Full casting has been revealed for the upcoming national tour of the recent Broadway revival of 1776, set to launch at Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre February 11, with opening night set for February 16.
Gisela Adisa will lead the all-female, transgender, and non-binary company as John Adams after understudying the role on Broadway. She will share the stage with Shelby Acosta as Sec. Charles Thomson, Nancy Anderson as Thomas Jefferson, Tiffani Barbour as Andrew McNair, Dawn Cantwell as Col. Thomas McKean, Julie Cardia as Stephen Hopkins, Joanna Glushak as John Dickinson, Anissa Marie Griego as Roger Sherman, Kassandra Haddock as Edward Rutledge, Shawna Hamic as Richard Henry Lee, Connor Lyon as Martha Jefferson/Dr. Lyman Hall, Liz Mikel as Benjamin Franklin, Oneika Phillips as John Hancock, Lulu Picart as Samuel Chase, Ariella Serur as Judge James Wilson, Brooke Simpson as the Courier, Sav Souza as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Tieisha Thomas as Abigail Adams/Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon, Jill Vallery as Caesar Rodney, Zuri Washington as Robert Livingston, Gwynne Wood as George Read, and Candice Marie Woods as Joseph Hewes.
As on Broadway, Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus co-direct the musical about the founding fathers on the brink of signing the Declaration of Independence. The production played a run at A.R.T.'s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before Broadway.
The production features choreography by Page, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Jonathan Deans, and projection design by David Bengali. Ryan Cantwell is leading the music team as music supervisor and music director, with David Chase as original music supervisor, orchestrations by John Clancy, and vocal design by AnnMarie Milazzo. Casting is by Stewart/Whitley, and Genevieve Kersh is production stage manager.
1776 premiered on Broadway in 1969, earning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Featured Actor (Ronald Holgate as Richard Henry Lee), and Best Direction (Peter Hunt). Roundabout Theatre Company also produced the musical's first Broadway revival in 1997.
For a full tour itinerary, visit 1776Musical.com.