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re: Can't wait to read what you think of the music for the current "1776"!
Posted by: Chromolume 12:34 pm EDT 09/24/22
In reply to: Can't wait to read what you think of the music for the current "1776"! - Genealley 11:27 pm EDT 09/23/22

There is.

As a huge fan of the original since I was very young, I'm rather protective of the score. But you may be surprised to hear that I really loved the new version.

We can quibble about things like the gospel wail ending of "Momma Look Sharp" (which I think worked very well), or whether Eddie Sauter's "Church Bells" ending is better (it is, but what they do here still works) etc - but for me, there was only one major misstep, in the music for "Compliments" toward the end of the show (where Abigail delivers the saltpeter), which I found too underplayed, compared to the excitement in the original.

Will I always prefer the original in general? Yes. But I did enjoy the new take on the score a lot.
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