“1776 is one of the best books, if not the best, ever written for musical theatre… I fell in love with the movie. 1776 certainly paved the way for Hamilton…”
– Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton
On Saturday, June 29, celebrate Independence Day this year with the first revolutionary musical – the screening of a 4k restoration of director Peter Hunt’s delightful 1776! Based on the 1969 Tony award-winning musical, this 1972 film adaptation features many of the actors reprising their original Broadway roles.
With Boston Harbor still stained from over-taxed British tea, a revolution is brewing in the colonies! And now England has thousands of troops headed for America’s shores to squelch her subjects’ freedom-loving spirit! It’s up to John Adams (William Daniels), Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva) and Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) to convince a stubborn congress of British colonists to unite as American patriots turn the inevitable war with England into a Declaration of Independence!
The film is infamous for having a musical number, “Cool, Considerate Men,” cut at President Nixon’s request. This musical number has been restored as part of the 4k restoration.
“1776… insists on being so entertaining and, at times, even moving, that you might as well stop resisting it.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Tickets $10. For more information, visit: http://thefridacinema.org/event/1776/