1776 isn't your typical Broadway musical. It’s a re-enactment of the Second Continental Congress in the days leading up to the severing of the formal ties between the U.S. and Great Britain. The cast is comprised of historical characters such as John Adams and Ben Franklin as well as a chorus of lesser-known people.
Composer-lyricist Sherman Edwards, a New York City high school history teacher, brings this unique take on the founding fathers to life complete with singing, dancing and much joking around, but he retains enough insight and intensity to make it strangely compelling.
It’s not an easy show
to pull off.
Wednesday-Sunday through Feb. 21 at the Stained Glass Theatre in Newport. Read Mark Sterner's full review of the play here.