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1776 – The Musical Concert
July 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - July 3, 2015 @ 7:30 amFree
A stellar cast of local professional actors, singers & musicians will present a concert version of Sherman Edwards’ Tony Award-winning musical, “1776”. There will be two performances in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, Montclair (at the corner of Park St. & Claremont Ave.) on Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free to the public. Donations of non-perishable food items for The Montclair Human Needs Food Pantry will be taken at the door.
Come spend an evening engaging with America’s first Congress! “1776 The Musical” is a perfect activity to help your family get into the true spirit of the 4th of July! This fast-paced, fairly historical and regularly hilarious musical tells the story behind the signing our nation’s most precious treasure – The Declaration of Independence. As American and British forces battle just outside of Philadelphia, the “obnoxious and disliked” John Adams and his cronies – Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson-combine forces to persuade the Second Continental Congress to vote for American independence.
Members of this cast, local professional actors, singers & musicians, were brought together by director Erin Woodward over a communal love of this unique musical and their desire to share it with the community at large. With musical direction by the accomplished Markus Grae-Hauck (4th Wall Theatre), and members of the Montclair Community Band making up the orchestra, this concert is one not to be missed!
In conjunction with these performances of “1776”, there will be a food drive with all donations of non-perishable goods going to The Montclair Human Needs Food Pantry.
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“1776” premiered on Broadway in 1969, earning warm reviews, and ran for 1,217 performances. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including Best Musical. In 1972 it was made into the film starring William Daniels (Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World), Howard Da Silva, and John Cullum, and was revived on Broadway in 1997 starring Brent Spiner (Star Trek).