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STAGE TUBE: Go Inside Rehearsal for Frank Wildhorn's FREEDOM'S SONG at Ford's Theatre!

The Ford's Theatre Society 2014-2015 season continues with the musical Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, directed by Jeff Calhoun, March 13 through May 20, 2015, at the historic Ford's Theatre (511 Tenth Street NW, Washington, D.C.). A new adaptation of the Broadway musical The Civil War, Freedom's Song features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War. The production is part of Ford's 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination, a series of events marking the 150 years since Abraham Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre.

Below go inside rehearsal with Kevin McAllister and Gregory Maheu as they perform "Father, How Long" and "Northbound Train."

With rousing music, historic costumes and the words of Lincoln, Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War evokes the soaring hopes and tragic losses of the real people of Civil War America. Through a series of highly theatrical vignettes, we see ordinary 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.

"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," said composer Frank Wildhorn.



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