1776, the musical
by Georgetown Palace Theatre

Oct. 07 - Oct. 30, 2016

In a burst of political incorrectness, Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre opens its 2016-2017 Season with 1776, The Musical, interpreted in a way you might not have seen before!  With the Palace's broad spectrum of talent, why allow race or gender to be a barrier to participation?  Yes, we know that the historical truth lies in the more male-dominated era in which our country was formed; our plan is to explore how the words and ideals of 1776 resonate when performed by a more diverse set of voices.

American history tells us that in the summer of 1776 our nation seemed ready to declare independence – if our founding fathers could agree to do so! 1776, The Musical, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone, follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.  A funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book, 1776, The Musical carries a suggested rating of PG for themes of war, slavery, and revolution.  



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Clifford Butler directs 1776 with great skill and sensitivity.  (Clifford provided the musical direction for the Palace’s 2007 production of 1776; Ron Watson directed the 2007 production.)  But with the nontraditional casting of this 2016 production come discernible differences:  both men and women populate the stage in 2016!  This is not your grandfather’s 1776!  

Clifford has been lauded for many roles in Palace productions since 2002 and has been director and/or musical director for many others.  David Sherline takes on the role of Musical Director and Sound Designer for his third season with The Palace.  David has served as musical director, sound designer, and lighting designer, most recently excelling at the musical direction and sound design for Camelot. 

Choreography for 1776 is performed wonderfully by Courtney Wissinger Eiland, new to the Palace but certainly not new to the business!  Courtney holds a BFA in Acting from UT and most recently co-Directed and Choreographed the Award-winning Zilker Theatre Productions of Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Sound of Music. 

Costumes for 1776, The Musical, are provided by A Cut Above Costumes located in Round Rock TX.

“Thank you” to our non-profit partner for 1776, the Williamson County Museum, for their enduring support.


1776, the musical
by Peter Stone, Sherman Edwards
Georgetown Palace Theatre

October 07 - October 30, 2016
Georgetown Palace Theatre
810 South Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX, 78626

Production dates for 1776 are 5 weekends from October 7 to October 30, 2016.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m.  Three Saturday matinees (2:00 shows) have been added to the schedule:  October 15, 22, & 29.  See our Website for actual dates and seating availability. 

Ticket prices for the 2016-2017 Season are $30 Adults, $28 Seniors (55+), $28 Students and Active Military, and $14 Children (13 & younger).  *$1 Ticketing Fee will be added per ticket at checkout.  Group rates are available for 20 or more. 

The Palace seats about 295, with reserved seating paid for in the ticket price. 

The Palace office in the lobby of the theatre is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (except for some holiday dates). 

Purchase tickets and select seating online at www.georgetownpalace.com or by calling 512-869-7469.  (Please call ahead regarding special needs seating.)  Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express are accepted.  

The Historic Palace Theatre is located at 810 South Austin Avenue in downtown Georgetown and is part of the most beautiful Town Square in Texas!