Brigadoon, Awakened Once Again

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kevin Earley as Tommy and Jennie Sophia as Fiona in Lerner and Loewe’s 'Brigadoon' at the Goodman Theatre. Kevin Earley as Tommy and Jennie Sophia as Fiona in Lerner and Loewe’s 'Brigadoon' at the Goodman Theatre. (Liz Lauren)

The title of Brigadoon, the 1947 musical by Lerner and Lowe, refers to a mythical Scottish town that appears for only a single day every 100 years. Though not quite as seldom seen as the town, Brigadoon the musical — the first hit by the team that later created the legendary shows My Fair Lady and Camelot — hasn’t had a Broadway revival in more than three decades. But it has been given a big new production, now extended through Aug. 17, at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

The show is directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell with a revised book by Brian Hill. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood went to see it and lets us know whether Brigadoon — the show — deserves to be so elusive.

Comments [3]

@Fred, having performed (many years ago) in a fairly large summer stock production of "Brigadoon," let me state that while I understand "sound design," I don't like it. I am a trained singer.

To be relegated to "background" music, after having sung full out at auditions and call-backs is ludicrous. So, I sing full out in performance only to have it mixed for an audience to hear? I never liked it. DD~~

Jul. 16 2014 08:15 PM
Fred Plotkin from Chicago/New York

I also saw this production, perhaps at the same performance as Charles Isherwood. It was in most ways excellent, though it was marred by terrible "sound design." This is a subject I will discuss in a future article here at Operavore.

Jul. 16 2014 12:29 PM
kriss from New Jersey

So glad Brigadoon is getting a revival! Always loved the music.

Jul. 16 2014 12:02 PM

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