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Behind the Mythology of the U.S. Founding Fathers; Plus, Actress Liz Mikel on the Revival of “1776: The Musical”

A history lesson on the figures who shaped our country; plus, the star of the musical explains how this revival reimagines a classic.


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Liz Mikel as ‘Benjamin Franklin' in the National Tour of 1776.


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Actress and vocalist Liz Mikel joins us to discuss her role as Benjamin Franklin in the national tour of the Broadway revival of 1776: The Musical. This celebrated musical depicts the events that lead to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Mikel discusses how this revival reimagines the classic musical by featuring a cast made up of female, trans, and non-binary actors playing America's founders, as well as the reactions she's seeing from audience members so far.

1776: The Musical is presented by Theatre Under the Stars and will be in Houston from July 20 – 22, 2023, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, click here.

Then, we speak with author Kenneth C. Davis, best known for the New York Times bestsellers Don't Know Much About® History and America's Hidden History, as well as several other works. Davis shares insight on who the U.S. founding fathers were apart from the mythology around their legacies.

Davis also explains why we celebrate Independence Day on July 4, how the founding fathers felt about slavery despite many owning slaves themselves, and certain figures in U.S. history who deserve more credit for their contributions to the country, including founding "mothers".



Liz Mikel

Kenneth C. Davis

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