MIT Produces Founding Fathers in "1776"

Featuring the longest scene without a musical number in the history of musical theater (over 30 minutes), 1776 is in many ways a theatrical oddity. Not only does it go for long stretches without musical numbers, a keen dramaturgical ear has difficulty in the narrative and song structure as it exists in the stage version. Act I goes from the large ensemble number “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” right into the devastatingly haunting “Mama Look Sharp” with barely a breath in between. Likewise, the end of Act II is also peculiar in that there is no real finale number (even though the song title is “Finale”) it feels more as if the piece just begins to fade like a flickering candle as the roll is called to sign the Declaration of Independence

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The Company Theatre's "1776" Stamps Bold Historical and Musical Flair

The Company Theatre's "1776" Stamps Bold Historical and Musical Flair

The Company Theatre performs 1776 under the incredible virtuosity of a stacked ensemble of performers. With notable performances by Doug Jabara as the comedic sage Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Giorandio as the passionate aristocrat Edward Rutledge, and Bob DeVivo as the fearless leader John Adams, the Company Theatre's production offers some of the strongest musical theatre work this season, making it a must see production to escape the summer heat.

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