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…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A ragtag company of traveling players weaves the immortal words and songs of the Civil War into a musical epic of the fight to save the Union, fusing 26 songs from the era with excerpts from personal letters and diaries. REUNION: A Musical Epic in Miniature is a 2-act musical incorporating period songs, stories and images in a unique stage narrative of the American Civil War. Events are filtered through the eyes of a vainglorious Union commander, a devoted but skeptical aide to the president, a young Union private and the girl he leaves behind, a fugitive slave turned Union soldier, an idealistic volunteer nurse, an African-American confidant to Mary Lincoln and many others, all presented by Mr. Harry Hawk, the actor who stood on stage as John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Can be performed by a cast as small as 6 by using the extensive doubling written into the narrative, or as large as desired by using the alternate opening and role assignments provided.
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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.

Keywords

Black issues, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • 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

Music

  • Musical Style: Folk, Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Darling Nelly Gray
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Lincoln And Liberty
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Abraham’s Daughter
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Marching Along
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All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight
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Comrades, Fill No Glass For Me
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We’ll Fight For Uncle Abe
0:00
We Are Coming, Father Abr’am
0:00
Wake Nicodemus
0:00
Pat Murphy Of The Irish Brigade
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Wasn’t That A Wide River
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Battle Cry Of Freedom
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John Brown’s Body
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Somebody’s Darling
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Weeping Sad And Lonely
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Tenting On The Old Camp Ground
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Marching Through Georgia
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Beautiful Dreamer
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Steal Away
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Hard Times Come Again No More
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Casting

4m, 2f
Mr. Harry Hawk: Middle-aged, white, baritone. Company leading man and manager, plays Gen. McClellan, John Wilkes Booth, music hall comedian.

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.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

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.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Trumpet 
Violin 
Guitar & Banjo 
Bass
Percussion
7 piano/vocal scores

2 Piano Conductor Scores

The show can also be produced using keyboard only from the piano/vocal score.

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Authors

Michael O'Flaherty

Michael O'Flaherty

Jack Kyrieleison

Jack Kyrieleison

Ron Holgate

Ron Holgate

World premiere March 1996, Goodspeed Opera House, Norma Terris Theatre. Michael P. Price, Producer. Sue Frost, Associate Producer. Directed by Ron Holgate, Choreography by Karen Azenberg, Musical Direction by Jay Atwood. Set by Peter Harrison, costumes b

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