The Civil War
This show is not really a typical revue – there isn’t really a structured plot but a series of songs which tell the story of the war through Union, Confederate, and slave viewpoints. Critics for the most part didn’t like it, but that seems more for the unstructured nature, not the music, which ranges from country to rock to folk to gospel. Some of the numbers make you want to dance, while others tug at your heartstrings.
The original recording features James Garner as President Lincoln, Danny Glover as Frederick Douglas, with Charlie Daniels, Hootie and the Blowfish, Travis Tritt, Michael Bell, Maya Angelou, Dr. John and lots others.
Music Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics Jack Murphy
Book Gregory Boyd, Frank Wildhorn