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Photo Flash: Broadway Goes To The White House For Civil War Gala

On Sunday June 1st 2008, Broadway stars headed to the White House in Washington, DC for a special Civil War Gala where they performed songs from the musical "The Civil War" at the National Theater.

Actor Hal Holbrook, Trisha Yearwood, Clay Aiken,Michael Lanning, Gene Miller, Brandi Burkhardt, Cheryl Freeman,Lauren Kennedy, Capathia Jenkins, Ray McLeod, and Maya Angelou were some of the main performers and artists present. The musical was directed by Jeremy Roberts, the orchestra was conducted by Kim Scharnberg, and the gospel choir was conducted by Dave ClemmonsJeff Calhoun directed the performance.

Some highlights included Rob Evan singing a duet with Trisha Yearwood on "If I Should Lose My Way", Clay Aiken singing "Sarah", Brandi Burkhardt doing "I Never Knew His Name", the company (led by Michael Lanning & Gene Miller) doing "The Glory", BeBe Winans on River Jordan, Cheryl Freeman on "Someday", and Lauren Kennedy & Capathia Jenkins doing a duet of "Candle In The Window".

The musical made its premiere in Houston in 1988 before moving to Broadway. It follows the war from different perspectives. The spoken word selections invoked Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Lincoln among others. The show had its music written by Frank Wildhorn; lyrics by Jack Murphy and book by Frank Wildhorn and Gregory Boyd.

George and Laura Bush were present for the concert and after wards stated, "Laura and I have been coming here now for eight years to the Ford Theatre gala and this is by far the best. It's such an uplifting performance and a reminder of what a great president Abraham Lincoln was."

Rehearsal Photos


Rob Evan


Brandi Burkhardt


Michael Lanning


Rob Evan and Trisha Yearwood


Rob Evan and Trisha Yearwood


Hal Holbrook,Avery Brooks, Brandi Burkhardt and Lauren Kennedy


Hal Holbrook



Rob Evan


Capathia Jenkins and Lauren Kennedy


Danny Zolli


Frank Wildhorn and Dr. Maya Angelou



Danny Zolli, Ray McLeod and Michael Lanning

Rehearsal Photos by Mark Ramont


Performance Photos


Avery Brooks


Avery Brooks


Clay Aiken


Clay Aiken


Dr. Maya Angelou


Dr. Maya Angelou


Hal Holbrook


Hal Holbrook


Trisha Yearwood


Rob Evan and Trisha Yearwood


Trisha Yearwood


Trisha Yearwood



Brandi Burkhardt


Capathia Jenkins and Lauren Kennedy



Laura Bush


George W. Bush


The full ensemble

Performance Photos Courtesy of Reflections Photography






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