Civil War musical performed through Aug. 23 in Bardstown

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By The Staff

Stephen Foster Productions in Bardstown is set to stage the Broadway musical "The Civil War" through Aug. 23.

The musical, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1999, is based on the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Walt Whitman and other historical figures, with notes and letters of actual soldiers of the North and South. The poetic words and statements are infused with gospel, folk, country and Broadway style music to bring a tribute to America's past to life on stage.

The show is produced with the help of several Kentucky agencies and is being presented as part of the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration. The Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, The Kentucky Historical Society, The Kentucky Arts Council and The Kentucky Humanities Council have all contributed to the production.

The show is directed by Makaela Pollock, a young director who graduated in May from Brown University in Providence, R.I. Pollock has had experience in outdoor theater and "loves the scale of outside storytelling."

She says of the production, "This musical uses the poetic words of the past with modern musical influences to tell an emotional history lesson. The piece tells the story of the war from each angle, from each person's perspective.

"History is alive in all of us ... in the stories we tell."

This high energy and highly emotional musical proves that the past is relevant and important today.

"The Civil War," a Frank Wildhorn musical with words and lyrics by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd, features the Bardstown cast of "Stephen Foster - The Musical." This group, known for their brilliant singing and large scale storytelling, bring The Civil War to life on stage with powerful singing and heartfelt drama that fills the great outdoors of My Old Kentucky Home with an amazing tribute to Lincoln and America's history.

According to communications director Johnny Warren, "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to contribute to the statewide celebration of Lincoln. We produce musicals and we're fortunate to have found this groundbreaking Broadway show that fits perfectly with the Lincoln Bicentennial. Our cast is truly amazing. They move from the powerful words of historic figures, straight into musical numbers - some toe tapping and upbeat and others tragic and beautiful - that truly represent the life and time of the Civil War. You won't want to miss this production."

Tickets are available by calling (800) 626-1563 or visiting www.stephenfoster.com.