This is a masterpiece in honor of one of the most respected Presidents in United States History. The Musical "Honestly Abe" premiered Off-Broadway in January 2012 and is successfully running today and growing! The singers on this recording are outstanding. They have performed in Disney, in Carnegie Hall, in the Pentagon, all over America and Canada. David Musial the Executive Producer of the soundtrack earned an Emmy Award for MTV and has worked on over 100 albums with millions of units sold. (DavidMusial.com). M. Steffan Strozier, the director, has an amazing history casting some of the most incredible talent on Broadway via La Muse Venale (amusevenale.org). The instrumentalists studied at NYU and Juilliard and recorded at Premiere Media NYC (premiermediany.com) and QUAD Studios (quadnyc.com) in Times Square. The final lead vocals, mixing and mastering was done at SkyRoom Studios in the NYC Harbor. (SkyRoomStudios.com) Smart Trax Media is the label (GetSmartSongs.com) The vocal conductor, co-producer Cheryl Krugel-Lee, has worked on countless musical projects in the NYC area. The Instrumental Conductor, co-producer Jonathan B. Lerner, has also done the same. The instrumental recording engineer/co-producer Rob Harari also has an Emmy and extensive experience in the recording world. Enjoy the experience. Videos, Photos, Lyrics and more available at HonestlyAbeMusic.com
Honestly Abe Original Cast Album
Lyrics, Videos, Photos and more at
M. Stefan Strozier
Director & Producer
La Muse Venale
Abraham Lincoln is America's greatest president. Robert L. Hecker's musical and in-depth, historically accurate study, Honestly Abe, is the first of its kind to address Lincoln's compelling story of his youth. For almost two years, La Muse Venale Acting Troupe has been on a journey of discovery about Abraham Lincoln and the story keeps going, as every door seems to unlock more doors about this great American. From a showcase in New York, Honestly Abe has moved to Off-Broadway where it has ran successfully since January 2012. Along the way, many people have been impacted and changed by this theatrical piece and the power of the man who continues to influence America in profound and dramatic ways.
Executive Soundtrack Producer
One World Artists/Smart Trax Media
When I first learned about this Musical “Honestly Abe” I thought “really, a Musical near Broadway in NYC about President Abraham Lincoln?” And then I thought… he is one of the most respected and loved Presidents in American history… “why not?” When I experienced it for the first time it opened my eyes to his struggle in a unique, musical way. Let’s face it, music is memorable. You can hear some times just 2 slaps on your thighs and one hand clap and instantly say “We Will Rock You”! Think about it? When we look back at what Lincoln did for America and learn about his odd sense of humor as well as hiss brilliance as a young aspiring attorney, the composer- Robert Hecker’s ability to take these facts and weave them into a Musical was simply amazing. Cheryl the arranger did a brilliant job creating a synthhestration reference track, and her work at the glorious “Premier Sound NY Studios” in Times Square conducting the instruments, and Jonathan's conducting skills along with Rob’s engineering made a perfect production team. Special thanks to Mark Barasch for awesome accommodations. The lead vocal and mixing sessions at SkyRoom Studios were an amazing experience with some of the finest new voices on Broadway! What a brilliant tribute to President Abraham Lincoln.
Co-Producer, Conductor, Orchestrator/Arranger,
Copyist, Studio Musician
It was such a pleasure to orchestrate and conduct the music for "Honestly Abe"! The aspect of this show that I found most challenging and exciting was the diversity of the musical genres; Robert wrote and imagined music that ranged from rock to bluegrass, and I had to create a cohesive musical out of all these different types of songs. The finished product is a show that captures Abraham Lincoln's life experiences and roller-coaster emotions while conveying to the audience that this man will become one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States of America. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Dave, Jonathan, and Rob on this album, and I am excited to bring Robert's music and lyrics to the millions of people who continue to be affected and inspired by Abraham Lincoln and his legacy.
Robert L. Hecker: Playwright/Lyricist/Composer
Andy Rigrod: Legal Consul
M. Stefan Strozier: Director & Producer/La Muse Venale, Inc
David Musial: Executive Soundtrack Producer/Engineer,
One World Artists, LLC, Smart Trax Media, LLC, SkyRoom Studios
Eliot Loshak: Legal Consul
Cheryl Krugel-Lee: Co-Producer, Conductor, Orchestrator/Arranger, Copyist, Studio Musician
Jonathan B. Lerner: Co-Producer, Conductor, Music Director,
Singer (Tom Lincoln & Mr. Dorsey)
Rob Harari: Co-Producer, Engineer for Instrumental Sessions
Premiere Media NY (PremierMediaNY.com), Quad Studios (QuadNYC.com)
Special thanks to Mark Barasch
Lead Vocals, Mixing and Mastering by Musial at SkyRoom Studios (SkyRoomStudios.com)
Promoted by Smart Trax Media (SmartTraxMedia.com)
a division of OneWorldArtists.com
" Eva is an Equity Membership Candidate and performed regionally at The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Eva played all of the female roles the national tour of King Arthur"
“Brady is also a multi-instrumentalist who just released his third pop album. He has performed on statge with as many as 10,000 people in attendance, in Disney, the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon and even live on SIRIUS XM Radio from the deck of a U.S. Aircraft Carrier. Check out his music videos at BradySongs.com”
"Vicki has performed in the national tour of The Jack Sprat Low-Fat World Tour as well as several Off-Broadway musicals. She can also be heard on the cast recording of "A Mermaid's Tale"."
"Shannen worked with Marie Osmond in the NETworks tour of "The Sound of Music" back in 1997 and is continuing to pursue a career in Musical Theatre."
"Ryan performed in the National Tour of Legally Blonde The Musical"
"Torrey won "Best Acting" at the Detroit 48 Hour Film Festival just three months after graduating with honors from the University of Michigan."
Violin I: Joelle Britt
Violin II: Seeri Guarino
Viola: Rick Quantz
Cello: Eric Allen
Bass: Christopher Nolte
Guitar/Banjo: Bradley Rouen
Piano: Richard Louis-Pierre
Drums: Max Yassky
All songs ©2010 Robert L. Hecker
(p) 2012 Robert L. Hecker & Smart Trax Media, LLC