QUOTES & REVIEWS

"Spectacular, uplifting music in the grand style of a Rodgers & Hammerstein or Lerner & Loewe Musical." -  Chris Daniels - The Show Report

"A unique and amazing production. One of the boldest portrayals of Lincoln and his legacy" -  Michael Kenney - Nashville Universe

"[I'm glad you were] spared from having to hear my maybe-in-tune humming of "Over Yonder" on the way out - Although as someone who did hear me said, when the audience goes out humming the music, it's a pretty good sign...The audience was with it all the way, not least because the performances were just terrific (And Michael Halling looks born to play that role...) Still good performers need good material and I very much enjoyed the range of your song writing skill from romantic to comic to flat out inspirational."

- Richard Hellesen - Ford's Theater, Washington D.C.

"Terrific new musical about Lincoln"- Mark Ramont - Head of Theatrical Production, Ford's Theater

" A beautiful score. Great, great cast and ensemble...Lincoln and Mary are such complex characters, I applaud you for the sensitivity that was apparent. I like your musical score very much. Great songs. - Phil Funkenbusch - Director of Theater Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield Illinois

        The "Lincolns of Springfield" score is rich with wonderful melodies and memorable songs. It is a show that can be can enjoyed by the entire family with touching expressions of familial love, rich with great Lincoln-esque humor, and a mesmerizing rendition of American history of as profound importance today as it was at the time of the Civil War.  - Santa Clarita Magazine

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The Lincolns of Springfield, An Emancipation Gala Celebration - The Langham Huntington Hotel

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

 

“The Lincolns of Springfield – An Emancipation Celebration,” a Premiere Theatrical Productions Gala Fundraising event presented this past Sunday evening in the Viennese Ballroom at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, featured an array of Broadway stars, including Michael Halling (“My Fair Lady,” “The Scarlett Pimpernil”), Michal Dawson Conners (“Ragtime,” “Porgy and Bess”), as well as the amazing gospel choir RAISE, directed by Chris Wade. The concert supported three anti-human trafficking organizations: Thorn, Operation Underground Railroad, and Zoe International.

“The Lincolns of Springfield – An Emancipation Celebration” began with a beautiful dinner prepared by the world renowned chefs of the Langham Huntington Hotel, followed by a sumptuous concert version of "The Lincolns of Springfield" with spectacular, uplifting music in the grand style of a Rodgers and Hammerstein or Lerner and Loewe musical. The full orchestrated score used bold, melodic and gospel music theatre styles that embrace the story's period and Americana roots.

The concert featured a cast of seven seasoned performers and presented the amazing voices of Rosemary Blankson, a graduate of Berklee College of Music with Honors, who has appeared in “Seussical,” “Once On This Island,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and Brook Dupont, who also has a strong musical theatre background and has added two national commercials to her credit. Kevin Michael Moran also starred and has performed in film and television as well.

 

Deborah Robin, also a featured singer, is a theatre veteran and LAMDA graduate and has guest starred in numerous TV productions and most recently appeared on the stage in Glendale as “Mary Poppins.” And Rebecca Powers, who has headlined major venues throughout the West Coast with her Grammy-winning band, as well as having directed and produced theatre in Southern California, dazzled the crowd with stellar vocals as well.

The RAISE Gospel Choir helped accentuate and bridge the gap between the Lincoln years and the contemporary music world in perfect harmony. The music combined gospel themes indicative of the era with new classical music themes, adding to the performance techniques of the actors.

The RAISE Choir included Sonia Harley, Lauren Kinkade-Wong, David Albulario, Ty London. Unique Griffin, Elizabeth Lucin, Nic Hodges & Michael Howard Dossett, with direction and arrangements by Chris Wade.  

In addition, a four-piece band consisting of Joe Quattrorochi and Herman Jackson on keyboards, Edward Tencredi on percussion and Federico Orlandini on bass exemplified accompaniment perfection at its finest.

Acting as host for the event, Terrence L. Cranert, in addition to providing the book, lyrics and music to “The Lincolns of Springfield,” has co-produced the Broadway production of “A Night With Janis Joplin,” the Broadway revival of Leonard Bernstein’s “On The Town” and the Tony Award winning “The 39 Steps,” and has also composed the musicals “Joan of Arc,” “Pinocchio in Tinsel Town,” and “When The Fat Lady Sings.” A graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. Cranert is also Chief Trial Counsel for Zurich Insurance Company at the offices of Mavredakis & Cranert in Pasadena, CA, and continues to perfect his craft as a member of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop at Dreamworks under the direction of Stephen Schwartz.

 

"The Lincolns of Springfield" chronicles the incredible story of America's greatest President and his much beloved wife. This is the amazing, yet entirely true story of how a southern belle and a backwoods boy fell in love and became America's first power couple.

 

Exposing their dreams, possibilities and heartbreak, and focusing on the little-known early chapters in the life of Abraham Lincoln, and the love of his life, Mary Todd, the musical is based on historical fact in a progressive arc, presenting first the young Abe Lincoln as a lanky, prankster boy, close to his mother and sister, who loves to read and who can tell a yarn with the best of them. The musical then takes you from his first meeting with Mary Todd through the end of the Civil War. But, all the while, even In America's darkest hour - even while overcoming great personal loss and adversity...their love endured. Theirs is a tale of hope…and a tale of tragedy.

 

"The Lincolns of Springfield" is an incredible feat of achievement and presents a fresh portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln and her position as not only Abraham Lincoln’s soul-mate, but his greatest supporter and his most deeply admired advisor. This show brings that story to life accurately with realistic interpretations and simply amazing songs throughout. I anticipate and look forward to further development of this wondrous show and to seeing the full performance on Broadway soon.

 

Chris Daniels

The Show Report

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