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Colonial connection serves Players well in lively '1776'

Colonial connection serves Players well in lively '1776'

Congress' inability to agree on matters of import isn't exactly a new phenomenon, but the Colonial Players' current production of the musical "1776" reminds us that fiery debate has been a part of our nation from the outset.

Sherman Edwards' 1969 Tony Award winner for best musical, with book by Peter Stone, chronicles the vote for independence by the Continental Congress in the summer of 1776.

Director Beth Terranova says the musical reveals "the enormity of the task our founding fathers set out for themselves."

Facing the considerable task of selecting 27 singing actors to bring alive America's founders, Terranova chose a cast with the ability to...