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Artwork for 1776


Spring 2022

American Airlines Theatre

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Spring 2022

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They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them.

Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And to whom does that freedom belong?

Direct from the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, visionary director Diane Paulus reexamines a pivotal moment in American history in a reimagining of the Tony Award-winning musical.

“I have been overwhelmed by the compassion, humanity, and unstoppable creativity expressed by our company of ​1776 ​who have come together from across the country for our virtual workshop. Their resilience has infused me with hope for the future of theater amid this time of uncertainty.

As we embark on our journey together on this production, we find ourselves reckoning with our country's history, reexamining the pivotal moment of our nation’s founding portrayed in 1776​—​the writing of the Declaration of Independence, a ‘promissory note,’ that, in Martin Luther King’s words ‘America has defaulted on.’ Our cast includes multiple representations of gender, race, and ethnicity that allow this revival of ​1776 t​o more broadly reflect today’s America, our America.

As artists, we are embracing our American history as a human predicament and are committed to the process of learning from the past in order to move forward together.”

—Diane Paulus

1776 Cast

George Read
Nancy Anderson
Col. Thomas McKean
Becca Ayers
Custodian Andrew McNair
Tiffani Barbour
Robert Livingston
Allison Blackwell
Judge James Wilson
Hannah Cruz
Abigail Adams / Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon
Allyson Kaye Daniel
Thomas Jefferson
Elizabeth A. Davis
Charles Thomson
Mehry Eslaminia
Stephen Hopkins
Joanna Glushak
Richard Henry Lee
Shawna Hamic
Martha Jefferson / Dr. Lyman Hall
Eryn LeCroy
John Adams
Crystal Lucas-Perry
John Hancock
Liz Mikel
Benjamin Franklin
Patrena Murray
John Dickinson
Kerry O’Malley
Joseph Hewes
Oneika Phillips
Samuel Chase
Lulu Picart
Edward Rutledge
Sara Porkalob
Roger Sherman
Brooke Simpson
The Courier
Salome Smith
Dr. Josiah Bartlett
Sav Souza
Grace Stockdale
Caesar Rodney
Jill Vallery
Imani Pearl Williams

1776 Creative

Music and Lyrics
Sherman Edwards
Peter Stone
Based on a Concept by
Sherman Edwards
Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus
Jeffrey L. Page
Scenic Design
Scott Pask
Costume Design
Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design
Jennifer Schriever
Sound Design
Jonathan Deans
Projection Design
David Bengali
Music Supervision
David Chase
John Clancy
Vocal Design
AnnMarie Milazzo
Music Consultant
Nadia DiGiallonardo
Co- Music Direction
Ryan Cantwell

Underwriting support for 1776 is provided by Roundabout’s Musical Production Fund partner Elizabeth Armstrong.

1776 benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Production Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere, Diane and Tom Tuft, and Cynthia C. Wainwright and Stephen Berger.

Presented at

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street

between 7th and 8th Avenues