Shenandoah: Musical Info & Synopsis


Shenandoah follows the story of Charlie Anderson, a widowed Virginia farmer who is determined to keep his family out of the conflict that rages around them. However, as the war encroaches on their peaceful life in the Shenandoah Valley, Charlie finds himself reluctantly drawn into the conflict to protect his loved ones. As Charlie and his family navigate the hardships and tragedies of the Civil War, they must grapple with their own principles and the impact of their choices on those they care about. Shenandoah explores themes of family, duty, and the complexities of war.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1860s / USA (Virginia)

Creative Team

Music: Gary Geld

Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell

Book: Philip Rose, James Lee Barrett

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1975)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝


1970s, Based on a Movie, Child Roles, CountryDramaticFamily, One-Word, War

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