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Ford's Theatre
at E Street NW 511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC 20004
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 24 members
Review from Mary Mattis McLean
Red Velvet 26 events 4 reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this program. Several of the songs were very moving and spoke to all human experience, not just that of participants in the Civil War.

reviewed May 23 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from allanjaye
Red Velvet 104 events 3 reviews

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

reviewed May 03 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
22 events 16 reviews

While this was every different than I expected I found the music and stage very effective and enjoyable. The music and singing where terrific...

reviewed Apr 19 2009 report as inappropriate
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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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