‘1776’ National Tour Cast Announced

NETworks Presentations and National Artists Management Company proudly announce the tour cast of American Repertory Theater/Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, 1776.

This production was developed and premiered by the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University before playing on Broadway with Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theater. Next month, the tour will launch making limited engagement stops at major cities across North America. 1776 begins performances February 11 at the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica, NY and officially opens on February 16 at Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. The full tour schedule and additional information is available by clicking here, or at 1776musical.com. 

The 1776 company includes Shelby Acosta as ‘Sec. Charles Thomson,’ Gisela Adisa as ‘John Adams,’ Nancy Anderson as ‘Thomas Jefferson,’ Tiffani Barbour as ‘Andrew McNair,’ Dawn Cantwell as ‘Col. Thomas McKean,’ Julie Cardia as ‘Stephen Hopkins,’ Sara Gallo as a Standby, Joanna Glushak as ‘John Dickinson,’ Anissa Marie Griego as ‘Roger Sherman,’ Kassandra Haddock as ‘Edward Rutledge,’ Shawna Hamic as ‘Richard Henry Lee,’ Lisa Karlin as a Standby, Connor Lyon as ‘Martha Jefferson/Dr. Lyman Hall,’ Liz Mikel as ‘Benjamin Franklin,’ Oneika Phillips as ‘John Hancock,’ Lulu Picart as ‘Samuel Chase,’ Ariella Serur as ‘Judge James Wilson,’ Brooke Simpson as ‘the Courier,’ Sav Souza as ‘Dr. Josiah Bartlett,’ Tieisha Thomas as ‘Abigail Adams/Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon,’ Jill Vallery as ‘Caesar Rodney,’ Zuri Washington as ‘Robert Livingston,’ Gwynne Wood as ‘George Read,’ and Candice Marie Woods as ‘Joseph Hewes.’ 

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical (1969), 1776 has catapulted to blazing new life in a thrillingly new production, and New York Magazine/Vulture says, “it’s an absolute blast!” Suddenly, the songs, humor, and passion of this musical masterpiece soar as never before. A glorious multiracial cast of female, transgender, and nonbinary actors portrays the fiery founders of this country, putting history in the hands of the humans who were left out the first time around—and the result is an epic show of passion, debate, and roof-raising musical fireworks. Experience “a 1776 worth celebrating!” (Variety) “It pulsates with energy and snaps with attitude.” 

1776 features music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. It is based on a concept by Sherman Edwards.  Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Jagged Little Pill, Waitress, Pippin) and MTV Music Video Award-winning choreographer Jeffrey L. Page (Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” video, Memphis in Tokyo; Violet starring Sutton Foster at Roundabout Theatre Company) direct the production. 

The design team includes Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer Scott Pask (WaitressFinding NeverlandPippin); Tony Award-nominated Costume Designer Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Lighting Designer Jennifer Schriever (In the Body of the World at A.R.T./New York City Center; Fingersmith at A.R.T.); Tony Award-nominated Sound Designer Jonathan Deans (Jagged Little Pill, WaitressFinding Neverland at A.R.T./Broadway; Pippin on Broadway) and Drama Desk Award-nominated Projection Designer David Bengali (We Live in Cairo at A.R.T., Associate Designer of Witness Uganda at A.R.T./Invisible Thread at Second Stage).  

The music team is comprised of Music Supervisor/Music Director Ryan Cantwell (Pippin); Original Music Supervisor David Chase (Finding Neverland); Tony Award nominated Orchestrator John Clancy (Fun Home; Mean Girls); Vocal Designer AnnMarie Milazzo (Finding Neverland). Casting is by Stewart/Whitley. The Associate Director is Brisa Arelis Muñoz and the Associate Choreographer is Courtney Ross

The tour stage management team is led by Production Stage Manager Genevieve Kersh with Assistant Stage Managers Devin Day and Sage Lumsden. The company management team is led by Company Manager Katie Cortez with Safety Assistant Company Manager Ryan Buchholz.

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