Featuring a cast of 28, a band of 21 and a real-life piper playing Scottish bagpipes, The Production Company have announced the full cast for their final show of season 2017, Lerner and Loewe’s timeless romantic classic, Brigadoon at Arts Centre Melbourne for 11 shows only from 28 October.
From Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Camelot), Brigadoon is the story of New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas who get lost on their vacation to the Scottish Highlands, and stumble upon Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for one day every hundred years. Tommy – who has a fiance in New York – soon falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon. And as Tommy learns, to fall in love means staying forever.
Australia’s leading man of song and dance, Rohan Browne stars as Tommy, as soprano Genevieve Kingsford makes her Production Company debut as Fiona. The heart and soul of Brigadoon, the legendary Nancye Hayes plays the matriarch Mrs. Forsythe, while Elise McCann plays the hilarious Meg, who looks for love in all the wrong places. Luke Joslin is Jeff, Tommy’s fun but cynical best friend who doesn’t believe in love. Also starring Stefanie Jones, Matthew Manahan, Stephen Hall, Sally Bourne and Joel Granger.
The Company will feature: Adele Parkinson, Embla Bishop, Ella Burns, Emma Clark, Patrick Cook, Zack Curran, Nelson Gardner, Courtney Glass, Belinda Hanne Reid, CJ Joy (Piper), Andrew Kroenert, Sam Marks, Scott McConnell, Jensen Overend, Mike Snell, Caitlin Spears, Blake Testro, Karla Tonkich, and Romina Villafranca.
Directed by award winning director Jason Langley (Dusty), he is joined by musical director – Michael Tyack conducting The Production Company Orchestra; choreographer – Cameron Mitchell; costumes – Isaac Lummis; set – Christina Smith; lighting – Matt Scott, and sound – Peter Grubb, Kelvin Gedye, John Scandrett (System Sound).
Lerner and Loewe’s lush score will sweep you off your feet as you fall in love with Brigadoon. It’s most famous song It’s Almost Like Being In Love became a romantic standard and has been recorded by the likes Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Anthony Warlow and Rufus Wainwright.
The beloved 1954 MGM film version of Brigadoon, directed by Vincente Minnelli starred Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, and Cyd Charisse as Tommy, Jeff and Fiona. In 1966 a TV version starring Robert Goulet and Peter Falk won five Primetime Emmy Awards.
Brigadoon will play in the State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne for 11 shows only from 28 October 2017. For more information, visit: www.theproductioncompany.com.au for details.
Image: Rohan Browne and Genevieve Kingsford star in Brigadoon (supplied)