A man in a bright blue and red coat stands next to a a woman in a floral dress and points. Behind them an American flag with 13 stars hangs. To their left and right groups of people in 18th century clothing sing.
The cast of the Ford’s Theatre world premiere musical Liberty Smith, directed by Matt August. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Liberty Smith

date March 23, 2011 — May 21, 2011

Ford’s Theatre presents the world premiere of Liberty Smith, a madcap musical romp through Revolutionary America. A childhood friend of George Washington, apprentice to Benjamin Franklin and linked to Paul Revere’s remarkable ride, the elusive Liberty Smith weaves his way through familiar tales of a young nation. Rife with melody and blazing with adventure, Liberty Smith recalls the lush heyday of the American musical. Experience the birth of America through the eyes of our forgotten founding father: Liberty Smith.

Artistic Team

Book by Marc Madnick, Eric R. Cohen and Adam Abraham
Based on an Original Story by Marc Madnick and Eric R. Cohen
Director Matt August
Music Michael Weiner
Lyrics Adam Abraham
Choreographer Denis Jones
Music Direction Jay Crowder
Scenic Design Court Watson
Costume Design Wade Laboissonniere
Lighting Design Philip S. Rosenberg
Sound Design David Budries
Wig and Make-Up Design Cookie Jordan
Orchestrator Alan Lee Silva
Vocal Arrangements Alan Zachary
Fight Choreography Brad Waller
Production Stage Manager Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager Taryn Friend
New York Casting Jim Carnahan, C.S.A.


Noah Chiet

Child Actor

Silhouette of a human head on black.

Brendan DeBonis

Child Actor

Thomas Adrian Simpson

Lead Player/King Louis XVI

Tracy Lynn Olivera


Stephen F. Schmidt

Old Liberty Smith

Silhouette of a human head on black.

Geoff Packard

Liberty Smith

Headshot for Gregory Maheu.

Gregory Maheu

George Washington

Headshot for Lauren Williams.

Lauren Williams

Martha Dandridge

Headshot for Harry Winter.

Harry A. Winter

Augustine Washington/Governor Hutchinson

Silhouette of a human head on black.

Kelly Karbacz

Emily Andrews

Silhouette of a human head on black.

Donna Migliaccio

Betsy Ross

Headshot for actor Christopher Bloch.

Christopher Bloch

Benjamin Franklin

Michael Bunce


James Konicek

Benedict Arnold

Richard Pelzman

Paul Revere

Matthew A. Anderson

Samuel Adams

Bobby Smith

James Otis/Thomas Jefferson

Silhouette of a human head on black.

Gia Mora

Rachel Revere/Marie Antoinette

Carolyn Agan



Keyboard I/Conductor Jay Crowder
Keyboard II Jenny Cartney
Violin I Bruno Nasta
Violin II Cristina Constantinescu
Woodwind I Lee Lachman/George Hummel
Woodwind II Keith Daudelin
Bass Dan Hall
Percussion Danny Villanueva

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