46th Street Theatre, (3/16/1969 - 12/27/1970)
St. James Theatre, (12/28/1970 - 4/24/1971)
Majestic Theatre, (4/27/1971 - 2/13/1972)

Opening Date: Mar 16, 1969
Closing Date: Feb 13, 1972
Total Previews: 5
Total Performances: 1217

Category: Musical, Comedy, History, Original, Broadway
Setting: A single setting representing the Chamber and an Anteroom of the Continental Congress, a Mall, High Street, and Thomas Jefferson's Room, in Philadelphia; and certain reaches of John Adams' mind. May, June and July, 1776.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization; 46th Street Theatre Managing Director: Lester Osterman; 46th Street Theatre General Manager: Richard Horner

Produced by Stuart Ostrow

Book by Peter Stone; Music by Sherman Edwards; Lyrics by Sherman Edwards; Musical Director: Peter Howard; Music orchestrated by Eddie Sauter; Dance arrangements by Peter Howard; Vocal arrangements by Elise Bretton

Based on a conception of Sherman Edwards; Directed by Peter Hunt; Musical Staging by Onna White

Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt; Hair Design by Ernest Adler

General Manager: Joseph Harris and Ira Bernstein

Production Stage Manager: Peter Stern; Stage Manager: Lee Murray

Orchestra Personnel Manager: Elliot Lawrence; Music Supervisor Copyist: Mathilde Pincus

Associate to Onna White: Martin Allen; General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson and Lee Solters; Press Representative: Harry Nigro and Cheryl Sue Dolby; Casting Consultant: Michael Shurtleff; Advertising: Ingram Ash and Blaine-Thompson; Logo by Fay Gage

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Opening Night Cast

William DanielsJohn Adams
Clifford DavidEdward Rutledge
Paul HechtJohn Dickinson
Roy PooleStephen Hopkins
Howard Da SilvaBenjamin Franklin
Emory BassJames Wilson
Duane BodinGeorge Read
Betty Buckley
Broadway debut
Martha Jefferson
William DuellAndrew McNair
Congressional Custodian
David FordJohn Hancock
Robert GausCaesar Rodney
Ralston HillCharles Thomson
Congressional Secretary
Ronald HolgateRichard Henry Lee
Ken HowardThomas Jefferson
Scott JarvisCourier
Ronald KrossLewis Morris
Henry Le ClairRobert Livingston
Edmund LyndeckRev. John Witherspoon
Bruce MacKayCol. Thomas McKean
Jonathan MooreDr. Lyman Hall
Philip PolitoSamuel Chase
Dal RichardsDr. Josiah Bartlett
Charles RuleJoseph Hewes
B. J. SlaterLeather Apron
Virginia VestoffAbigail Adams
David VosburghRoger Sherman

Swings: Hal Norman

Standby: Rex Everhart (Benjamin Franklin)

Understudies: Duane Bodin (Andrew McNair), Gretchen Cryer (Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson), Ronald Kross (James Wilson), Henry Le Clair (Richard Henry Lee), Edmund Lyndeck (Charles Thomson, Dr. Lyman Hall, Stephen Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson), Bruce MacKay (Benjamin Franklin, John Dickinson), Jonathan Moore (John Adams), Hal Norman (Richard Henry Lee), Paul-David Richards (Edward Rutledge), Charles Rule (Benjamin Franklin, Col. Thomas McKean, John Hancock), B. J. Slater (Courier, Thomas Jefferson) and David Vosburgh (Caesar Rodney)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1969 Best Musical [winner] 

Book by Peter Stone; Music by Sherman Edwards; Lyrics by Sherman Edwards; Produced by Stuart Ostrow

winner 1969 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Ronald Holgate

 1969 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Virginia Vestoff

 1969 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Jo Mielziner

winner 1969 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Peter Hunt

Drama Desk Award

winner 1969 Outstanding Book [winner] 

Book by Peter Stone

winner 1969 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Patricia Zipprodt

Theatre World

winner 1969 Award [recipient] 

Ken Howard


music by Sherman Edwards; lyrics by Sherman Edwards

Sit Down, JohnJohn Adams and The Congress
Piddle, Twiddle and ResolveJohn Adams
Till ThenJohn Adams and Abigail Adams
The Lees of Old VirginiaRichard Henry Lee, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
But Mr. AdamsJohn Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston
Yours, Yours, YoursJohn Adams and Abigail Adams
He Plays the ViolinMartha Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
Cool, Cool, Considerate MenJohn Dickinson and The Conservatives
Momma Look SharpCourier, Andrew McNair (Congressional Custodian) and Leather Apron
The EggBenjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Molasses To RumEdward Rutledge
Yours, Yours, Yours (Reprise) Abigail Adams
Is Anybody There?John Adams

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

46th Street Theatre

(3/16/1969 - 12/27/1970)

Press Assistant: Sandra Manley.


Arthur Anderson
Rev. John Witherspoon
Betty Buckley
Martha Jefferson (Oct 5, 1970 - ?)
Charles Cioffi
John Hancock
Roy Cooper
John Hancock
David Cryer
Thomas Jefferson
Edward Rutledge (May 30, 1969 - ?)
John Cullum
Edward Rutledge
John Cunningham
John Adams
Jon Cypher
Thomas Jefferson (Sep 16, 1969 - ?)
Rex Everhart
During Howard DaSilva's illness
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
John Fink
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Jefferson (May 30, 1969 - ?)
Brian Foley
Thomas Jefferson
David Ford
John Dickinson
Ellen Hanley
Abigail Adams (Dec 1969 - ?)
George Hearn
John Dickinson
Ronald Kross
Dr. Lyman Hall
Peter Lombard
Thomas Jefferson
Edmund Lyndeck
Dr. Lyman Hall
Stephen Hopkins
James Noble
John Hancock
Gary Oakes
Richard Henry Lee
Mary Bracken Phillips
Martha Jefferson (Aug 28, 1969 - ?)
Philip Polito
Rev. John Witherspoon
Paul-David Richards
Dr. Josiah Bartlett
Charles Rule
Rev. John Witherspoon
Samuel Chase
Stanley Simmonds
Lewis Morris
William Stenson
Joseph Hewes

Swing: Arthur Anderson.

Understudy: Arthur Anderson, Chris Callan (Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson), Ronald Kross (Dr. Lyman Hall, Stephen Hopkins), James Noble (John Dickinson), Paul-David Richards (Edward Rutledge, John Adams), Charles Rule (Benjamin Franklin), Stanley Simmonds (Dr. Lyman Hall), William Stenson (Col. Thomas McKean, John Hancock), Jamie Thomas (Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson), Evan Thompson (Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson).

St. James Theatre

(12/28/1970 - 4/24/1971)

Musical Director: Gordon Harrell.

Press Representative: Ted Goldsmith.


John Cullum
Edward Rutledge (May 19, 1970 - ?)
John Ferrante
Lewis Morris
Pamela Hall
Martha Jefferson
Edmund Lyndeck
Stephen Hopkins (Jan 1970 - ?)

Understudy: Roy Cooper (John Dickinson), John Ferrante (Dr. Lyman Hall), Edmund Lyndeck (Charles Thomson), Stanley Simmonds General Understudy, Jamie Thomas (Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson), Evan Thompson (Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson).

Majestic Theatre

(4/27/1971 - 2/13/1972)


Gary Beach
Edward Rutledge
Christopher Callen
Martha Jefferson (Jul 4, 1971 - ?)
John Cunningham
John Adams (May 4, 1971 - ?)
Truman Gaige
Stephen Hopkins (Sep 6, 1971 - ?)
Jay Garner
Benjamin Franklin
George Hearn
John Dickinson (Aug 30, 1971 - ?)
Ronald Holgate
Richard Henry Lee (May 11, 1971 - ?)
Larry Small

Understudy: Gary Beach (Edward Rutledge).

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