About 1776 The Musical
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
The new season begins with passionate (and patriotic) fireworks as A.C.T. presents the West Coast premiere of acclaimed director Frank Galati's triumphant new staging of 1776, one of the most beloved musicals of all time. More than 230 years ago, our founding fathers wrestled with infighting, held heated debates, and negotiated compromises while drafting the Declaration of Independence. In this exhilarating work, the political skirmishes that played out centuries ago have surprising contemporary resonance. Hailed by critics as "brilliant," "thrilling," and "utterly riveting"—and filled with glorious music and unforgettable characters—1776 takes us on a vivid, rousing, and suspenseful adventure into the fascinating first chapter of American history.
“American history meets musical theater with a bang! The fire and blood of revolution has never been so enjoyable as in this Yankee Doodle hit.”—Bay Area News Group
“★★★★★! One of the most sumptuous, witty, and, yes, entertaining, bits of theater I’ve seen so far this year. —StarkInsider.com
“ reaches out across the footlights and takes hold” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Richly compelling. . . . great songs, easy humor, and a ton of personality” —SFist.com
“Sizzling!  unfolds with tension, fury, humor, pathos, musicality and even a few snippets of bawdiness. A terrific story that demands telling”—Huffington Post
"Cliff-hanging drama . . . as magical as a fairy tale" —The New York Times
"1776 has everything a theater lover could want" —Tampa Bay Times
"Exciting and suspenseful . . . beautifully staged by director Frank Galati"—Sarasota Magazine
"Heartening and inspiring! A powerful show done in thrilling style, from the fife and snare drum overture that quickly sets the period through the gorgeous costumes." —Herald Tribune
Open Captioned performance October 3, 8pm
"A smash hit! Holiday traditions don't get any better."—Stark Insider
"The best Christmas Carol ever!"—Jan Wahl, KCBS
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your "humbugs" at the door!
Performances sell out quickly. Act now for the best seats and prices!
1776 is made possible by
Deedee and Burt McMurtry; Patti and Rusty Rueff
Bruce Cozadd and Sharon Hoffman; Rose Hagan and Mark Lemley; Kirke Hasson and Nancy Sawyer Hasson;
Mr. David G. Steele; Susan A. Van Wagner
Anonymous; Paul Angelo; Andrew Dahlkemper
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