Porchlight Announces “1776” Staged Concert Cast

Porchlight Announces “1776” Staged Concert Cast

Top row: Joseph Foronda, “Benjamin Franklin,” Lucy Godinez, “Martha Jefferson;” Michelle Lauto, “Abigail Adams”
Bottom row: Robert Quintanilla, “Thomas Jefferson;” Kelvin Roston Jr, “John Adams” and Heather Townsend, “John Dickinson”

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its sixth season of it’s staged concert series of underperformed musicals with Porchlight Revisits “1776,” the American origin musical from Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone. Artistic Director Michael Weber directs, with musical direction by Jeremy Ramey and musical staging by Michelle Lauto. Porchlight Revisits “1776” is presented for three performances Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for 1776 are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Tony Award-winning musical, and as with every Porchlight Revisits, the performances will begin with multimedia backstory presentation created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber.

Featuring a cast of 26, the largest ever for a Porchlight Revisits production, the “1776” company includes: Micha Astala, “Dr. Josiah Bartlett;” Frankie Leo Bennett, “George Reed;” Jeff Bouthiette, “Samuel Chase;” Erica Chinn, “Col. Thomas McKean;” Cynthia Clarey, “Rev. John Witherspoon;” Jazmín Corona, “Andrew McNair;” Richard Costes, “Leather Apron;” Ryan Dooley, “James Wilson;” William Dwyer,“Edward Rutledge;” Joseph Foronda, “Dr. Benjamin Franklin;” Kim Fukawa, “Charles Thomson;” Lucy Godinez, “Martha Jefferson;” Randolph Johnson, “Stephen Hopkins;” Christopher W. Jones, “Lewis Morris;” Teressa LaGamba,“, “Richard Henry Lee;” Michelle Lauto, “Abigail Adams,” Anne Marie Lewis, “Joseph Hewes;” Cari Meixner, “Dr. Lyman Hall;” Robert Quintanilla,“Thomas Jefferson;” Nolan Robinson, “Courier;” Kelvin Roston Jr., “John Adams;” Jenny Rudnick, “Caesar Rodney;” Peter Ruger, “Robert Livingston;” Heather Townsend, “John Dickinson;” Jessica Vann, “Roger Sherman” and Nancy Wagner, “John Hancock.”

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