Honestly Abe, a new musical about Lincoln’s early years, is enjoying a successful run in New York under the direction of Mike Strozier. Strozier has quite a few Lincoln connections—he wrote his own Lincoln play before directing Honestly Abe, grew up in Springfield, and is the son of a Lincoln scholar. In a recent interview, he discussed the new show and Lincoln’s place in American memory:
Musicals are incredibly complex and very hard to direct and produce. They are much harder than other plays. Lincoln is strangely enigmatic in America and that would make it that much harder, yes. And it’s partly the confidence that I had about Lincoln that gave me the courage to tackle this subject and show. But once I started, I soon realized that I was doing something of major significance.