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1776 Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 34



5.0 star rating Dee from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


It's been hours and I'm still talking about it. This play brought history to life. Every single role was poignant and meaningful-I have never given John Adams the credit he is due! The actor who portrayed him was PHENOMENAL. Ben Franklin and John Dickinson were brilliant. Abigail Adams was powerful. The soldier's scene was phenomenal. I don't want to leave anyone out because everyone's role had meaning. This as a beautiful and honest telling of our country's birth.

5.0 star rating Franny Ryan from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Truly amazing singing, acting and choreography. My daughter wanted to listen to the movie soundtrack from the 70s on the drive home because it was so bad in comparison to what we just saw and heard.

5.0 star rating Don from Sherman Oaks, California


This 1776 was a powerfully dynamic production. The new arrangements are first rate. And the diverse casting sets the original script on its end affording the audience a unique glimpse into the humanity of our Founding Fathers. Favorite numbers included Momma Look Sharp, Molasses to Rum, and Cool Considerate Men. The Egg features a video of America's 247 year struggles in two and a half minutes that had me in tears at its end. The cast is stellar with several showstopping numbers throughout. A few minor quibbles about the scenic design (ask me about the "shower curtain" later) but certainly nothing that should keep you out of the theatre. There will be those who will complain of the "wokeness" of the piece especially the battle between the left and right which unfortunately continues across our country to this very day. But all in all the Ahmanson isn't kidding when they say their "...production of 1776 is REVOLUTIONARY!!🇺🇲

5.0 star rating Carol from Los Angeles, California


What a riveting performance by this unique and diverse cast. We listened to the original 1969 cast recording on the way to the show, and this was such a refreshing remake to hear it sung by a unique and diverse cast. Like the original, this has some very funny moments. Unlike the original, some of the disagreements in the Congress hit home a little harder because of the diversity of the cast. The Egg and Molasses to Rum are mind-blowing, and Momma Look Sharp is absolutely heartbreaking. I can't even list all the phenomenal singers, there were so many shining moments.

5.0 star rating Kiki Rose from Washington, District of Columbia


Bravo! I have been a huge fan of 1776 since I first saw the movie in the 1970’s. I saw the magnificent production at Ford’s Theater twice several years ago. I couldn’t wait to see this one. I just returned from seeing it a second time at the Kennedy Center and I didn’t think it could get any better and it DID. The singing, the acting, and the humor were brilliant. I loved seeing the story of the Declaration of Independence told through a very diverse cast of women - it forced you to see it through a different lens. The script is a work of art and the cast took it to the limit. The woman who played Ben Franklin was AMAZING - her comedic timing was right on point. Both times I saw it there were standing ovations. One piece of advice: this play is not for young children. The dialogue will go over their heads.

4.0 star rating from Des Moines, Iowa


This was my first time to see 1776 and I was not sure how it would stand up next to Hamilton. I enjoyed the recasting .....this is one of the best things abt the show. I found the second act more compelling than the first and Molasses to Rum was powerful. Well worth your time...thought provoking and extremely well presented.

4.0 star rating J M Saniuk from Hendersonville, North Carolina


Don’t let the political correctness scare you away. This show has heart, emotion, and some phenomenal vocal performances. America is still a grand dream, even if it is still under construction.


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