1776 (Encores!)
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1776 (Encores!)
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1776 (Encores!) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(117 Ratings)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

About the Show

Encores! concert version of the Tony Award-winning musical about the birth of our nation features TV stars Santino Fontana and John Larroquette as founding fathers.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (117)

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127 Reviews | 24 Followers
100
Great singing, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Masterful

See it if You love the show 1776. You want to see a great semi-staged musical that feels very relevant. You want great lyrics.

Don't see it if You hate musicals.

269 Reviews | 181 Followers
98
Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to learn more about history, love musicals and want to be absorbed in a show.

Don't see it if You want a dancing musical with a lot of sunny songs.

192 Reviews | 38 Followers
95
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want to see the OG singing founding fathers

Don't see it if you don't like book-in-hand concert stagings.

68 Reviews | 29 Followers
95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you can't get tickets to Hamilton

Don't see it if you hate America?

98 Reviews | 18 Followers
93
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Long

See it if You love American history, don't mind being hit with uncomfortable topics, want to feel patriotic

Don't see it if You hate/don't know American history, don't like concert versions of musicals,

89 Reviews | 10 Followers
92
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You really want to see Hamilton but can't afford it

Don't see it if You don't enjoy historical musicals or you want to see a show with women in it.

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80 Reviews | 27 Followers
92
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are okay with watching great actors act out a wonderful gem of a musical.

Don't see it if the lack of full costumes and staging bothers you.

419 Reviews | 52 Followers
90
Delightful, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if Fan of 1776 in any form.

Don't see it if Cannot sit for a lengthy musical.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
March 31st, 2016

"'1776' can sometimes feel like C-Span set to music...Your instinct is to yell down the corridors of history, 'Pick up the pace, guys!' You may occasionally feel like shouting the same instructions at the cast members onstage...This cleanly mounted production begins with marvelous gusto...Mr. Fontana shoulders the responsibilities of a leading man with irresistible focus and passion…What was, and remains, revolutionary about ‘1776’ is that it dares to be as dull as real politics can often be."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 31st, 2016

"That Edwards’s songs are so secondary, and Stone’s book so good—certainly one of the best ever written for a musical—makes '1776' an unexpected choice for the Encores!...The sound from the orchestra is glorious and so is the production. Under Garry Hynes’s patient, probing, and emotionally vivid direction, it ranks as one of the best of the 68 musical revivals Encores! has offered...The actors thrillingly succeed in making the drama play as if it never happened before—onstage or off."
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New York Daily News
March 31st, 2016

"Long-winded scenes without music are as enjoyable as taxation without representation. Stretches of the almost three-hour show are a slog. Still, Stone’s witty jokes about a do-nothing Congress never fail to hit the mark. Polarizing founding father John Adams does gags that could work for a Jimmy Fallon monologue...Set over three tempestuous and bloody months running up to July, 4, 1776, the show’s return is perfectly timed for current, high-stakes politics."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 31st, 2016

"While this current incarnation is not perfect, it nonetheless makes a compelling argument that the show would find receptive audiences for a commercial run...The book by Peter Stone is considered one of the finest in all of musical theater...Considering the show's considerable demands, the ensemble is largely fine despite their limited rehearsal time...The marvel of this show is how it manages to keep us in suspense even though its outcome is known to all...'1776' makes history come alive."
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New York Post
April 1st, 2016

"It’s witty, intricately plotted and surprisingly suspenseful. As John Adams and Ben Franklin, respectively, Santino Fontana and John Larroquette drive the show with the energy and chemistry of a comedy duo...Director Garry Hynes adds sly curveballs, like the casting of African-American Nikki Renée Daniels as Martha Jefferson. But what’s most striking is how powerfully '1776' argues for unity, honor and, yes, compromise—a resonant note in our divided times."
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AM New York
March 31st, 2016

"Although Sherman Edwards’ score is thoroughly winning, '1776' revolves primarily around Peter Stone’s witty, dramatically-charged book…As staged by Irish director Garry Hynes, this is a lean presentation of the musical that would have been even more effective and fluid had the actors benefited from a longer rehearsal period. Santino Fontana is unusually likable and photogenic as the 'obnoxious and disliked' John Adams, but still captures the character’s fervor and fighting spirit."
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Theatermania
March 31st, 2016

"A superb concert production of a somewhat lackluster musical (but better play)...Under the direction of Garry Hynes, Peter Stone's extended book scenes come alive, so much so that we often forget we are at a concert presentation...But unlike most musicals, the score is really not the main course...While there are aspects of '1776' that don't seem to mesh with reality, it is more truthful than not and certainly gets us thinking about the foundational battles of our union."
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BroadwayWorld
March 31st, 2016

"One of Broadway's finest-written musicals not only serves as a great history lesson, but also strikes many newly-relevant chords...Musically, this '1776' succeeds greatly. However, this is the rare musical where the book is so strong that many of the evening's emotional high points are spoken, so in this case the numerous cuts decrease the drama's effectiveness...The production has the makings of one that could really gel together into something fresh and invigorating."
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