Saturday, December 12, 2009

'A Civil War Christmas' musical uplifting

Civil War songs, carols and spirituals fill the stage in a musical that is running in Palo Alto, Calif. Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln and other historical figures rub shoulders with lesser-known and fictional folk. Paula Vogel's "Civil War" takes place on Christmas Eve in 1864, when hope was returning. President Lincoln had been re-elected. Ulysses S. Grant was winning the war and Gen. Sherman had just taken Savannah. It would also be Lincoln's last Christmas. John Wilkes Booth and his confederates were plotting elsewhere in the city. • Review

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