Civil War musical a fine fit at Ford's

March 12, 2000|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Suddenly the Civil War has become hot musical subject matter. In addition to the Frank Wildhorn musical, "The Civil War," which played the Mechanic Theatre last month, there's "Reunion, A Musical Epic in Miniature," which opens Tuesday at Ford's Theatre in Washington.

In this case, the venue is a perfect fit. Written by Jack Kyrieleison, of Kensington, Md., the show focuses on a vaudeville troupe headed by Harry Hawk, who was the sole actor on stage at Ford's at the moment Abraham Lincoln was shot. The play-within-a-play uses period music and historical texts to tell the story of the Union's struggle.

Half of the six cast members have local connections. James Stovall, whose credits include the Broadway production of "Ragtime," is a Baltimore native. Ric Ryder, who starred in "Blood Brothers" on Broadway, grew up in Ellicott City. And Harriet D. Foy has appeared in several productions at Center Stage. All three are veterans of past Ford's productions.

"Reunion," currently in previews, continues through June 18 at Ford's, 511 Tenth St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $27-$43. For more information call 202-347-4833.

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