Encores! Starry 1776 Begins Tonight

News   Encores! 1776, with Diverse Array of Theatre Stars, Begins Tonight
 
Santino Fontana, Nikki Renée Daniels and Bryce Pinkham are among the cast.
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Andre De Shields, Christiane Noll, Nikki Renee Daniels and Santino Fontana

The City Center Encores! production of the Tony-winning musical 1776 is presented at the New York City venue March 30-April 3.

Directed by Garry Hynes, the limited engagement features choreography by Chris Bailey and musical direction by Ben Whiteley.

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The cast of the musical, which concerns how the Founding Fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence, is headed by John Behlmann (Thomas Jefferson), Nikki Renée Daniels (Martha Jefferson), André De Shields (Stephen Hopkins), Santino Fontana (John Adams), Alexander Gemignani (Edward Rutledge), John Larroquette (Benjamin Franklin), Christiane Noll (Abigail Adams), Bryce Pinkham (John Dickinson) and Jubilant Sykes (Richard Henry Lee) with Terence Archie, Larry Bull, Macintyre Dixon, John Hickok, John Hillner, Kevin Ligon, John-Michael Lyles, Laird Mackintosh, Michael McCormick, Michael Medeiros, Wayne Pretlow, Tom Alan Robbins, Robert Sella, Ric Stoneback, Vishal Vaidya, Nicholas Ward and Jacob Keith Watson.

Written by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone, 1776 opened on Broadway March 16, 1969, and ran for 1217 performances.

"A unique show that presents John Adams (Santino Fontana), Thomas Jefferson (John Behlmann), and Benjamin Franklin (John Larroquette) in all their fractious, fascinating complexity," 1776, according to press notes, features such songs as “Sit Down, John,” “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” and “He Plays the Violin.”

Click here for ticket information. New York City Center is located at 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

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