Ashford and Guare at Work on Broadway-Bound Brigadoon Revival

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Brigadoon — the classic 1947 Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe musical — may be headed back to Broadway.

The New York Post reports that a recent backer's audition was presented in Manhattan featuring direction and choreography by Tony winner Rob Ashford and a rewritten libretto by playwright John Guare. Bill Haber, the New York daily says, hopes to produce a revival of the award-winning musical on Broadway early next year.

Guare, according to the Post, has rewritten the original Alan Jay Lerner book: Brigadoon is now "a pacificist town that 'disappeared' in 1939 because its inhabitants didn't want to live in a world torn apart by war."

Rob Ashford won a Tony Award for his choreography of Thoroughly Modern Millie and was also Tony-nominated for Best Choreography for The Wedding Singer and Curtains. He is currently the choreographer for the new musical Cry-Baby, which arrives on Broadway later this season.

Playwright John Guare won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for his work on Two Gentlemen of Verona. He was also Tony-nominated in the Best Play category for The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun. Guare's other Tony nomination was for the book for the musical Sweet Smell of Success.

Brigadoon features music by Frederick Loewe and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Among its classic tunes are "Almost Like Being in Love," "Heather on the Hill" and "Come to Me, Bend to Me." Agnes De Mille won a Tony Award for her choreography of the original Broadway production, which was staged by Robert Lewis. The musical played 581 performances at the Ziegfeld Theatre, March 13, 1947-July 31, 1948. Brigadoon was subsequently staged in New York at City Center (1950), the Adelphi Theatre (1957), again at City Center (1963) and at the Majestic Theatre (1980).

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