What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this musical history lesson, while rated G, still brings up slavery and shows the founding fathers as inspirational but still flawed individuals.
What's the story?
1776 is a musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The courage, the strategy, the dream of freedom, and even the tragic compromise on slavery are all there.
Is it any good?
At least once a year, every American should watch this musical. The characters and the issues are vividly and frankly portrayed, and we see the founding fathers' faults as well as their virtues. If we didn't know how it all turned out, the suspense would be unbearable.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what they learned about our nation's history and the extraordinary people who shaped it. What characteristics do they find admirable? Older kids and parents can discuss slavery and how it shaped American history, eventually bitterly dividing the country.