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The Civil War (Musical)

Article Summary   by:bemael     Original Author: by site
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The Civil War is a musical written by Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn, with lyrics by Jack Murphy and music by Wildhorn. The musical centers on the American Civil War, with the musical numbers portraying the war through Union, Confederate, and slave viewpoints.
The musical opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on April 22, 1999. Directed by Jerry Zaks with musical staging by Luis Perez the cast featured Beth Leavel as Mabel/Mrs. Bixby, Matt Bogart as Private Sam Taylor, and Leo Burmester as Autolycus Fell.
Although panned by critics including The New York Times, who found it "generic...without plot and essentially without character", it was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as one for Best Original Score. It closed on June 13, 1999, running for 61 performances.
It is scheduled to be one of the productions to be produced at the newly-renovated Ford's Theatre (Washington, DC) in March 2009.
Published: November 28, 2008   
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