Broadway-Bound ‘1776’ Musical Revival Announces Female, Non-Binary and Trans Cast

the Broadway-bound cover of the musical 1776who begins a pre-New York commitment to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, next month announced a cast composed entirely of performers who identify as female, non-binary and trans.

The casting announced on Friday was specifically for the ART production and may not necessarily carry over to staging at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater on Broadway in September (or a US tour that is slated to kick off in February 2023), but the news provides a clear indication of the revolutionary and reinvented approach to production.

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First shown on Broadway in 1969, the musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence – and the so-called Founding Fathers – features music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, based on an Edwards concept. A film version was released in 1972.

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The new production will be co-directed by Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus (with Page’s choreography). In a Playbill interview posted on ART websitePaulus, who directed the Broadway hit Waitresssaid: “Jeffrey and I are fascinated by the idea that history is not the clear or linear history that we read about in our textbooks, but rather a predicament that we must grapple with in order to understand our past. so we can move forward together.”

Said Page, “As I worked with Diane, we explored the untold, unspoken and unwritten story, and as a result, I found myself inside the important artwork, at the inside American history, and I learned something new about both.

The ART production, co-presented with New York’s Roundabout Theatre, begins performances at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge on May 17 and runs through July 24.

The cast announced today includes Gisela Adisa as Robert Livingston, Nancy Anderson as George Read, Becca Ayers as Colonel Thomas McKean, Tiffani Barbour as Andrew McNair, Allison Briner Dardenne as Stephen Hopkins, Allyson Kaye Daniel as Abigail Adams/Rev . Jonathan Witherspoon, Elizabeth A. Davis as Thomas Jefferson, Mehry Eslaminia as Charles Thomson, Joanna Glushak as John Dickinson, Shawna Hamic as Richard Henry Lee, Eryn LeCroy as Martha Jefferson/Dr. Lyman Hall, Crystal Lucas-Perry as John Adams, Liz Mikel as John Hancock, Patrena Murray as Benjamin Franklin, Oneika Philliips as Joseph Hewes, Lulu Picart as Samuel Chase, Sara Porkalob as Edward Rutledge, Sushma Saha as Judge James Wilson, Brooke Simpson as Roger Sherman, Salome Smith as Courier, Sav Souza as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Jill Vallery as Caesar Rodney, and Grace Stockdale and Imani Pearl Williams as alternates.

The creative team includes set designer Scott Pask; costume designer Emilio Sosa; lighting designer Jennifer Schriever; sound designer Jonathan Deans; projection design by David Bengali; and hair, wig and makeup design by Mia Neal.

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