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Before there was Hamilton there was 1776, Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards’ Tony Award winning brilliant imagining of American history, a grand tale which manages to feel both intimate and epic at once, bringing humor and humanity to the account of twenty men, three months, and one incredible argument, in which the fate of nations is decided. Winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
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.
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.
Staring Bill Davis as John Adams and featuring Tim Casey as Edward Rutledge, Barry Corlew as Ben Franklin, Bob Brandoni as Thomas Jefferson, Sue Schuler as Abagail Adams, Bob Stehman as John Dickinson, John Rogerson as Richard Henry Lee, BJ Odendahl as Martha Jefferson, Dan Pona as John Hancock and Tony Brown as The Courier.