Director Diane Paulus’ strives to expand the boundaries of theater in her re-imagining of classic musicals ~ see her Broadway productions of Hair, Porgy & Bess and Pippin. She’s done it again with a revolutionary new version of the Revolutionary War musical 1776.
IT’S AN ABSOLUTE BLAST! SUDDENLY, THE SONGS, HUMOR, AND PASSION OF THIS MUSICAL MASTERPIECE SOAR AS NEVER BEFORE.New York Magazine/Vulture
Instead of telling the story of the founding fathers with a cast of mostly white men, as first conceived in 1969, Paulus and co-director Jeffrey L. Page’s 1776 is a more representative modern ensemble made up entirely of multi-racial actors who are female, nonbinary and trans.
An outspoken John Adams, fed up with tyrannical British rule, works to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of independence and sign the Declaration of Independence.
History buffs wanting an informative and funny take on America’s founding, as well as traditional musical fans, and those wanting to see the pre-Hamilton Hamilton are enjoying this new version of the show. Suitable for those ages 10+.
“A 1776 WORTH CELEBRATING!” “IT PULSATES WITH ENERGY AND SNAPS WITH ATTITUDE.”VARIETY
A glorious cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender, and ethnicity portrays the fiery founders of this country, putting history in the hands of the humans who were left out the first time around—and the result is an epic show of passion, debate, and roof-raising musical fireworks.New York Magazine/Vulture
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