Delegates to the Second Continental Congress have gathered in Philadelphia to write the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Tony Award-winning musical that opens the season of Asolo Repertory Theatre. Andrew Boyer as Benjamin Franklin, Bernie Yvon as John Adams, Abby Mueller as Abigail Adams, Jay Lusteck as Richard Henry Lee and Brandon Dahlquist as Thomas Jefferson top the cast of 26 historic characters in the production. It's directed by Frank Galati, who brings back much of the creative team from his staging last year of My Fair Lady at the Sarasota theater.
1776, with a score by history teacher-turned-songwriter Sherman Edwards and book author Peter Stone, won the 1969 Tony for best musical. In the Asolo revival, music director Michael Rice leads an eight-piece orchestra. The show opens Friday and runs through Dec. 22. $26-$75. There is a preview at 8 tonight. (941) 351-8000 or toll-free, 1-800-361-8388; asolorep.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic