If you just read the title of this blog post and went, “OH MY FREAKING GOD NO FREAKING WAY THIS IS AMAZING” then I’ll just put this here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/founding-mothers-all-female-1776/x/9600526
For the rest of you, I’ll catch you poor souls up. 1776 is a Tony Award-winning musical about the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is famously known for having a fiercely intelligent and witty book and for being a great musical with very few songs in it — there are only 10, I believe. I saw the movie in the 6th grade when we were learning about the Revolutionary War and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I was right. The movie, while long, is pretty fantastic and, for those who care, it stars Mr. Feeney as John Adams.
As a young character actress, roles in musical theatre are few and far between and 1776 is chock-full of amazing characters — the founding fathers of 1776 are portrayed as wildly passionate about Independence, pro or anti, but also as lewd, drunken, bawdy, short-tempered, and all around bad ass.
There are two women in the show. Abigail Adams and Martha Jefferson. Martha has a scene and a half. Abigail appears in beautiful duets between her and her husband through their letters (with most of the lyrics/dialogue taken from actual letters they wrote back and forth <3). While I appreciate the tip of the hat to Abigail, who was an amazing woman and for whom one of my daughters is named, 1776 isn’t really a show with a lot of good female parts in it.
I am co-producing an all-female version of this remarkable show and at the tail-end of our fundraising effort. To read more about my project, check out our Indiegogo campaign and maybe consider throwin’ in a little somethin’somethin’: