BWW Reviews: Come Ye to BRIGADOON at Music Circus

BWW Reviews: Come Ye to BRIGADOON at Music CircusWhen Tommy Albright leaves the highlands of Scotland to return to New York, his surroundings only remind him of the call of Brigadoon. So it will be as "Brigadoon's" mystical medleys and lyrical dances work their magic on Music Circus audiences now through August 10.

Life, death and a miracle hang in the balance within the musical's quickly developed story. Lost on a hunting trip in Scotland, Tommy and friend, Jeff Douglas, discover the hidden village of Brigadoon, which emerges from the misty fog only once every hundred years. The townspeople immediately come to charming life, inviting others to join them "Down on MacConnachy Square." It's the morning of Charlie and Jean's wedding, and the town still celebrates its recent miracle. Only reclusive Harry Beaton (Luke Hawkins) sulks over the marriage and his inability to escape village life.

Enter strangers Tommy and Jeff. Jeff, played by the comedic Jason Graae, attracts the attention of rambunctious Meg Brockie (Tory Ross), while a sweet-voiced Robert J. Townsend as Tommy experiences love-at-first-sight with the local Fiona MacLaren (Jennifer Hope Wills). Hope Wills, who delighted audiences in last summer's "Show Boat," brings stunning high notes to beloved songs "Waitin' for My Dearie," "Almost Like Being in Love" and more.

BWW Reviews: Come Ye to BRIGADOON at Music CircusBeautiful harmonies and enchanting ballads such as Brandon Springman's "Come to Me, Bend to Me" blend with Scottish sword and mourning dances choreographed to magnificent affect by Bob Richard. By the time Tommy discovers his true spirit, audiences, too, find that in Brigadoon their "heart forever lies."

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BRIGADOON
Music Circus
Through August 10
http://www.californiamusicaltheatre.com/


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Harmony Wheeler A theater lover since childhood, Harmony Wheeler has done Marketing and Public Relations work for Sierra Repertory Theatre, Hillhouse Opera Company and other companies. She graduated with high honors from Biola University with her degree in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations. In addition to working for the Gallo Center for the Arts, MJM Entertainment Group, Biola University Marketing and Communications, 6th Street PR, and Zimbabwe Gecko Society, Wheeler has written for The Modesto Bee, The Chimes, Static MultiMedia, BullyPulpit.com, TUFW Alumnus Magazine, Christian Book Previews, The Christian Communicator, and Church Libraries Magazine. Her photos appear in The Dominican Dream, a book available for purchase through Biola University's Journalism Department. Her photography and video work can be found at http://photographybyharmonywheeler.shutterfly.com/. To learn more about Harmony Wheeler, or to contact her for work possibilities, visit www.harmonywheeler.com.


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