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An Early Fourth of July Celebration with 1776 at The MUNY

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • July 2, 2019

This Fourth of July week, The MUNY revisited 1776 with their first production of the show in 20 years, on a beautiful brand new stage, an entirely new structure, with all new lighting. The MUNY enters its second century this season. This montage of their production shows off some of the automation, the lighting, and all the talent of the creative teams and artists of The MUNY. Fifty years since its Broadway opening, 1776 is not merely a patriotic look back but rather timely reminders to us that America’s history of democratic ideals and freedoms were hard fought for to establish a nation that holds civil debate and the exchange of ideas essential to its core principles and existence.

1776 opened March 16, 1969 with a book by Peter Stone, music & lyrics by Sherman Edwards and was directed by Peter Hunt at the 46th Street Theatre, now known as the Richard Rodgers Theatre, (which in a wonderful moment of theatrical symmetry, is the current home of Hamilton). It opened one night, just 15 hours, before the close of eligibility for the 1969 Tony awards. It went on to win Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The production played 1,217 performances before closing Feb. 13, 1972 at the Majestic Theatre. During the Broadway run of the original production, it moved theaters twice, once from the 46th Street Theatre to the St. James Theatre, without missing a single performance and then to the Majestic Theatre, dark only two days for that move. It was revived on Broadway in 1997 by the Roundabout Theatre Company. In 1972, a screen adaptation was released with many of the original Broadway cast reprising their roles and again directed by Peter Hunt. In the years since it ended its original Broadway run 1776 has had numerous productions regionally, internationally, and academically.

The MUNY Creative team for the current production of 1776 is:
Rob Ruggiero (Director)
Luke Cantarella (Scenic Design)
Alejo Vietti (Costume Design)
John Lasiter (Lighting Design)
John Shivers (Sound Design)
David Patridge (Sound Design)
Greg Emetaz (Video Design)
Leah J. Loukas (Wig Design)
Nancy Uffner (Production Stage Manager)


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