1776 the Musical

May 4 – 20, 2018

America’s Prize Winning Musical
Music & Lyrics by SHERMAN EDWARDS
Based on a concept by Sherman Edwards

Director: Laurie Starkey
Musical Director: Chris Rose


The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional Tony Award winning Broadway hit. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence… if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 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.

Tidewater Players – The Community Theatre of Havre de Grace

Tidewater Players is a community theatre group based in the beautiful and historic town of Havre de Grace, Maryland. For 35 years we performed exclusively in the Havre de Grace Opera House on Union Avenue. After two years of performing pop up theatre in various venues throughout Harford County due to the extensive renovations at the building, we are happy to be back home in our position as resident theatrical company in the expanded and refurbished new Cultural Center at the Opera House at 121 N. Union Avenue in Havre de Grace. No longer exclusively the home of Tidewater Players, there will be many other cultural events and even other theatrical companies passing through. Because of this, and to make sure you receive the quality you have come to expect from Tidewater Players productions, we recommend you follow all our news and information on productions here or on our Facebook page linked below (and shown at right), as well as purchase your tickets through the link above.

We’ve also added a great new feature, our theater blog, written by board member Mark Briner!

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Thank you for supporting the arts in Havre de Grace and Harford County!

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Recent Posts


This is an exciting time for all of us here at Tidewater Players. After being afloat in limbo for two years while our home of the last three decades at the Havre de Grace Opera House was undergoing extensive renovations, and fresh off our wildly successful debut homecoming concert during…  
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SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 2017  at 8:00 p.m. at the HAVRE DE GRACE OPERA HOUSE After a more than two year absence and much public anticipation, TIDEWATER PLAYERS is pleased to announce that the Havre de Grace Opera House renovation is near completion and set to reopen to the public in…  
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2017 Tony Award Predictions

Remember 2016, the year of the Hamil-Tony Awards? Last year’s predictions went something like this: “Hamilton….Hamilton….Hamilton….some chick from Hamilton….another guy from Hamilton….” Yeah, for three freaking hours. With a record thirteen new musicals that opened this season, and four constantly sold out shows on the same block, it’s a different…  
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