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A musical based on the events leading up the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Story: John Adams, disliked by many in congress, joins up with Benjamin Franklin and Richard Henry Lee to bring forward a resolution for independence and Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration that will eventually set America free from England's tyranny.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer and Lyricist: Sherman Edwards
Librettist: Peter Stone

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

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