The musical comedy 1776 will return to Broadway in 2021 as a revival play at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theater in New York City.
The revival will be directed by Diane Paulus, the Tony Award-winning director of Pippin, who is currently on Broadway with Waitress and will direct the forthcoming Alanis Morissette jukebox musical Jagged Little Pill, set to be released later this year. 1776 will begin previews at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts next spring, where Paulus is the art director, followed by performances around the country before heading to Broadway.
1776 first debuted in 1969 and ran through 1972, featuring songs from Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, and it earned three Tony Awards including Best Musical. Then, it was made into a a film in 1972, a revival show ran from 1997 to 1998, and a brief run produced by The Encores! program in 2016. The show revolves around the Continental Congress signing the Declaration of Independence, dramatizing John Adams and his efforts to get his colleagues to sign the document.
Todd Haimes, Roundabout Artistic Director and CEO, told Playbill that he has “enormous respect” for Paulus and is looking forward to her work with 1776, which “is an important part of Roundabout’s musical history on Broadway.”
Additional cities and exact dates, as well as casting, has not been announced at this time.