Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced that the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University and Roundabout Theatre Company production of “1776” will be the seventh and final production in Center Theatre Group’s 2019 – 2020 season at the Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
“1776” will begin a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson in July of 2020, on the heels of its launch at A.R.T. May 22 – June 28, 2020. Exact dates at the Ahmanson have not been announced. The Broadway engagement will take place at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre in the spring of 2021.
If you’re suffering from Hamilton withdrawals or are now obsessed with early American History’s stories, this is the production for you. The official synopsis goes: “They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them. Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And who does that freedom belong to?” Tony Award winner Diane Paulus directs a new production of this Tony Award-winning musical, reexamining this pivotal moment in American history.
“When I first heard that Diane Paulus was interested in directing a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical ‘1776,’ I knew it would be a perfect fit to complete our 2019 – 2020 Ahmanson season,” said Ritchie. “Diane is an exciting voice in the American theatre landscape who we last welcomed to our theatre with her celebrated interpretation of another classic, ‘Porgy and Bess.’ In ‘1776,’ not only does she promise to bring an exciting perspective to the musical, but also to a critical point in this country’s history—when our Founding Fathers solidified America’s independence. I can’t imagine a better time to revisit this work than as our country nears our next presidential election.”