The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this Broadway hit. 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.
Heading up the cast of 1776 is Brian Gonzales as John Adams. Gonzales returns to Lyric Stage directly from his appearance on Broadway in ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS. Local favorite David Coffee will portray Benjamin Franklin and Bryant Martin, last seen as Curly in Lyric Stage’s award winning production of OKLAHOMA! is Thomas Jefferson. Also returning to Lyric Stage after his Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award winning portrayal of Jud Fry in OKLAHOMA! is Kyle Cotton as Edward Rutledge. Amber Nicole Guest will follow her triumph as Rosabella in Lyric Stage’s THE MOST HAPPY FELLA as Abigail Adams. The rest of the cast includes Jeff Bailey, Lon Barrera, Russell Batchelor, Jonathan Bragg, David Cook, Christopher Curtis, Parker Fitzgerald, Gordon Fox, Kevin Friemel, Joseph Holt, M. Shane Hurst, Michael Isaac, Art Kedzierski, Mark Oristano, Randy Pearlman, Ben Phillips, Michael Pricer, Neil Rogers, Max Swarner, James Williams, Chip Wood and Maranda Harrison as Martha Jefferson.
Lyric Stage music director Jay Dias will conduct the full Lyric Stage orchestra. The Carpenter Performance Hall has an open orchestra pit, so audiences will experience this glorious music performed by an unamplified orchestra.