BAYONNE, NJ - The Bayonne High School Drama Society opens their Spring 2018 musical, 1776, this weekend. 

Under the direction of Fine & Performing Arts teacher Lauren Alexander, performances of the Tony Award winning musical will take place Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

The show centers around John Adams' quest to obtain signatures for the Declaration of Independence. 

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"1776" won three Tony Awards after its Broadway debut in 1969, including Best Musical, according to the show's official website. Three years later, the musical was recreated into a movie, starring William Daniels (Mr. Feeny in the hit TV sitcom Boy Meets World) as John Adams.

According to Bayonne Schools Director of Social Studies Dan Ward, Alexander, along with social studies teacher Keri Toomey, took the students on a tour of historic Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, to prepare for the show. 

Additionally, Ward said Alexander and Toomey "created an interdisciplinary curriculum that was used by all Grade 5 Social Studies teachers whose students were attending a matinee performance of the musical."

Tickets for the show are available at the door or in advance by going to: