This Week on Broadway for July 4, 2021: 1776

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the musical, “1776”


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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook
PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, and many other places.

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Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at

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Michael: Magis Theatre Company’s production of Thornton Wilder’s play The Alcestiad @ Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park (in the shadow of a former Small Pox Hospital! … The play is about a kingdom that was taken over by a tyrant followed by a plague.)

One of America’s most lauded playwrights, Thornton Wilder’s rarely performed play, The Alcestiad, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 1955, directed by Tyrone Guthrie, and is inspired by Euripides Greek tragedy Alcestis. Wilder’s third-act imagines a world after Alcestis returns from the land of the dead; her kingdom is overthrown by a tyrant and is ravaged by a plague. It deals with the power of irrational fear in society at the hands of those who would seek to intimidate others brutally, in the same way that FDR’s speech urges us to strive for “Freedom from Fear.” The play as a whole asks questions about the meaning of human life and its relationship to the divine.

Peter: Seven Deadly Sins (review)
The Tectonic Theater Project (Moisés Kaufman, Founder & Artistic Director) and Madison Wells Live production of Seven Deadly Sins, the sexy and adventurous outdoor theatrical experience, coming to New York City’s Meatpacking District begins performances June 22 ahead of a Tuesday, June 29 official opening night. Tickets are available via or via TodayTix at or through the iOS and Android app.

Discussion: 1776 (The Musical)
Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone

IBDB: 1776 Broadway Productions

IMDB: 1776 Movie

1776 London Production

1776 recordings at Cast Album Reviews

1776 (musical) Wikipedia article

Playbill: Lin-Manuel Miranda and William Daniels Talk Hamilton, 1776, Mr. Feeny, and More
Revisit this 2016 meeting of the minds between Broadway’s original Alexander Hamilton and John Adams.

Wagner College’s 1976 production of 1776
Photos courtesy of Michael Portantiere

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment:

“Is Anybody There?” from the original London cast album

William Daniels and Virginia Vestoff performing “Yours, Yours, Yours” on the 1971 Tony Awards:

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Opening: “Sit Down, John” from the original Broadway cast recording

Closing: “Is Anybody There?” from the original London cast album

Other Music: The Lounge from

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