Tony Award-Winning Political Musical 1776 at Signal Ensemble Theatre
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Overall, it was a good production. Costumes, set, and orchestra were excellent. Most of the group numbers were very good. Some of the leads could have had stronger voices. Both women were very good. Some of the congressmen either over or...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“1776 is a most striking, most gripping musical.” —New York Times
“In this cynical age, it required courage as well as enterprise to do a musical play that simply deals with the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And 1776 … makes no attempt to be satirical or wander off into modern by-paths. … The result is a brilliant and remarkably moving work of theatrical art.” —New York Post
Set during a “hot as hell” summer in Philadelphia, 1776 is the Tony Award-winning musical about the seminal act in American history: the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Sectional differences, pride and fear threaten the Declaration and the fledgling nation. The score features hits such as “Sit Down, John,” “He Plays the Violin” and “Momma Look Sharp.”
Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
Directed by General Artistic Director Ronan Marra
Musical direction by Andra Velis Simon
Featuring a 26-member award-winning ensemble
Ronan Marra (director) is co-founder and general artistic director of Signal. Directing credits with the company include Jeff-recommended productions of _Seascape _(Jeff Citation winner, Best Costume Design), Waiting for Godot and his own _Landslide _(Jeff Citation nomination, New Work), as well as Fool for Love, Hamlet, Closer, The Zoo Story, She Stoops to Conquer, Much Ado About Nothing and his own Learning to Fly. He has also directed for Sansculottes Theatre Company and The Gallery Players (New York) as well as several productions at his alma mater, Kent State University. As a playwright, Marra’s plays have been produced in Chicago and abroad, and he has received awards for New Work at ITN Theatre and Neverland Productions in New York. Marra is a recipient of the 2006 Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award in Scriptworks.
About the Ticket Supplier: Signal Ensemble Theatre
Signal Ensemble Theatre uses a deeply collaborative method to produce work never-before-seen in Chicago. Founded by its three artistic directors, the company began producing in 2003.