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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 62 members
Review from Amy
51 events 37 reviews

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...continued

reviewed Jul 09 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Marsha
53 events 17 reviews

This is an old-fashioned evening at the theater. The play is outstanding, every character is believable and their singing voices--how did so many fantastic singers wind up in one show.

This is definitely the best show I've seen at the...continued

reviewed Jul 10 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Steve Blue
19 events 15 reviews

This is a GREAT production! Everyone deserves kudos. The show pacts an emotional punch that you usually don't find in a musical. The ovation given at the end was well-deserved. Go see this show!

reviewed Jul 11 2010 report as inappropriate
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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).

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