The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 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. 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 Richard Henry Lee 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.


John Adams, Massachusetts – Bill Te Winkle

Abigail Adams – Michele Rautmann

Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania – Jeffrey S. Rabe

Richard Henry Lee, Virginia – Michael Le Clair

Andrew McNair, Custodian – Glenn Schultz

Leather Apron – Joel Sorenson

Dr. Lyman Hall, Georgia – Bruce Fraser

Stephen Hopkins, Rhode Island – Bob Deyo

Edward Rutledge, South Carolina – Ryan Eckels

Caesar Rodney, Delaware – Bill Heberlein

George Read, Delaware – K.M. Bailey

Col. Thomas McKean, Delaware – Lyle Krueger

John Dickinson, Pennsylvania – Donald Held

James Wilson, Pennsylvania – Neil Beaton

John Hancock, President – William R. Lund

Charles Thomas, Secretary – Steve Flook

Thomas Jefferson, Virginia – Michael McGovern

Courier – Brian Leffin

Dr. Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire – Jeffrey Bubb

Roger Sherman, Connecticut – Steve Pook

Lewis Morris, New York – Eric Eberhardy

Robert Livingston, New York – Peter Moody

Samuel Chase, Maryland – Michael A. Eberhardy

Joseph Hewes, North Carolina – Michael Bennett

Rev. Johnathan Witherspoon, New Jersey – Vernon E. Jaberg

Martha Jefferson – Tonya Nohl

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Stage Manager: Karen Held

Minuet Choreography: Kathleen Beuttenmueller

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Nancy Klein, Joyce Nery, Bev Dulmes

Sound Design: Dean Wicker

Sound Effects Design: Todd Jaeger

Properties: Karen Held

Paint Master: Colleen Bertram