Before HAMILTON was cool, there was Adams!
Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence, signed 240 years ago! This seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits.
Bellevue Society for the Arts opens their 22nd season Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. with America’s Prize-Winning Musical, 1776, Other performances are Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. 1776 is sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.
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.
1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.
With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, 1776 premiered on Broadway in 1969, earning warm reviews, and ran for 1,217 performances. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1972 it was made into a film adaptation.
Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+/children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning September 30.
The cast includes:
From Bellevue: John Ball as Robert Livingston, Ted Ball as Caesar Rodney, Ralph Burns as Andrew McNair, Vernon Hansen as George Read, Dan Higgins as Richard Henry Lee, Joshua Higgins as Courier, Matthew Higgins as Leather Apron, Deric Marbaugh as Col. Thomas McKean, John Meyers as Lewis Morris, Chris Norris as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Keith Robinson as Stephen Hopkins, Bradley Rowe as Thomas Jefferson, Neal Schlegel as John Hancock, Luke A. Siegel-Schaefer as Joseph Hewes, and Guy Thiboutot as Charles Thomson.
From Bloomville: Dave Borden as Reverend John Witherspoon.
From Clyde: Samantha Trapp as Martha Jefferson, and Chris Wiedle as James Wilson.
From Columbus: Adam Cioffari as Edward Rutledge.
From Fitchville: Don Hite, Ensemble.
From Fremont: Cyndi Hineline as Abigail Adams.
From Norwalk: John Aiello as Roger Sherman, Adrian Bryce Go as Samuel Chase, Ric Hills as Benjamin Franklin, and Aaron Lee Stewart as Dr. Lyman Hall.
From Sandusky: Ethan Mandeville as John Dickinson.
From Whites Landing: Jimy Foreman as John Adams.
1776 is directed by Jimy Foreman. Huron’s Jeff Skaggs is music director. Marty Siegel, Bellevue, serves as the director’s assistant. Assistant/Co-Directors are Laura Horn, Bellevue; and Jann Graham-Glann, Huron. Stage Managers are Ann Marie Grycza Muehlhauser, Huron; and Cathy Schaffer, Bellevue. Kristen Santos, Tiffin, serves as piano accompanist.
1776 will also feature a live orchestra, sponsored by Denise Bell/Seneca Caverns, Christopher Liebold for Sandusky County Commissioner, Karen Sabo, and in memory of George M. Muehlhauser III.
1776 is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
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