Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
Directed by Tracy Olivera
Music Direction by Jake Null
Music Supervision by Bobby McCoy
Choreography by Tony Thomas
The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
We take a new look at this story through a modern lens by seeing women and people of color at the forefront taking on these characters usually portrayed in a more true-to-history style. This allows us to see these debates in a new light and really consider how the events that occurred in that room have rippled through time to our current lives and debates.
It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage (View)
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
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