All-Singing, All-Dancing Founding Fathers — 1776 THE MUSICAL!

If you haven’t seen 1776 yet, I highly recommend it. Two warnings, though:

  1. It’s very long.
  2. It’s very addictive.
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What’s not to like about beautiful, stirring speeches, hot-blooded quarrels, and rum?

Okay, I’ll tell you what’s not to like, IMO: Blythe Danner in her pre-Boniva days singing the only song we consistently fast-forward through. But, other than that, what’s not to like?

You got your William Daniels as John Adams, you got your Ben Franklin waking up for the drinking and whoring, you got your hugely tall Thomas Jefferson being intimidated into writing the Declaration by diminutive Mr. Adams (Adams: “I’m obnoxious and disliked.” Jefferson: “Yes, I know.”), you got your John Cullum before he was Holling on Northern Exposure and way before he was Big Mike on The Middle.

Lest you think it’s just holiday fluff, I give you this clip and plenty to think about:

See you tomorrow.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character must choose between two deeply desired outcomes.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “All-Singing, All-Dancing Founding Fathers — 1776 THE MUSICAL!

  1. Jane

    July 3, 2015 at 9:44am

    Great choice!

    I saw “1776” on Broadway!!
    On a two-fer.
    That means you pay half price ($2.50) to stand in the back. If there are then empty seats, you may claim one. I must say I had to stand for the whole show AND use my newly purchased opera glasses (not as elegant as they sound), but it was worth it! AND, yes, I only paid $2.50. The price of a hamburger (fries extra).

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      Marian Allen

      July 3, 2015 at 9:59am

      Fan-freakin’-TASTIC! I understand John Cullum was Mr. Rutledge on Broadway, too. That must have been a trip, hearing that powerful voice IRL.

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  2. Dibakar Bala

    April 24, 2017 at 2:24am

    Thought provoking content for sure ? Although I haven’t seen 1776 yet. But i guess i have to reconsider the same now. Let me exams get over I’ll try.

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