Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature
by Michael O'Flaherty, Jack Kyrieleison, Ron Holgate
Full Length Musical, Drama / 4m, 2f
"Reunion should be seen across the country." -The New York Times
"CRITIC'S PICK! Charming... heartwarming... brought to vivid life. Reunion underlines the common futility of all wars and the mess we're still dealing…
Reviews"Reunion should be seen across the country." -The New York Times.
"CRITIC'S PICK! Charming... heartwarming... brought to vivid life. Reunion underlines the common futility of all wars and the mess we're still dealing with from this particular one. You'll learn something without feeling lectured to." -Backstage.
"A haunting glimpse into history. Reunion resonates at Ford's." -Washington Post.
"Riveting. The 135 years since President Lincoln's assassination seem to melt away." -Washington Times.
"Moving... clever... heartbreaking. Plumbs the emotional depths of those wrenchingly turbulent times." -Newsday.
"Unlike so many mindless Broadway historical pageants, Reunion's words come from the actual speeches, quotations, military orders, letters and tear-stained diaries of the figures being portrayed. And it's woven into a powerful whole that leaves no one dry-eyed. This musical deserves to travel the country the rest of this nation's days." -Chicago Tribune.
"Run to see Reunion." -Show Business.
"Stunning. Even non-Civil War buffs are sure to be captivated. This mighty little production seems twice its size." -Stage Directions Magazine.
"A marvelous combination of history and music, drama and humor. True to the history, with wonderful use of original songs to carry the audience through this extraordinary time." -Jeff Shaara, bestselling author of Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure.
"Perhaps the best show ever to grace the stage of Ford's Theatre." -WGMS Radio.
- Strong Language
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: American Civil War Era, 19th Century
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The stage of a theatre in 1890. Careful area lighting and a unit set with a rear surface for "magic lantern" projections are are all that is required. A second level upstage is useful, as are a practical door and window built into a stock period flat and
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Folk, Operetta
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
Mr. Hannibal Drumwright: Middle-aged, African-American, bass-baritone. Company stage manager, plays a fugitive slave/Union soldier, abolitionist, others.
Mrs. Cassandra Drumwright: Middle-aged, African-American, mezzo. Company wardrobe mistress, plays Underground Railroad guide, Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker, others.
Miss Cordelia Hopewell: 20s, white, soprano. Company ingenue, plays volunteer nurse, girl left behind, music hall singer, others.
Mr. Augustin Lovecraft: Mid-20s to early 30s,, white, high baritone. Sophisticated company light comedian, plays Lincoln's secretary, music hall comedian, others.
Mr. Tom Trudgett: Late teens to early 20s, white, tenor.
Company juvenile, plays Union recruit, music hall comedian, others.
- Ensemble cast
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Local Celebrity Cameo
- Multicultural casting
- Room for Extras
Reunion was written to be performed by a multi-talented cast of 6 using extensive doubling. It has also been performed by large groups using as many as 28 actors by using the alternate opening and breakdown provided in the script.
Music Material Rental Packages
Guitar & Banjo
7 piano/vocal scores
2 Piano Conductor Scores
The show can also be produced using keyboard only from the piano/vocal score.