See it if You want a modern take on 1776.
Don't see it if If you enjoyed past performances of this musical. Bad orchestrations and directing.
See it if you are a fan of the cast.
Don't see it if The show is painfully dated. As a 80 min play it would have been interesting. Most of the music is about nothing that furthers the plot. Read more
See it if You enjoy historical stories or are interested in government. Cast is good and I like the all female cast better than traditional casting.
Don't see it if The problem lies with the material, this show is simply not good. The songs are annoying and many don't further the plot. Read more
See it if you'd enjoy a little history presented in an entertaining way by a strong cast whose characters are bickering in Congress as they do today.
Don't see it if you are looking for a flashy, tuneful musical as this is a show that is a bit slow for the time period covered. Sets and costumes are simple
See it if You want reversed roles with great sing, new look at this musical.
Don't see it if Like the original and reversed roles. You may not know who is who in the show. But some you will know right a way. Read more
See it if You’re interested in Americana. This is a very well written show that shines through a mish-mash of a production.
Don't see it if You’d hate seeing an iffy production of this show. The performances & direction are all over the place.
See it if you’re interested in historical dramas or American history, or you’re curious to see a new take on a classic featuring a diverse cast.
Don't see it if you’re a 1776 purist. The material is the same, but the casting and some directorial choices help shed new light on the show’s themes.
See it if A excellent production from the extremely talented women/nonbinary cast. Enjoying the the staging & directing of this historic topic.
Don't see it if If you prefer traditional casting of the events of America’s 1776, then skip this one.
"The production is instead so overpumped and overplayed as to be hardly comprehensible is the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of the musical, which is plenty complicated as written."
"You leave the production newly amazed by the radical contingency of history as we know it...The spirit of ’76 still haunts America, for better and for worse."
"I find myself deeply moved by the collective work to bring out the beauty and joy in such a fundamentally corrupted musical, and I’m glad to have witnessed it. I want other people to witness it."
"Stern looks do not, politically and artistically, get us very far, but great musical moments still have power: they win the signatures; they rally the troops; they ring the bell."
"What colors and fills up the room is the vibrant, gifted cast...a mild loss for historical accuracy, maybe, but a bigger win for life and liberty, created equally."
"This '1776' allows audience to witness a history anew through an outsider’s eye, as it reframes the classic Trumbull painting in a different light...one that inspires, yes, but one that also continues to haunt in its incompleteness."
"In truth, the conceit of the production doesn’t add any significant extrinsic meanings to the musical."
"At its best, the Roundabout’s production of '1776' ... shakes off any undue weight of expectation, treating the audience to classic musical theater songs sung by voices that have never before been given access."