The Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization are proud to present the Philadelphia premiere of the limited Broadway revival tour of 1776, playing at the Forrest Theatre (1114 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA) February 14 – 26, 2023. Single tickets to this show of passion, debate, and roof-raising musical fireworks are now on sale in-person at the Forrest Theatre box office or on www.telecharge.com.
“It is fitting that the Broadway revival tour of 1776 opens in Philadelphia, just down the street from where our country’s founders met almost 250 years ago to sign the Declaration of Independence,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We look forward to welcoming our audiences into the Forrest Theatre to experience this thought-provoking, reimagined production that is truly reflective of the diversity of America today.”
What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation in their hands? 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. This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is tuneful, witty, and constantly surprising, especially in this “bold and exuberant” (Variety) new production from directors Jeffrey L. Page (Philadelphia Theatre Company; Broadway’s Violet) and Diane Paulus (Waitress). You may never think about our country – who we are and why – the same way again.
Following its premiere engagements the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University and on Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company, the tour of 1776 will make limited engagement stops at major cities across North America, starting in Philadelphia. Casting for the national tour will be announced at a later date. For information, please visit 1776musical.com
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 (and Philadelphia Theatre Company resident artist) 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 1776 design team includes Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer Scott Pask (Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin); 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, Waitress, Finding 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 1776 music team is comprised of Music Supervisor David Chase (Finding Neverland); Tony Award nominated Orchestrator John Clancy (Fun Home; Mean Girls); Vocal Designer AnnMarie Milazzo (Finding Neverland); Music Consultant and Co-Music Director Nadia DiGiallonardo (Waitress); and Co-Music Director Ryan Cantwell (Pippin).
1776 is part of the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ 2022-23 Broadway season, co-presented by The Shubert Organization. For information on the full season lineup, dates, and venues, visit www.kimmelculturalcampus.org.
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