The Civil War is a musical with music by Frank Wildhorn, a book by Frank Wildhorn and Gregory Boyd, and music by Jack Murphy. When it premiered on Broadway in 1999, it made Frank Wildhorn the first composer in 22 years to have 3 shows running on Broadway at the same time. For a short period of time, The Civil War was running at the same time as Jekyll and Hyde and The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Development and Production Edit
The show's concept album, The Civil War: The Complete Work, was produced in 1996 and featured primarily Linda Eder. Alongside the main vocalists was a chorus referred to as the "Broadway All-Stars", which included Chuck Wagner, Dave Clemmons, Rob Evan, Philip Hoffman, and Michael Lanning. It was later commercially released on January 5th, 1999.
A world premiere production opened at the Alley Theatre in Houston. The show opened September 16, 1998. This production was directed by Gregory Boyd and starred Linda Eder, Gene Miller, Michael Lanning, Keith Byron Kirk, Michel Bell, Cheryl Freeman, Matt Bogart, Capathia Jenkins, Gilles Chiasson, and Irene Malloy. The production closed November 1st.
Shortly after the world premiere, a Highlight Album called The Civil War: The Nashville Sessions was released on November 3rd. It featured some cast members from the world premiere and some new performers.
In early 1999, and Pre-Broadway tryout production opened in New Haven, Connecticut at the Shubert Theatre. It featured an almost identical cast to the world premiere production with the notable exception of Linda Eder, who could no longer continue due to her pregnancy. The production ran from February 16th to March 7th.
On April 22nd, The Civil War opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, with preview beginning on March 23rd. Originally to run a limited engagement of 13 weeks, the show closed early on June 13th.
On January 18th, 2000, a US tour began. The cast consisted of BeBe Winans, Michael Lanning, Keith Byron Kirk, Mike Eldred, Amy Rutberg, and alternating as the Confederate Captain, John Schneider and Larry Gatlin. The first leg of the show ended on June 25th, 2000. The second and final leg of the tour began on February 7th, 2001 and ran until July 1st of the same year. The cast included Larry Gatlin, Michael Lanning, Keith Byron Kirk, Moses Braxton and Nicolette Hart. Following the US tour, licencing rights to produce the show were released to the public.
Later Productions Edit
In 2006, a new adaptation of The Civil War called For the Glory: The Civil War Musical opened at the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The cast included Michael Lanning, Rob Evan, Dave Cooney, Keith Byron Kirsch, Erin Mosher, Anne Brummel, Bart Shatto, Steve Barcus, Dustin Brayley, Joshua Breckenridge, Allyson Daniel, Philip Drennen, Ryan Dunn, Brian Guffey, Aaron LaVigne, Bryonha Marie, Michael McKinsley, Tracee Perrin, Troy Scarborough, and Tad Wilson. It ran from June 17th to September 3rd.
In 2009, the original show was produced at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.. The cast included Sarah Darling, Elliot Dash, Eleasha Gamble, Darryl Reuben Hall, Sean Jenness, Matthew John Kacergis, Kellee Knighten, Michael Lanning, Kingsley Leggs, Michael "Tuba" McKinsey, Aaron Reeder, Bart Shatto, Timothy Shew, Chris Sizemore, Stephen Gregory Smith, Bligh Voth, and Michael Goodwin. It ran from April 1st to May 23rd.
In 2010, another production of For the Glory opened at The Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina and starred Michael Lanning and Mike Eldred. It opened June 5th and closed July 4th.