Jekyll & Hyde and Scarlet Pimpernel composer Frank Wildhorn has scheduled two release dates for the all-star concept album of his new musical The Civil War: Sept. 1 in Houston, where the show begins its pre-Broadway tryout Sept. 16; and Oct. 27 nationally.
Titled The Civil War: An American Musical, the piece has lyrics by Jack Murphy and will draw its material from original civil war documents, Walt Whitman poetry and other correspondence of the time.
Here is a complete list of songs and artists featured on the CD:
"Brother, My Brother" sung by Michael Lanning
"By The Sword/Sons of Dixie" sung by Broadway All-Stars
"Tell My Father" sung by Kevin Sharp
"Missing You My Bill" sung by Deana Carter
"Freedom's Child" sung by Hootie and the Blowfish
"Virginia" sung by Gene Miller
"Oh Be Joyful" sung by Broadway All Stars
"Father, Blow Long?" sung by Michel Bell
"I Never Knew His Name" sung by Linda Eder
"Old Gray Coat" sung by Trace Adkins
"Five Boys" sung by Betty Buckley
"River Jordan" sung by Bebe Winans
"Honor Of Your Name" sung by Tisha Yearwood
"Sarah" sung by Carl Anderson
"I'll Never Pass This Way Again" sung by Tracy Lawrence
"Northbound Train" sung by John Popper and Friends
"Last Waltz For Dixie" sung by John Berry
"The Glory" peformed by Michael Lanning, Gene Miller, Linda Eder, Orchestra, Choir Broadway All-Stars
"How Many Devils" sung by Broadway All Stars
"Greenback" sung by Dr. John
"With These Hands" sung by Bryan White and Amy Grant
"Candle In The Window" sung by Linda Eder
"Regimental Drummer" sung by Michael English
"Judgment Day" sung by Shiloh
"The Day the Sun Stood Still" sung by Travis Tritt
"Someday" sung by Patti LaBelle
Narration: James Garner as Lincoln, Danny Glover as Frederick Douglass, Ellen Burstyn as the Maid, Dr Ýngelou as the Voice of Slavery and Charlie Daniels as the Narrator. Atlantic Records Martha Ashton said there will be two CDs of Civil War. One will be a full score double disk; the other will concentrate on "radio friendly mixes." Other stars announced previously for the CD (but unconfirmed by Garza) include Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Bebe Winans, The Sounds Of Blackness, LeAnne Rimes and Bryan White.
Wildhorn told Playbill On-Line (Nov. 1997) that the Civil War CD is turning into a major drawing card for pop singers. Wildhorn calls it, "the largest American theatre album ever made: 28-30 major acts. Such a sweep of wonderful artists, I'm in heaven!" said Wildhorn. "[Civil War] combines what I love the most: theatre and the best pop singers in the world today making a record. It brings the record-making and theatre worlds together. This is an enormous commitment from Atlantic Records to a theatre piece. Not just RCA Victor or Sony Classics -- this is Atlantic Records, home of Led Zep and Jewel."
Wildhorn also has begun work on his Havana musical as a vehicle for Linda Eder, star of J&H and recently (May 3) to be his bride.