On April 2nd, I had the honor of seeing the Encores! production of 1776. The play stars Santino Fontana as John Adams, who is coercing the rest of the Continental Congress to declare independence. It’s a simple plot, and the show ends with each representative signing the Declaration of Independence. Where this show shines is through its witty dialogue and clever song lyrics.
Here at The Daily Geekette, many of us are theater/Broadway nerds, and thus we like to report on the awesomeness happening currently on The Great White Way. One of those recent announcements included one of my personal favorite people being cast in New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center‘s newest addition to it’s season line up. The person in question? Lin-Manuel Miranda (and Karen Olivo.) The show? Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!
Lin-Manuel is an incredible talent, who has the ability to mix musical genres with effortless ability, making them seem to fit in perfect harmony. He proved this in his masterpiece, In The Heights, which also showcased his quirky yet wonderful acting chops. He’s meant to be in unique musical theater material, and if you know the late Jonathan Larson’s work (Spoiler Alert: he was the guy that wrote Rent), then you know what you’re in for.