July 6, 2012
Set during the Second Continental Congress, the musical 1776 mixes humor with serious debate surrounding the question of independence for the American colonies. The debate scenes, historically accurate, are particularly useful in this regard. Centered on John Adams and his political ally Ben Franklin, the musical shows the struggle to introduce the question of independence into Congress, speculates on how Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence, and details a series of debates ranging from verbage to slavery to the actual document and its validity and necessity.
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