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Abe - Full Length Musical, Drama

Abe

Roger Anderson, Lee Goldsmith

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Full Length Musical, Drama

16m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573696442

Book and Lyrics by Lee Goldsmith
Music by Roger Anderson
"The founding fathers got their own musical with 1776, so why not Abe?" - Playbill.com

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play - The play is written for a simple, open and easily re-configured scenic design that allows for speedy transitions from scene to scene. The musical is also suited for concert staging.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage

Abe is a new musical about the early life of Abraham Lincoln. The show explores his youth as a flatboat pilot on the Mississippi, his early love for Ann Rutledge, his troubled marriage to the difficult and mentally fragile Mary Todd, and his attempt to be a good father to his sons. The story follows Abe from his earliest attempts at self-improvement through the 1860 election which made him the 16th president of an already fracturing United States.

The score is fully orchestrated and uses bold, melodic and traditional musical theatre styles that embrace the story's period and Americana roots. It can be produced fully staged or as a concert performance. The musical features a large cast and requires strong singers: baritone, soprano, mezzo-soprano, 3 adult male singing roles, 3 male children singing roles, male/female chorus with many speaking roles.

"The founding fathers got their own musical with 1776, so why not Abe?" - Playbill.com
Abe was first presented on February 20, 2009 at The Oakley-Lindsay Civic Center in Quincy, Illinois by The Muddy RiverOpera Company.
Characters

CASTING

16m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

ABE LINCOLN
MENTOR GRAHAM - New Salem schoolteacher.
JIM RUTLEDGE - New Salem tavern owner.
ANN RUTLEDGE - Jim Rutledge's daughter.
DENTON OFFUTT - New Salem storekeeper.
JACK ARMSTRONG - one of the Clary’s Grove Boys
ANOTHER CLARY’S GROVE BOY
MRS. CAMERON - New Salem townswoman.
1ST CAMERON DAUGHTER
2ND CAMERON DAUGHTER
MARY TODD - a visitor in Springfield.
ELIZABETH EDWARDS - Mary Todd's sister.
NINIAN EDWARDS - Elizabeth’s husband, a Springfield politician.
1ST MALE GUEST
2ND MALE GUEST
BILLY HERNDON - a young lawyer.
1ST LADY GUEST
2ND LADY GUEST
MARY’S DANCING PARTNER
A SPRINGFIELD CITIZEN
HIS WIFE
ROBERT LINCOLN - Abe and Mary’s son.
WILLIE LINCOLN - Abe and Mary’s son.
TAD LINCOLN - Abe and Mary’s son.
MR. BROOKS - a New York reporter.
MR. BRIGGS - a New York politician.
MATHEW BRADY - a photographer.
JASON ROGERS - a young man.
1ST ILLINOIS DELEGATE
2ND ILLINOIS DELEGATE
TIM CARTER - delegate from Ohio.
A TELEGRAPH OPERATOR

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Vocal Scores
25 Libretto/Vocal Chorus Books
Flute/Piccolo
Oboe/English Horn
Clarinet in Bb/Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Horn in F
Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Trombone/Tuba
Percussion
Guitar (Steel/Nylon/Banjo/Mandolin)
Piano/Celesta
Violin 1 (3 players)
Violin 2 (2 players)
Viola (2 players)
Cello (2 players)
Bass

Song Samples

Fifteen Houses

Hardin County, Kentucky

A Girl Like Her

Corn

Who Are You?

A Man Like Him

Mrs. Abraham Lincoln

What Am I Bid?

Someone

Daughters

Moment

Who, Abe? You, Abe!

A House Divided Theme

Author(s)

Roger Anderson

Born and raised in Louisiana, Roger was encouraged as a pianist, songwriter and singer from an early age. His mother was a pioneering and flamboyant minister and piano player, his two brothers were R&B recording artists and country & gospel music was an integral part of his childhood. But drawn more to Hindemith and Bartók, at 16 he left his roots behind to study violin and viola at the University ... view full profile

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