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Happy Independence Day!

To all Americans: Remember that we were fighting for freedom from monarchical control.

To everyone else: Enjoy the movie clip. It contains possibly some of the greatest rhymes in musical theater.

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jastaelf
Jul. 4th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
I absolutely ADORE that show... and you are right, there are few other circumstances under which "bride" and "homicide" can be legitimately rhymed! Among so many wonderful others....

Thank you for posting the video! Happy 4th!

Jasta,
Wandering off humming "Here a Lee, There a Lee..."
frenchpony
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I'm partial to "etiquette / predicate / Connecticut" myself...
telperion1
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Okay, you have officially made my day. I so need to see that movie again. The flute trills are a particularly nice touch you don't get on the soundtrack.

But am I imagining it, or is that Mr. Pheeny from Boy Meets World as John Adams?
frenchpony
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
One of the reasons I love 1776 is the music. It's clearly late-1960s American musical theater, yet it's also believable for the 18th-century Enlightenment/galant setting of the show.

But am I imagining it, or is that Mr. Pheeny from Boy Meets World as John Adams?

One and the same!
telperion1
Jul. 4th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
May I just say that your icon is brilliant? Is it takeable, precious?
frenchpony
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it's takeable. I got it from this post in a community that I think was a standard 1776 appreciation community. Technically, it should have a credit for the maker, but I think I was in a thesing frenzy at the time and forgot to make note of either the creator or the community. Let me poke around some and see if I can get that information for you first, okay?
telperion1
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
If you can find the maker and it is sharable, I'd love it, but if not that's fine too. I appreciate you looking into it for me.
telperion1
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I left her a comment telling her what I was doing.
dawtheminstrel
Jul. 4th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Great clip, FP. That show is a lot of fun.
frenchpony
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I think 1776 is possibly my favorite musical ever.
dot_o_choillmor
Jul. 4th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Well that was interesting :-D
frenchpony
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the whole film? You must. It's a hoot.
meckinock
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Wow. I could only watch about two minutes of that.
frenchpony
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Not a musical theater person?
meckinock
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
It took me an amazingly long time to figure that out. I almost slit my wrists during The Lion King, and I've just finally managed to suppress a reflexive shudder at memories of "Chicago".

Now my father wants me to take him to Phantom when it comes to Chicago. I'd say at least I like the music, but that would have been true of Lion King as well.
gwynhyffar
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
I have never heard of this show before, but ... well ... that's some darn good rhymin' there. :D
frenchpony
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
You've never heard of 1776? Get thee to a video store, woman! Fantastic show. telperion1 has a couple of other clips up, too.
ns_tulkas
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Since I have absolutely no idea who wrote the declaration of independence, nor do I know who those people in the clip were, I'm going to believe everything in it. So, Thomas J. wrote the declaration, though he was only 33 at the time? And it was decided on by a singing contest?!

From what movie was this clip taken?
frenchpony
Jul. 5th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
The movie is 1776. It's a 1969 Broadway musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Although it takes a few dramatic liberties, it's remarkably historically accurate for a musical. In particular, many of the characters' lines were drawn from historical records, though they may not have been uttered in the precise contexts in which they appear in the show.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) was a member of the Second Continental Congress, the body whose deliberations form the plot of the show. He did indeed write the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when he was 33 years old, and later would serve as the third President of the United States.

The other people in the clip are:

John Adams (played by William Daniels) -- the short guy who is "obnoxious and disliked" and who is the one trying to get someone else to write the Declaration. He was a delegate from Massachusetts, was in fact a pretty obnoxious guy, and would later serve as the second President of the United States. He was George Washington's Vice President. He and Jefferson had a somewhat stormy relationship -- they disagreed about many things, but reconciled towards the end of their lives. They both died on the same day, 4 July, 1826, each believing that the other still lived.

Ben Franklin (played by Howard da Silva) -- the guy with the long silver hair and the perpetual smarmy grin. Inventor, philosopher, originator of wise and witty sayings, from Pennsylvania, his face is on the $100 bill, he was ambassador to France for a while. He seems to have been quite the ladies' man. He was never President, but he is loved as if he were. He is known, among other things, for inventing a type of iron cookstove that was still in use into the 20th century.

Roger Sherman (played by Rex Robbins) -- the guy who "cannot write with any style or proper etiquette." He was a lawyer from Connecticut who also served on the Second Continental Congress, and was, among other things, the first mayor of New Haven, the city where Little Sister Pony lives. He was the one who, in 1787, came up with the idea to split the United States legislature into two bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives, known collectively as either "Congress" or "that bunch of morons on the Hill."

Robert Livingston (played by John Myhers) -- the one who has been "presented with a new son by the noble stork." He was a New York politician, and Minister to France from 1801 to 1804. He also negotiated the Louisiana Purchase during Jefferson's administration, that pretty much doubled the size of the United States.

All of these guys were members of the Committee of Five, charged with drafting the Declaration of Independence. All but Livingston eventually signed it -- Livingston was recalled to New York before he could do so.
dot_o_choillmor
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
French Pony, you have a lot to answer for!! I can't get that darn song out of my head.
frenchpony
Jul. 5th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
. . . my work here is done.
meggins
Jul. 6th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the clip, Pony. It has been far too long since I've seen this film. I had a friend who knew every word of every song from this show.
frenchpony
Jul. 6th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
I think I need to ask for the DVD for my birthday. . .
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