About 1776

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2019

CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org / 901.682.8601


Historical Musical Revolves Around Resolves on Lohrey Stage

Memphis, TN – 1776, an unlikely but highly relevant musical, marches into Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, March 8-31, 2019.  The plot tells of a seminal event in American history as the nation is ready to declare independence... if only the founding fathers can agree. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. A funny, insightful and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.

“1776 reminds us of the compromises, the ideals and passions that came together (and not at all easily) to create this country,” says director Cecelia Wingate. “We watch these noble and brave men argue, maneuver, seethe, strike, recoil, and ultimately work together to form a more perfect union.” It was important to Wingate to realize, as well, that there is a lot of “noise” that emanates from our current political system ... the whole “I’m right, you’re wrong” mentality. She reflects on her approach to heading up this production. “I saw the opportunity to inspire audience members to avail themselves of their liberty of voting and that compromise is never easy, yet necessary.” She adds, “What a privilege it is to be able to tell this story.”

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch celebrates this patriotic, musical production that has so much history to support it. “It is always important to show appreciation for our freedom of speech,” Litch avows. “Theatre is a great vehicle for that and 1776 is a true declaration of that with wit and honesty … and inspired elements to move you to action.”


TITLE: 1776

MUSIC & LYRICS BY:  Sherman Edwards

BOOK BY: Peter Stone

DIRECTOR: Cecelia Wingate



VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: March 8 - 31, 2019

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $35 adults, $15 students, $30 seniors 62 and above and military personnel

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org


MEDIA SPONSORS: WKNO 91.1 FM, The Memphis Flyer, Germantown News, The Best Times, WeAreMemphis.com

Promotional graphic attached.  Production photos available 03/05/19.

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.

Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation / ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission

Posted by Randall Hartzog at 11:32 AM
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