Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence. The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most beautiful and unconventional Broadway hit.

Performances:  March 18 - April 3, 2022

Directed by:               Kelly Van Oosbree

Music Direction by:     Jordan Ortman

Choreography by:       Kelly Van Oosbree

It is a long hot summer in Philadelphia, and the Continental Congress is an exhausted, annoyed, quarrelsome collection of men, at each other’s throats over the burning question of independence from Great Britain. John Adams, the passionate crusader for rebellion, races against time: if the Congress does not agree to throw off the yoke of tyranny, General Washington’s painfully outnumbered army will have no ideal for which to fight. But Adams is obnoxious and disliked—no one will listen to his arguments. They might have a chance if Thomas Jefferson, that silver wordsmith, would write a Declaration—but Jefferson, frustrated by his long absence from lovely wife Martha, is in no mood to be creative. And when it comes down to a final decision, the course of history hangs on whether sycophantic Judge James Wilson can remain as anonymous as possible with his vote….. Under these conditions, how will America ever achieve Independence?

America’s Prize-Winning Musical

Music and Lyrics by SHERMAN EDWARDS


Based on a concept by SHERMAN EDWARDS

Original Production Directed by PETER HUNT

Originally Produced on the Broadway Stage by STUART OSTROW

1776 is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI


1776 is co-presented with Lakewood Cultural Center