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Album Review

1776 is a rather odd concept for a musical, chronicling the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It works better than it should, however, in that it gives life and character to these immensely famous names whom everyone has learned about in history class. Despite it being the tale of the Congress, the two strongest songs are saved for peripheral characters — Martha Jefferson gets "He Plays the Violin," and an unnamed courier sings the heart-wrenching "Momma Look Sharp." The original Broadway cast recording of 1776 is very strong as a whole, with particularly notable performances by Betty Buckley, Clifford David, and Ronald Holgate. The majority of the cast heard here went on to reprise their roles in the movie version, with the exception being the Benjamin Franklin character. Rex Everhart was the understudy who took over when Howard Da Silva was unable to complete the recording.

Customer Reviews


I love this musical I love Laura Benanti on Cry me a River the best by far she has the essence of an old broadway diva such as Helen Morgan where I will be counted in some day. Thanks for finally putting it on iTunes.


I am participating in SWING in a local theatre company. And i LOVE this music from here! Cry Me a River and Blue's In the Night have got to be my fave!!! Beautiful voices!!


A great album for any swing fan, not that there seems to be that many. Anybody who doesn't appreciate this has my sympathy. Great performers, great choice of material. This cd keeps me pumped at work.

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