Monday, April 18, 2005

Brigadoon

Ever wanted to see me in a kilt? Well, you will soon get the chance!! I'll be performing in Foothill Music Theatre's production of Brigadoon this summer. I'll be playing the role of Jeff Douglas. Jeff is the American buddy of Tommy Albright, the leading tenor in the show.

What is Brigadoon?

Brigadoon is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, first produced in 1947. It tells the story of a mysterious village in Scotland, which comes to life only once every hundred years. Two American tourists stumble upon the village by chance, as a wedding is about to be celebrated, and their arrival has serious implications for the village's inhabitants.

Songs from the show include Almost Like Being in Love, My Mother's Wedding Day and The Heather on the Hill.

The musical was filmed in 1954 with Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse in leading roles. Vincente Minnelli directed it.

The original Broadway production opened March 13th, 1947, and starred David Brooks as Tommy, Marion Bell as Fiona, Lee Sullivan as Charlie, and Pamela Britton as Meg. It ran for 581 performances and shared a Tony Award for Agnes DeMille's choreography. It also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and has had many well-received revivals over the years.

Synopsis

New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas have traveled to the Scottish Highlands on a game-hunting vacation, only to get lost their first night out. While consulting a map and discussing Tommy's general ennui, they begin to hear music ("Brigadoon"); then they notice, in a valley nearby, a small village where the map says there should be nothing! Tommy and Jeff decide to visit it, if only to get directions back to their inn, and they walk off towards it...... read the rest here.

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7 comments:

  1. Um, does the character of Jeff, as the token non-Scot, ever have to actually wear a kilt?

    I think this may be false advertising Ray!

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  2. Yes, I suppose I am doing some false advertising here! Well, if anyone wants to actually see the kilt with me in it, I guess I'll have to have one ready for curtain call.

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