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1776 (musical)

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1776 is the title of a Broadway musical and the 1972 film of it. Peter Stone wrote its book and Sherman Edwards its music and lyrics. Peter H. Hunt directed the movie, which starred William Daniels as John Adams, Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, and Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin.

Although it tells the story of what happened at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1776 leading up to the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, and it accurately portrays the serious personal and political issues at stake -- frequently in the characters' own words, written by them at the time -- it remains a musical comedy. The play has often been criticized for straining too hard for historical accuracy instead of exercising literary license when that would help the plot or presentation along.

Musical Numbers

This list is based on the original cast recording listings

  1. Overture - Orchestra
  2. Sit Down, John
  3. Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve / Till Then
  4. Lees of Old Virginia
  5. But, Mr. Adams
  6. Yours, Yours, Yours
  7. He Plays the Violin
  8. Cool, Cool, Considerate Men
  9. Momma Look Sharp
  10. Egg
  11. Molasses to Rum
  12. Is Anybody There?
  13. Finale

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