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THE CIVIL WAR

a Musical
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Frank Wildhorn

COMPANY : Neighborhood Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Neighborhood Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 786

SHOWING : September 11, 2003 - October 05, 2003

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

based on letters and dairies from the Civil War, this musical shows the torment of a nation divided. brother against brother.


CAST & CREW LIST
Featured Ensemble Kristine Lynch
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Scarlet Pimpernel Lite
by Okely Dokely
Monday, October 6, 2003
3.0
I had heard lukewarm things at best about this production. I went to it with an open mind, and it didn't blow me away, but it wasn't nearly as disastrous as what I've heard through the grapevine. Frank Wildhorn's (The Scarlet Pimpernel) music is pretty good, but doesn't quite have the punch that "Scarlet" has.

I bet this show could be awesome if it was done at a regional theatre (like the Fox or the Alliance) with a more professional and experienced cast. I found, from reading the bios in the playbill, that this was the first show for many of the cast members. When they're all singing together, they sound heavenly - that is the big enigma of this show. The whole is vastly greater than the sum of its parts. Several individual voices were weak; there were at least two people with major pitch problems and one person with a wide, choppy, machine gun like vibrato which grated at my nerves, but when they did their group numbers, they suddenly became the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The highlight numbers for me were Judgement Day and Northbound Train.

I have enjoyed Sonny Goff's work in the past, but I found myself bored from the uninteresting staging. People just stood there, and right before the group numbers, they'd come out and systematically get into these trademark musical theatre We-Are-About-To-Sing formations.

There were two people sitting next to me that got up during intermission and did not return for the second act, but for those who toughed it out for the whole thing got a pretty decent show with a few touching moments and maybe about a handful of really great numbers. I bet their opening night performance (September 11) was quite emotional. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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