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The Musical ‘1776’ Will Return to Broadway in 2021

A revival of the musical comedy “1776” will come to Broadway in the spring of 2021, the Roundabout Theater Company said Monday.

The revival, directed by Diane Paulus, will begin next May at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where Ms. Paulus is the artistic director. It will then be presented at several other theaters around the country, including in July 2020 at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles, before arriving at Broadway’s American Airlines Theater. The musical will be a coproduction of the A.R.T. and the Roundabout, both of which are nonprofits.

Ms. Paulus won a Tony Award for her direction of “Pippin,” and is currently represented on Broadway with “Waitress.” She is also directing an Alanis Morissette jukebox musical, “Jagged Little Pill,” that is scheduled to open on Broadway in December.

The musical “1776” is about the Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The show, featuring songs by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, first ran on Broadway from 1969 to 1972; a previous Roundabout revival ran on Broadway from 1997 to 1998. The Encores! program at City Center presented a brief run of “1776” in 2016.

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