1776 MusicalBook by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Directed by Kurt Raimer
Musical Direction by Jon Quesenberry
September 9 - October 16, 2016

Purchase Tickets | $37/adults, $35/Senior. Discounts for students and groups. Special note: Talk back sessions about the play are scheduled after the 7:00 PM performance on Sunday Sept. 25 and after the 7:30 Thursday, Oct. 13 show. Hear what the actors have to say about the show!

Move over, Hamilton. There is a new - well, older - historical musical coming to town....

In a year with a rollicking presidential election and the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, it seems fitting for Lakewood Theatre Company to present 1776, the Tony Award-winning musical about how the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to a new nation. Political maneuvering provides the heart and soul of 1776; the road to accord seems as fraught with obstacles as any in Congress today. It is a show that will remind us how far America has come and how little we’ve changed. The show sponsor is Don & Sharon Plumb.

 With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone, the show presents the men and women behind the document in a much lighter tone. Through song, dance and mildly irreverent comedy, this historically accurate musical, which was sa partial inspiration for the current Broadway hit, Hamilton, brings to life the Second Continental Congress in an inspiring and imaginative way.

Founding Fathers

The Story: In 1776, Philadelphia is as hot as a furnace. There is a heated debate around revolutionary ideas: independence and democracy. The Second Continental Congress is divided as egos and agendas collide, and finding common ground is tough. John Adams (Darius Pierce) of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin (Mark Pierce) of Pennsylvania and Richard Henry Lee (Matthew Hayward) and Thomas Jefferson (Adam Elliott Davis), both of Virginia, attempt to convince the members to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
The play puts a human face on the pages of history as we see hte men behind the national icon. They were proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for the fledgling nation. The play contains the following musical numbers: "Cool, Cool Considerate Men," For God's Sake, John, Sit Down," "Till Then," "The Lees of Old Virginia," "He Plays the Violin," "Momma Look Sharp," "Molasses to Rum," "Is Anybody There?" along with many more. The play is suitable for the entire family.

Drafting the Declaration of Independence

Additional leading roles include Dru Rutledge as Abigail Adams, Kelly Lanzillo as Martha Jefferson, Dave Cole as Edward Rutledge and Heath Koerschgen as John Dickinson. Others in the cast include Michel Castillo, Chuck Weed, Bobby Jackson, Jim Crino, Dennis Corwin, Jeremy Sloan, Brandon B. Weaver, William Shindler, Dan Bahr, Bill Bernsohn, Marc Berezin, Mike Borgstrom, Don Stewart Burns, Justin Canfield, Tom Henning, Sean Ryan Lamb, Jeremy Southard and Doug Zimmerman.

Stage Direction for LTC’s production of 1776 is by Kurt Raimer and musical direction is by Jon Quesenberry with musical staging by Beth Raimer. Set design is by Max Ward, lighting design is by Kurt Herman, properties are by Nicki D’Amico, costume design is by Jessica Carr, the stage manager is Michael DeMaio and the assistant stage managers are Zach Peak and Stevie Dod. Sound design is by Marcus Storey and the Excecutive Producer is Steve Knox.

John & Abigail AdamsTicket Information

Performance schedule: Opening Friday, September 9, 2016 and continuing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 7:00 PM (September 11, 25 and October 9); Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (September 18, October 2, 9 and 16); and Wednesdays (September 28, October 12) at 7:30 PM.

Ticket prices: $37/adults and $35/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Purchase Tickets.