One of the largest and most expensive shows Ford’s Theatre has yet mounted, Liberty Smith features 20 glorious singing actors, reenacting and reinterpreting the history of the American Revolution, taking a little liberty with the school-worn tales. If you ultimately leave the theater charmed, it’ll be more because of Michael Weiner’s irrepressible, catchy music and the superb, Broadway-caliber cast of actors and set design, with assist from an eight-piece orchestra. They bring the play to life in spite of a simplistic, somewhat silly story by Marc Madnick, Eric R. Cohen and Adam Abraham that recalls Disney, even Forest Gump. As the chorus sings in Liberty Smith, “Such a small, small world, after all.” To May 21. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $35 to $55. Call 202-397-7328 or visit fordstheatre.org. Read Doug Rule’s full review here.
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