The Civil War

Music by: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by: Jack Murphy
Book by: Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy
and Gregory Boyd

The Civil War


In 1998, the Tony Award® winning Alley Theatre under the Artistic Direction of Gregory Boyd, produced The Civil War, a unique American musical that brought an essential humanity to America’s single most defining conflict.

The musical never tried to be a history lesson. Instead, it focused on the effect of the war on the hearts and minds of Americans from virtually every walk of life, from President to slave. The Civil War became one of the most successful shows in the history of the Alley Theatre and went on to Broadway at the famed St. James Theatre in 1999, a successful national tour, and a recent commercial revival in Gettysburg, PA under the new title, For The Glory.



The show was always first and foremost about the music. The score, which deftly weaves elements of popular music, country, gospel, rock and folk music into an emotional web of powerful storytelling received a Tony Nomination for “Best Score” and spawned a two disc Atlantic Recording featuring Trisha Yearwood, Patti LaBelle, Amy Grant, Travis Tritt, Hottie and the Blowfish, Linda Eder, Maya Angelou, Danny Glover, and many others.

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