Brian Gonzales to Star in 1776 for Lyric Stage; Patriotic Musical to Feature 33 Musicians

By Adam Hetrick
October 8, 2012

One Man, Two Guvnors cast member Brian Gonzales, David Coffee and Bryant Martin will appear in the Lyric Stage production of the Tony Award-winning musical 1776, which will begin performances Oct. 26 in Irving, TX.



Lyric Stage, which regularly produces Broadway classics with restored or full original Broadway orchestrations, will employ a 33-piece orchestra for the musical that has a score by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone.

Cheryl Denson will direct 1776, which runs Oct. 26-Nov. 4. It will be conducted by Jay Dias with musical staging by Vicki Squires.

Gonzales will portray John Adams, with Coffee as Benjamin Franklin and Bryant Martin as Thomas Jefferson. Completing the cast are Kyle Cotton as Edward Rutledge, Amber Nicole Guest as Abigail Adams and Maranda Harrison as Martha Jefferson with Jeff Bailey, Lon Barrera, Russell Batchelor, Jonathan Bragg, David Cook, Christopher Curtis, Gordon Fox, Kevin Friemel, Joseph Holt, M. Shane Hurst, Michael Isaac, Art Kedzierski, Reid Malone, Mark Oristano, Randy Pearlman, Ben Phillips, Michael Pricer, Neil Rogers, Max Swarner, James Williams and Chip Wood.

According to Lyric Stage, "It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence… if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence."

For tickets visit LyricStage.org.