A congress that gets things done….Revolutionary!

Starring Scott Wichmann as John Adams.

Raucous, witty, and patriotic, this Tony Award-winning musical is a rousing celebration of American history. Led by the fiery and persuasive John Adams, the founding fathers incite the divided Continental Congress to vote for independence.

sponsors Archive: 1776, The Musical

Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Directed by Debra Clinton

arrow  Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes with intermission


"Excellent" "Soars from its opening... through its closing"

STYLE Weekly

"Buoyant" "Bold"

Richmond Times Dispatch

"Witty" "Beautifully staged"


"Patriotic joy" "This tale is told well and entertainingly"


"Timely and highly entertaining"

Richmond Family Magazine

1776 Musical


"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress!" -- John Adams, in 1776, The Musical

The Legacy of 1776: An interview with William Daniels and Lin Manual Miranda

New York City Center

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Wayne L. Batty

Wayne L. Batty With affection and respect, we dedicate this musical theatre classic to the memory of our dear friend Wayne L. Batty. During WWII, Wayne served in the U. S. Army Air Corps Stage Band, and was the vocalist under the direction of fellow corpsman Henry Mancini. In 1949, he joined the faculty at RPI (now VCU), ultimately serving as Chair of VCU’s School of Music for 11 years. When he retired in 2007 at age 85, he was Virginia’s longest-serving university faculty member.

Along with his wife Jane, Wayne was music co-director for three seasons at Virginia Museum Theatre, 17 seasons at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, and 23 years for Richmond’s annual holiday production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. He served on the Boards of Directors of the Richmond Symphony and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. With Jane, he had a special commitment to civil rights. He was active in the NAACP, and helped to integrate all VCU choral groups in the 1950s. Wayne was an irreplaceable artist, professor, leader, role model, and arts cornerstone. We celebrate his life, and will miss him greatly.