by Roger Anderson, Lee Goldsmith
Full Length Musical, Drama / 16m, 9f
"The founding fathers got their own musical with 1776, so why not Abe?" - Playbill.com
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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.
Reviews"The founding fathers got their own musical with 1776, so why not Abe?" - Playbill.com
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- Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: 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.
- Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Large
- Chorus Size: Medium
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
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
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Room for Extras
Music Material Rental Packages
25 Libretto/Vocal Chorus Books
Clarinet in Bb/Bass Clarinet
Horn in F
Violin 1 (3 players)
Violin 2 (2 players)
Viola (2 players)
Cello (2 players)