Pittsburgh Public Theater presents ‘1776’

Published Jan 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm (Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm)

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Made In America season reaches its high point with “1776,” the biggest production in Public Theater history.

This Tony Award-winning Best Musical features the book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. Directed by Ted Pappas, “1776” runs Jan. 24–Feb. 24 at the O’Reilly Theater in the Cultural District.

It’s an engaging trip back in time – with a cast of 26 plus an orchestra, “1776” presents the heroes of the American Revolution in rousing songs and dances, comic encounters and impassioned politics to tell the story of how we went from 13 colonies to the United States of America.

George Merrick (“South Pacific” on Broadway) stars as John Adams alongside Keith Hines (“Lancelot” in Camelot at Pittsburgh Public Theater) as Thomas Jefferson, and Steve Vinovich (“Lost in Yonkers” on Broadway) as Benjamin Franklin. As they wrangle to get everyone on the same page – namely, the Declaration of Independence – they are encouraged by allies such as Abigail Adams (Trista Moldovan, “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway) and foiled by foes like Edward Rutledge (Hayden Tee, King Arthur in “Camelot” at Pittsburgh Public Theater). In “1776,” history will come alive in a musical extravaganza that’s perfect entertainment for the whole family.

For tickets call 412-316-1600 or visit ppt.org.

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