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1776

1776

by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone

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1776

1776




A musical based on the events surrounding the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence, 1776 won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Musical.


Story:

John Adams, the original innovator behind America’s Declaration of Independence, teams up with Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee, and Thomas Jefferson to battle those in Congress who oppose the movement to declare independence from England. The team cooperatively conceives and eventually passes the resolution that frees America from British tyranny.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Sherman Edwards

Librettist

Librettist
Peter Stone



  • Premiere
  • 1997
  • 1972 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
46th Street Theatre, St. James Theatre, Majestic Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 16, 1969
Total Performances
1,217
Original Cast
William Daniels, Clifford David, Paul Hecht, Roy Poole, Howard Da Silva, Emory Bass, Duane Bodin, Betty Buckley, David Ford, Robert Gaus, Ronald Holgate, Ken Howard, Ronald Kross, Henry Le Clair, Edmund Lyndeck, Bruce MacKay, Jonathan Moore, Philip Polito, Dal Richards, Charles Rule, B. J. Slater, Virginia Vestoff, David Vosburgh
Director
Peter Hunt
Choreographer
Onna White
Musical Director
Peter Howard
Orchestrations
Eddie Sauter
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Patricia Zipprodt
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

1997 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Criterion Center Stage Right, George Gershwin Theatre
Opening Night
Aug 14, 1997
Total Performances
333
Original Cast
Tom Aldredge, Joseph Cassidy, Michael Cumpsty, MacIntyre Dixon, Dashiell Eaves, Gregg Edelman, Linda Emond, Tom Riis Farrell, Merwin Foard, John Herrera, Pat Hingle, Jerry Lanning, Kevin Ligon, David Lowenstein, Daniel Marcus, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick, Bill Nolte, Guy Paul, Richard Poe, Ben Sheaffer, Brent Spiner, Ric Stoneback, Paul Michael Valley, Lauren Ward, Robert Westenberg, Michael Winther
Director
Scott Ellis
Choreographer
Kathleen Marshall
Musical Director
Paul Gemignani
Orchestrations
Brian Besterman
Scenic Design
Tony Walton
Costume Design
William Ivey Long
Lighting Design
Brian Nason

1972 Film Version

Movie Name
1776
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Peter H. Hunt
Screenplay
Peter Stone
Starring
William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
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Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD


Books

Book
Script


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Merchandise




1969 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Ronald Holgate
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Virginia Vestoff
Best Scenic Design

1969 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Ken Howard

1969 Theatre World Award Nominations

Outstanding Book
Outstanding Costume Design

1998 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Gregg Edelman
Best Direction of a Musical

1998 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Gregg Edelman
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Brent Spiner
Outstanding Direction of a Musical

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