Watts, who starred as Adam in the 2007 Paper Mill Playhouse production of the Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer musical, reprises his work in that role alongside Griffith (Lincoln Center's South Pacific) as his bride Milly. Seven Brides began performances Dec. 3 and will continue through Dec. 28. Allison Narver directs the production that features choreography by Patti Colombo, who also choreographed the Paper Mill Playhouse run of the musical. The production has musical direction by Valerie Gebert.
Luke Longacre, Demian Boergadine, Karl Warden, Kyle Patrick Vaughn, Wes Hart and Mo Brady play, respectively, brothers Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank and Gideon. The brides are Meaghan Foy, Brittany Jamieson, Shanna Marie Palmer, Sara Christine Parish, Amanda Paulson and Maya RS Perkins.
The ensemble comprises David Alewine, Jeffrey Alewine, Neil Badders, Logan Benedict, Eric Chappelle, Ross Cornell, Daniel Cruz, Christian Duhamel, Michael Ericson, Ann Evans, Hannah Lagerway, Justin Ramsey, James Scheider, Robertson Witmer and Vickielee Wohlbach.
Based on the Academy Award-winning 1954 MGM film by Stanley Donen, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers has music by Gene de Paul, lyrics by Johnny Mercer and a book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay.
"This rip-roarin' musical comedy classic," press notes state, "begins when Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He miraculously convinces Milly to marry him that same day and she immediately starts reforming her six rowdy brothers-in-law. Clever, spunky Milly whips those rough 'n tumble boys into shape."
The design team includes Anna Louizos (set designer), Tom Sturge (lighting designer) and Geof Alm (fight director).
Tickets for the Seattle run, priced $22-$81, are available by calling (206) 625-1900 or by visiting www.5thavenue.org.