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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews

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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#1
Posted: 3/25/15 at 12:54pm
Frank Wildhorn and Jeff Calhoun revised "The Civil War" as "Freedom's Song" for the Ford's Theatre 150th anniversary commemorating Abe Lincoln's death. The musical opened last week and runs through May 20.

Given that "The Civil War" played Ford's Theatre in 2009 with direction by Calhoun, it seems they actually worked on making a lot of changes from structure to plot to design from the generally concert-presentation as seen in the past. The DC critics seem far more pleased with it than back in 2009 with many noting that they went in expecting a grossly commercial (it's Cherry Blossom-tourist season now) and understated work, but that's not the case.


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How dare they dare give out anything other than a pan to a Wildhorn show.
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Because all critics have it in for Wildhorn, Roxy hath decreed and so it must ever be.
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#4
Posted: 3/25/15 at 10:32pm
I've always said THE CIVIL WAR was Wildhorn's best Broadway Show, so far.
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#5
Posted: 3/25/15 at 10:34pm
Might have to agree with you there.
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#6
Posted: 3/25/15 at 10:47pm
It's probably the best concept album ever produced for "Broadway" bound at the start. 60 musicians, voices from pop / country / Broadway / blues, and completely in its entirety. Unfortunately, I found the show on Broadway to be dull, which is hard given the music.

The show in Washington now is much better. The song list is pretty different and at about 95 minutes, its highly enjoyable.

I always remember thinking they are using the "wrong songs" to promote the show (ie Rosie / Regis & Kathy) until the Tony Awards. Incredible voices and energy from the cast.





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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#7
Posted: 3/25/15 at 10:49pm
I still have the CD. At least,we have some recording of the score.
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Intrigued. I've never heard this as it doesn't seem to be on sale on line, and the CD is £128 in UK, I just looked on Amazon.
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#9
Posted: 3/26/15 at 12:37pm
The double disc album is unfortunately out of print now (when AOL and Time Warner merged back in 2000); the "Nashville Sessions" (aka the highlights though different takes) was still in print maybe 5-7 years ago, but I'm actually not sure on the status of that either.
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#10
Posted: 3/26/15 at 7:11pm
Interesting that there's a re-invention of this project. Always thought it was a good piece that just got lost in whatever else was happenning on Broadway back in the day. That and the fact that some people loved to bash Frank. The last version I covered at
a smaller professional venue in NJ. was really impressive. In fact people who saw this on Broadway were equally impressed. It's one of his better works, imo.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/new-jersey/article/BWW-Reviews-Eagle-Theatres-THE-CIVIL-WAR-is-Glorious-20140925
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#11
Posted: 3/29/15 at 12:55pm
You can read the DC reviews in 'Other Reviews' on DCMetroTheaterArts.





ALl the Freedom's Song reviews on DCMTA
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#12
Posted: 3/29/15 at 1:00pm
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I saw the Broadway version. It was very good. Unfortunately since it was Wildhorn, it was D.O.A as far as the critics were concerned.
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Frank Wildhorn's Freedom's Song DC reviews#13
Posted: 3/29/15 at 9:54pm
I always enjoyed the score. Some of the most beautiful.
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