what I now know about the Second Continental Congress comes from this version of the history In the excellent afterword in the print edition, Sherman Edwards, a popular songwriter and amateur historian, bemoans that fact that our educational system provides only a sketchy, one dimensional accounting of that month in Philadelphia where our country and its founding philosophy were born This play, and its filmed version, should be required reading viewing Written during the 60s, it mirrors its Vietnam era politics and is still relevant today Edwards and Stone are as historical accurate as the dictates of drama allow Whenever I m in Philadelphia, I think of those men, the cool considerate conservatives, the heroic Caesar Rodney, the mercurial Benjamin Franklin, and, especially, the obnoxious John Adams Men I know from Edwards and Stone.


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    I am a musical theater buff I also have a distinct interest in this period Although this is not exactly historically accurate,it s the first experience I ve had with the founding fathers as real people and not icons I think this is what sparked my interest in history It really is inspiring to know these people were basically just folks living their lives with very similar day to day thoughts and things like all of us.


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    Wonderful play about the birth of the American republic It is entertaining, and it is good history.There is treasure to be found in the back of the book The authors have included a copy of the Declaration of Independence with the edits performed on it by the Continental Congress The Historical Note in the book s last pages contains valuable information about the Revolutionary period and about some of our founding fathers.


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    The text version of the play based on the signing of the Declaration of Independence If you have not seen this play, you should The movie version is very good, too It is based on the actual events surrounding the signing, and is a fun way to introduce American s of all ages to the truth about the founding of our country, and the reading of drama.


  10. says:

    Wonderful musical comedy of the late 1960s with a hard edge of truth and significant research behind it I watched the film many years ago and it has stayed with me You will learn about the Declaration of Independence here than in most college textbooks The love story between Abigail and John Adams is breathtaking.