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Ford's Theatre
at E Street NW 511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC 20004
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"The Civil War"
24 ratings
4.2 average rating
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1 review
0 stars
attended Apr 19 2009

"What did Malcolm X and Obama have to do with the Civil War" - possibly the dumbest words ever written. Hey genius, I hope those pictures of scarred slaves in the background didn't disturb you too much; after all, trying to actually think about...continued

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3 reviews
21 stars
attended May 03 2009

The production far surpasses the material. The multi-level set and multi-media presentation are very well executed and the musical performances range from excellent to outstanding. Unfortunately, the show itself is tedious, unfocused and...continued

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2 reviews
3 stars
attended Apr 19 2009

It was a bit cheesy. The singing was incredible; but the songs were a bit much. Also, we didn't like how they displayed post-Civil War photos (Obama, etc.) It became a play about the Civil War set in the present. That doesn't make sense. ...continued

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Book and Lyrics by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd, and Jack Murphy

Music by Frank Wildhorn

Directed by Jeff Calhoun

Ford’s Theatre is proud to present The Civil War, a musical tribute that puts a human face on an American tragedy. A landscape of the people, voices and sentiments of the American Civil War, this song-cycle is inspired by the words of Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln as well as the lives (as documented through letters, photographs, and journals) of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Drawing from the American musical genres of rock, country, gospel, folk, and rhythm and blues, The Civil War combines the stories of Union and Confederate soldiers, slaves, abolitionists and veterans. The production is staged in a concert-like setting with a live seven-piece band and vocalists who sing of freedom and patriotism.

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