Signal Ensemble Theatre
Book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Directed by Ronan Marra
Set during a "hot as hell" summer in Philadelphia, 1776 is the Tony Award-winning musical about the seminal act in American history: the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Sectional differences, pride and fear threaten the Declaration and the fledgling nation. The score features hits such as "Sit Down, John," "He Plays the Violin" and "Momma Look Sharp."
CRITIC'S PICK - "Perfect timing...Like a baby grand piano, Marra's production accomplishes stirring sweep with a small-scale footprint... Philip Winston's John Adams and Jon Steinhagen's John Dickinson are well- matched enemies... fine production... leaves us filled with hope for our country."
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! "Suitably sprawling yet concentrated like a diamond"
Bommer, Chicago Reader
"Historically accurate and fun... a charming good time."
"A Remarkable Off-Loop Achievement … what a stellar, brave and bold way for it to enter the vibrant off-Loop musical Theatre scene!"
Dennis Polkow, NewCity
Winner -- Joseph Jefferson Award: Best Production, Musical
Joseph Jefferson Nomination: Best Director, Musical (Ronan Marra)
Joseph Jefferson Nomination: Best Actor, Musical (Philip Winston)
Joseph Jefferson Nomination: Best Supporting Actor, Musical (Vincent Lonergan)
Joesph Jefferson Nomination: Best Costume Design (Laura Dana