1776

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Show Credits: Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone

Description:
The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.



1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book. It is an extremely flexible show that can be performed with characters as written or as a concert version

1776 STAGED CONCERT VERSION
The MTI Marquee provides a number of articles on unique staging and casting ideas for 1776 in order to make the show more produce-able in your theatre while remaining engaging to audience members. Of particular note is a Staged Concert Version of the show which allows for blind casting and minimal costumes.

Accolades/
Awards:
Tony Awards: Best Musical

Insight from the experts Staging Tip: This is essentially a one-set show. It is also a costume piece - it demands a full array of late 18th century costumes for men of wealth. The show also allows for blind casting and minimal costumes when produced as a Staged Concert Version: http://mtiblog.mtishows.com/1776-revolutionized-a-new-take-on-a-225-year-old-story

All-Female Cast of 1776 Revisited

All-Female Cast of 1776 Revisited

Last summer Playbill.com reported an exciting new twist on one of MTI’s shows – an all-female ...
(May 17, 2011, 1:18 pm)

The Spirit of '76 Promotion – A Special Offer for Customers in the Amateur Market

The Spirit of '76 Promotion – A Special Offer for Customers in the Amateur Market

Who says you can’t put a price on freedom?  MTI is proud to offer independence at a discount ...
(May 10, 2011, 10:09 am)

1776 Revolutionized: A New Take on a 235-Year Old Story by Peter Filichia

1776 Revolutionized: A New Take on a 235-Year Old Story by Peter Filichia

The following feature about a new approach to staging 1776 was written specifically for the MTI ...
(March 2, 2011, 1:26 pm)

All-Female Version of 1776 to be Staged in Kansas City

All-Female Version of 1776 to be Staged in Kansas City

Director Sarah Crawford will be presenting 1776 in August, 2010 at Musical Theater Heritage in ...
(July 30, 2010, 2:35 pm)

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