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Brigadoon is an entertaining musical which has seen many stints on Broadway and London's West End. It was penned by author Alan Jay Lerner while Frederick Loewe composed the music for the play. This was the duo's fourth collaboration, their previous attempts achieved moderate success. It basked in the spotlight for many months after opening on Broadway on 13 March, 1947.
Brigadoon, which was showcased at the Ziegfeld Theatre, ran for five hundred and eighty one performances during its first run. It caught the imagination of theatre lovers and the hype surrounding the musical buoyed it for a West End production as well. The West End production opened in 1949 and completed six hundred and eight five performances. The play has also inspired a film of the same name.
The musical has been nominated for some of the top theatre awards such as the Theatre World Award, Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards. It has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best scenic design and best choreography. The individual Tony Award nominations include for Best Actor Male, Best Actor Female and Best Conductor and Musical Director. Get Brigadoon tickets and watch the award winning musical, which is being brought back to Broadway after almost three decades.
The story revolves around a magical village in Scotland that appears only for one day after a hundred years. Two Americans who are on vacation lose their way and stumble upon the village named Brigadoon when it surfaces. The tourists interact with the residents and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers. Along the way, one of the tourist, Tommy Albright, who is already engaged, develops feelings towards a girl in the village, Fiona Maclaren. However when the merry fun subsides, we get to know the darker details. Even if one of the residents leave Brigadoon, the whole village will fade away. On the other hand if one wants to stay in the village, he must leave behind everything else.
Brian Hill provided a revised book for the play on which director Rachel Rockwell worked, to bring the revival on stage. Brigadoon literally refers to a place that has not been affected by time. Rockwell, who is also the choreographer, has made sure that the dances are not recreations of the original play. The fresh dances liven up the show, seamlessly merging classical ballet and traditional Scottish dances into one. The dances which require remarkable athleticism are carried out on music put together by a 13-piece orchestra. The New York Times has lauded the musical, rating it as a “first-class revival that boasts an infectious buoyancy of spirit”.
It features rapturous music and outstanding songs. Some of the main attractions Brigadoon boasts of are songs “Almost Like Being in Love” and “From This Day On”.
The Scottish atmosphere in the play is made all the more evident by the flapping kilts and the blowing bagpipes. The romanticism is pepped up with many love ballads starting from when Fiona and Albright go to collect “The Heather on the Hill”. The use of certain words and traditional Scottish costumes almost beguile the audience into actually believing that Brigadoon has not aged since the eighteenth century.
Running for approximately two hours and twenty minutes the musical keeps you hooked till the end. The seemingly straight forward story has many steep crags along the way. The revival of the musical at the Goodman Theater is a must watch for theater enthusiasts. Get Brigadoon tickets booked right away and embark on the magical journey with the eighteenth century residents of Brigadoon and visit their centennial land.