Tony Award-Winning Historical Musical 1776 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center
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The last date listed for 1776 was Sunday July 25, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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Garrison Keillor put it best when he said: "I want to hear them singing the rest of my life." He was referring to Robin and Linda Williams, the husband-and-wife folk duo from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. It's hard to know what's more evocative -- their charged lyrics or their brilliant harmonies, polished to perfection after decades of performance. Regardless of the precise nature of their magic, the couple has enchanted audiences everywhere they go, including appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, performances at The Grand Ole Opry and tours with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emmylou Harris. Now they come to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center for a distinctive concert of their very best folk, bluegrass and country music. Learn More
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Featured review from Amy
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What an entertaining and educational evening. After seeing this show, you truly appreciate our founding fathers, the struggles they endured to conceive independence in the face of treason and a "tyrant" king. The cast did an amazing job and bravo to Musical Theater West for their sets and orchestra. Musical Theater West continues to showcase performances of great quality equal to a traveling Broadway company. Musical Theater West is truly a gem to Long Beach. As this performance was opening night and the show has a run most of this month, I would highly recommend everyone take advantage of the Goldstar discount and attend this show!
Davis Gaines, known by most Southern California theatergoers for his portrayal of the titular character in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, will be joining the previously announced Steven Glaudini (John Adams) and Tami Tappan Damiano (Abigail Adams) as Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia in 1776.
Musical Theatre West is excited to be producing as powerful a musical as 1776, with one of the best scripts of the genre (so good, that you'll wonder if they'll ever get it together to sign the Declaration of Independence). And to have Mr. Gaines, one of the foremost talents in musical theatre, involved is just icing on the cake.
In addition to being Los Angeles' longest-running Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Gaines has appeared throughout the Southland in Parade (Mark Taper Forum), Side by Side, By Sondheim (Pasadena Playhouse), and Sweeney Todd (Reprise! at the Ahmanson Theatre).
Tami Tappan Damiano, recently headlined Musical Theatre West's spring fundraiser, A Fine Romance..In Song and Dance alongside David Engel. Ms. Damiano returns to Musical Theatre West after appearing in their productions of Crazy for You, Never Gonna Dance, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and The Full Monty. She has also been seen on Broadway in Cyrano, and on tour in Miss Saigon.
MTW's Artistic Director/Producer, Steven Glaudini takes the stage to reprise his 2004 Ovation Award winning role as John Adams. Previous to becoming MTW's Artistic Director, Mr. Glaudini was the Executive Director/Producer for Performance Riverside, where he performed such roles as Finch in How to Succeed..., Fagin in Oliver!, and the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
1776 will be directed by Ovation Award winner Nick DeGruccio (MTW's Rent, The Andrews Brothers, La Cage Aux Folles) with musical direction by Matthew Smedal (Cabrillo Music Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors).