Broadway Across America-Boston and the producers of the revised, re-imagined new production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, Brigadoon, announced May 5 that the world premiere of this new production would play the Colonial (home to many a famous tryout, including Carousel). The Broadway run of Brigadoon will begin in spring 2009 at a theatre to be announced. Casting will be announced later.
John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) is revising the original Alan Jay Lerner book of the 1947 musical, which was inspired by a 19th-century story by Friedrich Gerstäcker (the yarn involved a German village under a spell).
Lyrics are by Lerner, with music by Frederick Loewe. The cherished score includes such classic songs as "Almost Like Being in Love," "I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean," "Waiting for My Dearie," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "There But for You Go I" and "The Heather on the Hill."
Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) will direct and choreograph. This will mark his Broadway directing debut; he was lauded for his direction and choreography for the revised Parade in London.
According to the producers, "One of Broadway's most fabled musicals, Brigadoon is the story of two disillusioned Americans on vacation in Scotland who wander into a village that comes alive every 100 years for only one day." The plot's Americans are from the 1940s; the title village is set back in the 18th century.
Ostar Productions and Liza Lerner are producing.
Guare won a Tony Award for his book for the musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, and was Tony-nominated for his plays The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, as well as the book for the musical Sweet Smell of Success. He received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for "Atlantic City."
Ashford was Tony-nominated for his choreography of The Wedding Singer and Curtains, and is also represented this season with his choreography for Cry-Baby. He received Olivier Award nominations for his direction and choreography of the Donmar Warehouse's Parade.
For more information on the Boston run of Brigadoon, visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
Lerner and Loewe are the songwriters behind Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot and "Gigi." Brigadoon was their first hit, following the Broadway flops What's Up? (1943) and Trhe Day Before Spring (1945).
Agnes De Mille won a Tony Award for her choreography of the original 1847 Broadway production, which was staged by Robert Lewis. Pageantry, a sword dance, jigs and reels, a wedding, a funeral — and "the mist of May" — are all part of the romantic fantasy about retreating from the modern world.
In the musical, American Tommy falls for Fiona, whose sister Jean is marrying Charlie. Brooding local, Harry, is in love with Jean, and threatens to ruin the town's magical spell, which protects it from the outside world.
The 1954 M-G-M movie version starred Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse.
Brigadoon was revived on Broadway in 1980 (Vivian Matalon directed). A touring production starring John Schneider as Tommy was produced in the early 1990s. Goodspeed Musicals revived it in Connecticut in 2001.