Dvorsky and deBenedet Wander "The Heather on the Hill" in TUTS' Brigadoon in Houston

News   Dvorsky and deBenedet Wander "The Heather on the Hill" in TUTS' Brigadoon in Houston
Theatre Under the Stars in Houston is reviving Lerner and Loewe's romantic musical fantasy, Brigadoon, March 11-28 with George Dvorsky as Tommy and Rachel deBenedet as Fiona.

The 1947 musical tells of two American hunters in Scotland who come across a magical, centuries-old town called Brigadoon, challenging their ideas about romantic, modern life and what matters. Agnes deMille won the Tony Award for choreography for her work on the original in the first year the Tonys were presented.

Alan Jay Lerner wrote book and lyrics (the tale was inspired by an old German story) and Frederick Loewe penned music. They would later write My Fair Lady, Camelot and "Gigi."

Performances play the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston.

The score includes "Almost Like Being In Love," "The Heather on the Hill," "There But For You Go I," "Waitin' for My Dearie," "I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean," "The Love of My Life," "My Mother Wedding Day" and "Come To Me, Bend To Me," among others. The "Sword Dance" is traditionally a famous moment of specialty choreography in the show.

The TUTS cast also includes Mark Zimmerman as Tommy's American pal, Jeff Douglas. Dvorsky starred on Broadway in the title role of The Scarlett Pimpernel, while Zimmerman's Broadway credits include On the 20th Century and Brigadoon. DeBenedet was recently seen on Broadway in Nine and The Sound of Music.

The cast includes Angelo Fraboni (as Harry Beaton), Bill Hardy (as Andrew MacLaren), Rutherford Cravens (as Archie Beaton), Ilene Bergelson (as Maggie Anderson), Laura Scott (as Jean MacLaren), Adam Lambert (as Charlie Dalrymple), Jim Shaffer (as Reverend Forsythe) and Kit Fordyce (as Angus MacGuffie/Frank) and Ruth Gottschall (as Meg), with Alley Theatre veteran Bettye Fitzpatrick in a featured role.

Directed by TUTS' associate artistic director Roy Hamlin and choreographed by Susan McCarter Olson, the staging features sets and costumes created Desmond Heeley for the New York City Opera; lighting design by David Neville; sound design by Christopher "Kit" Bond; and musical direction by Steven Smith.

Single tickets for Brigadoon ($25-$68) are available by phone at (713) 558-8887 or outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882; or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars box office, 800 Bagby at Walker. For more information, visit www.tuts.com.

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