The long-awaited arrival of 1776 on Broadway has been announced. The show will premiere at the American Airlines Theatre in September. It will then journey on a North American tour.
1776 to arrive on Broadway
Prior to its arrival on Broadway, 1776 will have a spell at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It will take place between May 17 and July 24. The North American tour will begin in February 2023 and will visit sixteen cities.
Another curious take on American history just like the story of a certain bastard, orphan we all love, 1776 tells the story of John Adams and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. As well as the efforts of the Continental Congress to declare independence.
In the days leading up to July 4, 1776, Continental Congressmen John Adams and Benjamin Franklin pressed Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. That was a delaying tactic while trying to persuade the American colonies to support the resolution to declare independence. When George Washington sent a depressing message describing the military disaster in the aftermath, businessmen, landowners, and slave owners in Congress were blocking the declaration that a “nay” would end the issue of independence forever. Much of the spoken and sung dialogue is directly from the letters and memories of actual participants.
The cast of 1776 will be composed of a cast of female, trans and non-binary actors. The announced names include Gisela Adisa, Nancy Anderson, Becca Ayers, Tiffani Barbour, Allison Briner Dardenne, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Elizabeth A. Davis, Mehry Eslaminia, Joanna Glushak, Shawna Hamic, Eryn LeCroy, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Liz Mikel, Patrena Murray, Oneika Phillips, Lulu Picart, Sara Porkalob, Sushma Saha, Brooke Simpson, Salome Smith, Sav Souza, Jill Vallery, and Grace Stockdale and Imani Pearl Williams as standbys.
This is the second revival of 1776. The original premiere in 1969 and the first revival arrived in 1997. Diane Paulus and Jeffrey L. Page direct the 2022 revival. Page is in charge of the show’s choreography, while sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by David Bengali, hair and makeup design by Mia Neal, music supervision by David Chase and orchestrations by John Clancy.
Credits featured image: Broadway Tour