Photo Flash: Cortland Rep Presents BRIGADOON
Cortland Repertory Theatre will take their audience on a magical, musical trip to Scotland in the next production of their 39th season, the classic romance "Brigadoon", with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, the team best known for writing the musical "My Fair Lady". The original Broadway production of "Brigadoon" opened in 1949 and ran for a successful 581 performances, with choreographer Agnes De Mille winning the Tony for Best Choreography. An even more successful production opened in London later that year and ran for 685 performances. New York City Opera has twice revived the musical since then, and both Broadway and London have seen one revival each since the original. This will be CRT's first time presenting the musical.
Performances of CRT's "Brigadoon" will run from July 28 - August 14 with evening performances at 7:30. Matinees are available on July 30, August 4, 8, 11 and 13 at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-427-6160 or in person at the CRT Box Office at 37 Franklin Street in Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org. There is a small additional charge for online sales. The show is suitable for all ages with a wonderfully romantic storyline and a score rich with beautiful songs.
"Brigadoon" tells the story of a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every one hundred years, though to the villagers, the passing of each century seems no longer than one night. The enchantment is a blessing to the villagers because it saved them from foreboding destruction by witches in "the outside world". However, according to their covenant with God, no one from Brigadoon may ever leave the town or the enchantment will be broken, and the village and all its inhabitants will disappear into the mist forever. Two American hunters, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village and their arrival has surprising implications. New Yorker Tommy Albright, who is searching for a cure to his melancholia, meets the lovely Fiona McLaren who is also waiting for the love of her life. It is love at first sight. Tommy's jaded traveling companion Jeff Douglas meets the bawdy milkmaid Meg Brockie but to Jeff, the entire day is a dream because none of it makes logical sense. Also on this day, Fiona's younger sister Jean is wed to handsome Charley Dalrymple in a ceremony complete with a traditional sword dance. But young Harry Beaton, in love with Jean and broken-hearted over the wedding, threatens to leave the town and break the enchantment.
The full cast of Cortland Repertory Theatre's Brigadoon
Emily Beth Brockway, Peter Carrier and cast
Peter Carrier and Emily Beth Brockway