1776

Original Broadway Production (1969)

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Cast Highlights

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John Hancock (President)
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John Adams (Massachusetts)
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Stephen Hopkins (Rhode Island)
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Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania)
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John Dickinson (Pennsylvania)
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Richard Henry Lee (Virginia)
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Thomas Jefferson (Virginia)
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Edward Rutledge (South Carolina)
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Abigail Adams
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Martha Jefferson

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  • Sit Down, John .... John Adams & the Congress
  • Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve .... Adams
  • Till Then .... John & Abigail Adams
  • The Lees of Old Virginia .... Lee, Franklin & Adams
  • But, Mr. Adams .... Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Sherman & Livingston
  • Yours, Yours, Yours .... John & Abigail Adams
  • He Plays the Violin .... Martha Jefferson, Franklin & Adams
  • Cool, Cool, Considerate Men .... Dickinson & The Conservatives
  • Momma Look Sharp .... Courier, Congressional Custodian & Leather Apron
  • The Egg .... Franklin, Adams & Jefferson
  • Molasses to Rum .... Rutledge
  • Yours, Yours, Yours (Reprise) .... Abigail
  • Is Anybody There? .... Adams

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Trivia & History

1776 won the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best musical on the first ballot, by winning a majority of the votes cast for the award. By the group's rules, 50 percent or more of the votes must be won by a musical (or, for the play awards, by a play) on the first ballot or the group has the option of choosing to give no award or moving to a second, weighted ballot on which each critic lists three choices. (There was a period in the group's history when it was not necessary to win a majority, just a plurality, for a work to win one of the group's awards.) 

1776 received 9 votes from the participating critics. Other shows that received votes were Hair (3), Promises, Promises and Zorbá (2 each), and, most strangely (since it is a play), The Great White Hope (1). Two critics abstained. By a precedent established at the previous season's voting session, their votes were not counted in opposition, thus giving 1776 a majority with nine out 17 votes cast from the 19 critics present.

1776 won three 1969 Tony three awards: best musical; best performance by a supporting or featured actor in a musical (Ronald Holgate as Richard Henry Lee); and best director of a musical (Peter Hunt).

In addition, Virginia Vestoff (Abigail Adams) was nominated for best performance by a supporting or featured actress in a musical, and Jo Mielziner was nominated for scenic design. William Daniels, who played John Adams, was nominated for best performance by a supporting or featured actor in a musical, but he declined his nomination because he believed he should have been considered in the leading-actor category. 

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