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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