Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Little Bit of Broadway

1776

It just seems appropriate to celebrate the 4th of July by playing 1776. Telling the story of the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, this Tony Award winner (Best Musical in 1969) manages to make you forget that you know the outcome already! It’s tense, comedic, and most of all, lots of fun. With 26 men and 2 women, it’s a hard show for a small community to perform, but boy, wouldn’t it be fun to see that many men in tights!

Music: Sherman Edwards
Lyrics: Sherman Edwards
Book: Peter Stone
Productions
1969 Broadway
1972 Film version
1997 Broadway revival

To finish off the time, we'll play some selections from a musical about one of the most defining (and most horrible) times in American history.  Here are some songs from Frank Wildhor's The Civil War.
  • Prologue
  • Brother, My Brother
  • Tell my father
  • Missing you, my Bill
  • How many Devils
  • Old Gray Coat
  • The Glory

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