Santino Fontana & John Larroquette Star in ‘1776 the Musical’ at New York City Center

By James Knight on Feb 29, 2016 09:29 PM EST

Move over Hamilton. There is a new, well older, historical musical coming to town...for about five days. That is right, 1776 the Musical is coming to the New York City Center as part of the Encore! season. The special event production stars Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot the Musical) and John Larroquette (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) as Benjamin Franklin.

Theatermania is offering a description of the musical, writing:

"Ring in the election year with 1776, the classic Tony Award-winning musical about how the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to a new nation. A unique show that presents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin in all their fractious, fascinating complexity, 1776 features beloved songs such as 'Sit Down, John,' 'Cool, Cool, Considerate Men,' and 'He Plays the Violin.' The show will remind you of how far America has come—and how little we've changed."

1776 stars Santino Fontana as John Adams and John Larroquette as Benjamin Franklin.
The rest of the cast includes (via Theatermania):

Nikki Renée Daniels (The Book of Mormon) as Martha Jefferson.
John Behlmann (Significant Other) as Thomas Jefferson.
André De Shields (The Full Monty) as Stephen Hopkins.
Alexander Gemignani (Violet) as Edward Rutledge.
Christiane Noll (Ragtime) as Abigail Adams.
Bryce Pinkham (The Heidi Chronicles) as John Dickinson.
Jubilant Sykes (Breath & Imagination) as Richard Henry Lee.

The company includes:

Kevin Ligon, John-Michael Lyles, Laird Mackintosh, Michael McCormick, Michael Medeiros, Wayne Pretlow, Tom Alan Robbins, Robert Sella, Ric Stoneback, Vishal Vaidya, Nicholas Ward, and Jacob Keith Watson.

Encores! Mainstage production of 1776 opens on Mar 30 and runs thru April 3. Garry Hynes will be directing. Ticket prices start as low as $35. For additional information please visit

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