La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone musical 1776 beginning January 11, 2019, at the La Mirada Theatre in California.
Directed by Glenn Casale with musical direction by Jeff Rizzo, the limited engagement will officially open January 12 for a run through February 3.
The cast will feature James Barbour as Edward Rutledge, Peter Van Norden as Benjamin Franklin, Andy Umberger as John Adams, Teri Bibb as Abigail Adams, Caleb Shaw as Thomas Jefferson, Ellie Wyman as Martha Jefferson, Nick Santa Maria as John Hancock, Peter Allen Vogt as Samuel Chase, Victor E. Chan as Robert Livingston, Brad Rupp as George Read, Gordon Goodman as Stephen Hopkins, Jason Chacon as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Jordan Goodsell as Charles Thomson, Jordan Schneider as Dr. Lyman Hall, JotapéLockwood as Lewis Morris, Matthew Kimbrough as Colonel Thomas McKean, Michael Dotson as Roger Sherman, Michael Rothhaar as Andrew McNair, Michael Starr as Richard Henry Lee, Michael Stone Forrest as John Dickinson, Mitchell McCollum as Reverend John Witherspoon, Ted Barton as James Wilson, Rodrigo Varandas as Leather Apron/Painter, and Nick McKenna as Courier.
The Tony-winning musical begins as attempts to adopt the Declaration of Independence are boiling over in heated confrontations. By the evening of July 2, the two sides are still miles apart, but, remarkably, these Founding Fathers harness their shared determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
The production will also have scenic design by Stephen Gifford, lighting design by Jared A. Sayeg, sound design by Leon Rothenberg and Phil Allen, costume design by Shon LeBlanc, hair, wig, and makeup design by EB Bohks, and properties design by Kevin Williams. The casting director is Julia Flores, and the production stage manager is John W. Calder III.