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‘1776’ Broadway Review: A New World Declares Independence

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Near the start of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of the musical 1776, a cast made entirely of actors who identify as female, transgender and nonbinary, with multiple representations of race and ethnicity, step into the gold-buckled shoes, literally, of the men who would come to be called the founding fathers.

We can only imagine how things might turn out differently, both for the musical and in some alternate real-life universe. In some ways, not much changes.

Members of the Continental Congress still bicker, fight and ever so slowly hash out the details of what will become the Declaration of Independence.

Slavery will remain enshrined in both the document and the new nation, and the musical’s rousing Sherman Edwards score is as vibrant and pleasing as ever.

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