New York City
July 10 & 11th
Somebody's Darling CD
Release Party Great Success!
On a pleasant early spring Saturday afternoon over 140 friends and supporters, some in period dress, showed up at the CD release party at McGeary's Restaurant on March 27th. After the introduction of the balladeers, acknowledgement of the CD's letter readers, and distribution of special edition song books, a short concert of selections from the CD was performed. The event concluded with a CD signing, refreshments and an informal acoustic jam session by several area musicians. By all accounts everyone enjoyed the songs and images of this unique Civil War experience. We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each of our friends, family members, musicians and supporters for making this a very successful day.
Friends in period dress: l-r,back row, Bill, Cindy & Barbara Lonecke;Sharon Quinn; Marissa, Sharyn & Curt Pratt; seated, Jason Lonecke and his brother.
Balladeers to Perform at
5TH Annual Gettysburg
Civil War Band Muster
The Cyclorama stage is set for the 5th Annual Gettysburg Music Muster on Saturday, September 4,1999. The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers will perform on the Cyclorama stage and at the Pennsylvania Monument. Check our website for the exact performance times. Together with the balladeers, this year's performance line-up is crowded with talent. The other groups include; David Kincaid [the Irish Volunteer], Strings of Credere, Camp Chase Fifes & Drums, Wildcat Regiment Band, Saxton's Coronet Band and Jeannette L. Painter & J.Delbert Van Reeth. A new addition to this year's muster is Victorian Dancing. Our CD Somebody's Darling will be carried at the Park Bookstore. Hope to see you there to enjoy the last summer fling! For further information contact the Gettysburg National Military Park at 717-334-1124. For visitors information check out the following website: www.gettysburg.com.
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Caffe Lena to Host Memorial
Day Weekend Concert
The Balladeers will be returning to the Caffe on Sunday evening May 30th at 7 p.m. for a repeat performance of "Tenting Tonight" Songs, Letters & Images of the Civil War. For those who attended last year's concert, the Memorial Day performance promises to be even more special. In additon to John Quinn, Mike Yates and John Perreault, the group has been joined by Jim Broden [fiddle] and Kathleen Ross [piano]. New material has been added by popular request. The program will appeal to ages from 10-70. The Caffe Lena news characterized last year's event a musical feast. The review concluded; "The audience was riveted and fully involved in the production". For information call 583-0022.
REUNION Extends NYC Premier
to May 17,1999
Of all the events in American History, perhaps none was reflected in song with such innocent vigor as the Civil War. The AMAS Musical Theatre company has produced a moving and spellbinding musical epic. The two hour REUNION production was written and conceived by Jack Kyrieleison and directed by Ron Holgate. In development for the past five years, REUNION was originally staged in 1996 at the Goodspeed Opera House as The Battle Cry of Freedom. The producer is to be commended for presenting a treasure trove of great popular and traditional music about the war. Songs featured in REUNION include Battle Cry of Freedom, Hard Times Come Again No More, John Brown's Body, Weeping Sad and Lonely, Somebody's Darling and Marching Through Georgia to name a few. The dialogue is adapted from the words of Abraham Lincoln, Louisa May Alcott, General George McClellan, Frederick Douglas, Walt Whitman, General Ulysses S. Grant, and the letters and diaries, books and memoirs of dozens of other men and women of the period. If you love the art of
storytelling and the stage, supported by the "magic lantern" slides of the haunting images taken by Brady, Gardner and other pioneering photographers, you'll love REUNION and be glued to your seat. The set designer has recreated what a Victorian-era popular music hall might have been like. The rousing musical score encompasses military marches, Negro spirituals, hymns, vaudeville tunes and folk music. The set, musical orchestrations and lighting adds to the actor's singing, period impressions and their portrayals of the virtues and excesses of the rip-roaring 19th century stagecraft. The theatre is very intimate with a capacity for about 100 audience members. Tickets are a steal at only $35 for adults & students $30. The Theatre Row Theatre is located at 424 West 42nd Street in the heart of off-off broadway between 9th & 10th Avenues.
For tickets call 212-279-4200. More material about REUNION, including music clips, is available at the show's website, at www.civilwarmusical.com.
Harriet D. Foy [Cassie Drumwright] and Michael A. Shepperd [Hannibal Drumwright] portray, among other characters, freed slaves during the Civil War. Ms. Foy's rendition of Somebody's Darling is a show highlight.