Unable to stop her crying spells, Teddy Stern is sent by her doctor to an adult summer camp in the Catskills, Camp Karefree – “where friendships are formed to last a whole lifetime through.” She hopes to relax enough to clear her head for her upcoming wedding, but ends up becoming one of the most sought-after female prizes for the oversexed wait staff of eager college men – among them the aggressive, womanizing Pinky Harris and the charming law student Chick Miller, who eventually makes her realize she doesn't want to be married after all.
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Opening with a small advance sale, word-of-mouth and critical praise made 1776 the sleeper hit of of the late 1960s. It was a hit all over again when it was revived on Broadway in 1997.