Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Frida Logo Primary Orange

Flickrhappy Presents Free Screening of Peter Hunt’s 1776 This Saturday!

Have this article read to you, listen to it like a podcast

On Saturday, June 29, celebrate Independence Day as our friends at Flickrhappy present a FREE screening of the 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, including William Daniels (Knight Rider, Boy Meets World) in the lead role of John Adams. 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 and turn the inevitable war with England into a Declaration of Independence!

1776 the Broadway musical came out in 1969 during a tumultuous time in American history and created a sensation on the level of Hamilton, maybe more so. Its Broadway run lasted three years, and the production toured widely. Groups across the political spectrum, from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion to New Left activists, claimed it as their own. The undersecretary of the Navy wanted to stage it for the troops in Vietnam. The San Francisco touring company of Hair went as a group to see 1776; at the stage door, the actors playing hippies sang “America the Beautiful” to the actors playing Founders. Towns and cities, red and blue, made special proclamations about the musical. It won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, beating out the epoch-defining Hair. The film was the Thanksgiving attraction at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, where it played to capacity crowds.

1776 screens Saturday, June 29th.


More to explore