THE SCREENING ROOM: Celebrating 1776 With Performances from Broadway, Film, Betty Buckley and Cher (Video)

By Playbill Staff
March 16, 2013

Sherman Edwards' Tony Award-winning musical 1776, about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, began Broadway previews March 16, 1969, at the 46th Street Theatre, now known as the Richard Rodgers Theatre. 



Playbill is marking the special date with a handful of videos from Broadway, the film, various regional productions and a few starry surprises.

The 1997 Broadway revival performs at the Tony Awards.

The 1969 Tony Awards performance.

The trailer for the film adaptation.

"Sit Down, John" from the film.

The Ford's Theatre production.

"Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve" from the film.

The Ford's Theatre cast speaks about playing historical characters of 1776 (part 1).

The Ford's Theatre cast speaks about playing historical characters of 1776 (part 2).

The Paper Mill Playhouse production of 1776.

We can't believe it either, but Cher covers "Momma, Look Sharp."

"The Egg" from the film.

Betty Buckley performs "He Plays the Violin."

"The Signing."