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1776 Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 22



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!!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²

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.

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.

3.0 star rating Oh well from San Diego, California


What's said nowhere in the main descriptions is that this is an all female cast. They did well, and their best, but I just could NOT suspend disbelief. When the soldier soloed for a Vietnamesque recounting of her time at the front, it came off as simply offensive. If we're going to take gendered privileges' seriously, surely the most important is the privilege to not fight and die, something exclusive to women. So a woman recounting the horrors of battle came off as... sort of gross . She was great, though. Excellent performances. Ultimately, it struck me as a small-minded production, a statement against men, one that usurped their triumphs and hardships, their very experience of life, the stuff women cannot understand. Maybe the intent was something more kind and nuanced. It's just how it felt. The cast was very good. Theater should takes risks. I don't hold it against them. I just don't think they pulled it off.

2.0 star rating R.O. from Chicago, Illinois


The point of this production was to apologize to the Native and African Americans for injustices of the past. There's a time and a place and when you're paying this much for tickets to see a show that you really loved as a kid, it pisses you off. Singing was really good though.


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