BWW Blog: Meet James Beaman, Playing 'John Adams' in 1776 at Cape Playhouse

June 3
3:20 PM 2014

Every actor has his or her dream roles. And so few of us get the chance to play them. One of the parts I have coveted for years is John Adams in the great American musical, 1776, and after numerous auditions for various productions, I have the chance to play the role this summer! To capture and share the process of preparing this role, which I will be performing at Cape Playhouse in July, I have created this video blog!

There will be lots of historical research field trips, behind the scenes views of rehearsal and production and more, leading up to our opening on July 7! In this week's post, I get to introduce myself and this project to you, and offer a little crash course on this Tony winning musical. Join me for the adventure- you can expect lots of giddy enthusiasm, amateur videography, and theatrical fun!

Check out the video below!

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Guest Blogger: James Beaman JAMES BEAMAN has played roles in nearly every stage genre, and is also an award winning cabaret artiste. He starred as Sir Robin in the First National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot,” performing nearly 700 performances alongside stars such as Richard Chamberlain, Gary Beach and John O’Hurley. An avid blogger, James blogged his entire adventure on the Spamalot tour. He has created roles in two new musicals, The Road To Qatar! (Off-Broadway, Original Cast Album) and Frog Kiss. Recent credits include Max in The Sound of Music (North Shore Music Theatre, IRNE Award nomination) and Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Flat Rock Playhouse). James has also performed with Goodspeed Musicals, The Kennedy Center, Ogunquit Playhouse, Stages St. Louis, and numerous Shakespeare Festivals. His cabaret acts have been awarded the MAC and Bistro Awards. James is also a coach for performers in New York City. This summer, he will play the iconic leading role of John Adams in 1776 at Cape Playhouse, opposite Tony nominee Christiane Noll. He then goes to Orlando Shakespeare Theatre to play Thénardier in Les Misérables. James received his training at The Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting, and at Boston University School for the Arts. Visit him at