Honestly Abe: Debut of New Musical About the Young Lincoln
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Set in Indiana in the late 1820s, and based on historical fact, Honestly Abe presents the young Abe Lincoln as a lanky, prankster boy who loves to read and who can tell a yarn with the best of them. Close to both his mother and sister, while never quite seeing eye-to-eye with his father, Abe dreams of the day he can quit the family farm, leave his life of “rail-splitting” in the past and become a riverboat pilot. But family tragedies, a desire for revenge and the advice of a close friend will cause him to change his plans, setting him on the path toward the law and politics, but not before leaving someone very special behind.
The cast includes Jeff Kline, Brady Cudmore, Jonathan Nadolny, Trevor Crane, Gabriella Mack, Natalie Pawelek, Eva Amesse, Tiffany Springle, Vicki Oceguera, Jonathan B Lerner, Torrey Wigfield, Michael Hornig, Jeremiah Stanfield, Janet Rhodes, Kimberly Larkin, Mary Linehan, Ryan A Turner, Jessica Kent, Mary Lauren and John Russo.
Mike Strozier: Director/Producer
Robert L. Hecker: Author
Charles Casano: Production Stage Manager
Cheryl Krugel-Lee: Orchestrator/Arranger
Ashley Wren Collins: Choreographer
Alan Baxter and Angelko Mar: Production Assistants
Robert L. Hecker enlisted in the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor. He completed thirty missions as a lead bombardier on B-17s and was awarded six Air Medals, four battle stars, a Unit Citation and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Shortly after the war ended, he began a free-lance writing career for radio and television. Hecker is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse and the Westlake College of Music and a member of the WGA, the Dramatists Guild, and the Alliance of LA Playwrights.
The show’s running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.