Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
By Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Adapted by Richard Hellesen and Mark Ramont
Directed by Jeff Calhoun
March 13-May 20, 2015

“Rousing and spirited!” -Broadway World
“Exuberant!” -Woman Around Town
“Visually stunning!” -Theatre Bloom
“A triumph!”DC Metro Theater Arts
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This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War. With rousing music, stirring speeches and rich, historic costumes, Freedom’s Song evokes the soaring hopes and tragic losses of the real people of Civil War America. Through a series of highly theatrical vignettes, we see everyday Americans courageously confront the gritty realities of a tattered nation and a war that pitted brother against brother. Lincoln’s inspirational words intermix with these stories, imagining a bloody nation once again unified and the return of a truly United States. Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies) returns to direct this lively historical opus.

Ford’s Theatre is developing this work as part of Ford’s 150, a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.

Praise for Frank Wildhorn’s The Civil War:
“Timeless in its pursuit of universal truths ... hauntingly effective.”
-Weekly Variety

“The Civil War era was the first time that so many Americans traveled more than a few miles from their homes, and they brought their music with them. Spirituals and bluegrass from the mountains met with more European influences in the North—giving birth to a uniquely American musical vocabulary. That vocabulary and the unique experiences of the men and women from the period, both great and small, are woven into Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
-Frank Wildhorn, Composer

Recommended for ages 10 and older. Descriptions of slavery and war. Performance is 90 minutes with no intermission.

Please note: The March 18 performance is a private performance.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Freedom’s Song Meet and Mingle

Following the 7:30 p.m. performance of Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, talk theatre with fellow audience members as well as members of the cast, who will be on hand to discuss the production. This free event takes place at the restaurant Bistro D’Oc, located just across the street from Ford’s Theatre. A cash bar will be available.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Faith Night
Following the 7:30 p.m. performance of Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, John Horman (Director of Music at First Congregational United Church of Christ) will lead a post-show discussion about the role of faith in Civil War music and the lyrics of Freedom’s Song. Ticket discounts are available through the Group Sales office at (202) 638-2367 or groups@fords.org.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Under 35 Night at Freedom's Song

Use the Under 35 discount to purchase a Freedom’s Song ticket for Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. and after the performance, Ford’s invites you to stay late for a complimentary glass of beer courtesy of Atlas Brew Works. Hang out with like-minded young arts fans, meet new people and see the theatre in a brand new light.  Under 35 Night Media Partner: On Tap Magazine.


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