This week, we rewind the clock twice, once to March 16, 1969 and then all the way back to 1776!
The original production of 1776 opened at the 46th Street Theatre (since renamed the Richard Rodgers) on March 16th, 1969.
The show’s story concerned the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence, with the show ending on July 4th, 1776.
William Daniels (who later went on to play Mr. Feeny on the hit show (Boy Meets World) played John Adams and Betty Buckley played Martha Jefferson.
It ran for over 1200 performances, switching theatres twice (first to the St. James Theatre and then to the Majestic Theatre).
The show was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning four including Best Musical.
A movie version premiered in 1972, once again starring William Daniels.
Below, check out 1776’s Tony Award performance from the 1969 ceremony!
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