New Britain Herald
April 25, 2001
“BRIGADOON revival an enchanting fantasy at Goodspeed Opera House"
“Two of Lerner and Loewe’s loveliest songs almost stop the show as sung with ringing beauty by Daniel Reichard, whose ‘Come to Me, Bend to Me’ is exquisitely and tenderly sung, while his I'll Go Home with Bonnie jean’ is merrily presented. As Tommy, James Clow does a happy turn with ‘Almost Like Being in Love.’ Fiona is spunkily portrayed by Amanda Serkasevich, with a fine, clear singing voice.
“Much humor is added by Tommy’s cynical friend Jeff, played with insouciance by David Rossmer, while Lisa Brescia is bouncy and pert as the eager female after Jeff. Choreographed by Peggy Hickey, the dancing is energetic, lively and full of boisterous elements.
“So, give yourself over to fantasy and to an enticing story and music. This effective production of BRIGADOON can provide a relaxing and happy experience.”
Manchester Journal Inquirer
April 30, 2001
“BRIGADOON a masterful production at Goodspeed"
“You don’t have to buy into the fantastic premise of BRIGADOON
to enjoy the musical, and the
"The cast does an exceptional job performing the energetic song and dance numbers that light up the stage and include intricate choreography. All of the principals are strong as well, bringing a range of talents to their parts.
“As the courting couple, James
Clow and Amanda Serkasevich are wonderful. Their duet,
"BRIGADOON is all about searching for paradise
and trusting your heart when you find it; the
Providence Journal Bulletin
May 8, 2001
“BRIGADOON, the musical, is the place to be"
“When BRIGADOON opened on Broadway in 1947, its
romantic story of a Scottish village lost
"Today, in a splendid revival at the Goodspeed Opera
House, BRIGADOON seems, well, still a
“The work includes one handsome guy, one beautiful gal, one jokey guy, one jokey gal, and, of course, a dream ballet, that great Broadway innovation of the 1940s. In other other words, BRIGADOON is of its time, and at Goodspeed, they’ve made a virtue of that.
"Greg Ganakas directs with straight-forward zeal. On
Goodspeed’s tiny stage, choreographer
New London Day
May 4, 2001
“A Musical With Eloquence In Silence"
“Thwarted love is the stuff of great musicals. There’s
nothing quite like romantic angst to
inspire characters to sing swooning ballads, and some starry-eyed ardor to
propel them to
“BRIGADOON ups the romantic ante. The lovers are not separated by other people or societal rules. Their wee problem is that one of them lives in a Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. That can really put a crimp in your dating schedule.
“James Clow and
Amanda Serkasevich make playful couple, teasing and affectionate. They
"Peggy Hickey’s dances, infused with some Scottish
folk flavor, create a romantic vibrancy
“The imagery on the Goodspeed stage is stunning. Figures
standing atop a craggy rock
formation are silhouetted against a moody pink-and-blue sky. Diaphanous
tree trunks are
Danbury News Times
Sunday, April 29, 2001
“BRIGADOON charms again at Goodspeed Musicals"
"BRIGADOON is more than just songs, though it boasts one of the richest scores in musical comedy. It’s a beguiling temptation to believe in miracles - miracles brought about by honesty and love. That’s what the world needs now, so thank Goodspeed for letting it bloom again and for appointing the able Greg Ganakas as director.
“The Goodspeed production is filled with splendid vocal
performances. James Clow is
impressive as tommy, singing strongly and exuding an appealing boyish
charm. As the about-to-be-married Jean and Charles, Nili Bassman and
Daniel Reichard are a sun-drenched
Sunday, April 29, 2001
"BRIGADOON Has It All"
“The magical, mystical village of Brigadoon materializes
from the Scottish mists to transport
“Director Greg Ganakas spins his own miracles utilizing
every inch of the small Goodspeed
“Tall, boyishly handsome James
Clow as Tommy sings with baritone gusto. Amanda
Serkasevich brings a pert elegance to the headstrong Fiona, raising her
sweet soprano in the
“BRIGADOON has it all - a tender, sentimental
love story set in an enchanted otherworld
New Haven Register
April 25, 2001
“Lerner and Loewe’s BRIGADOON is exemplary of what Goodspeed Musicals does best: take a classic that may be a bit dusty or dated and present it as if it were brand-new.
“BRIGADOON, is best known for its score. There is, arguably, not a bad song in the show.
The Hartford Courant
April 16, 2001
A Magical Production Of BRIGADOON
“‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Camelot’ are
the warhorses of the Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe canon. The relative
obscurity of the partners’ earlier BRIGADOON only makes the
revival at the
“As directed by Greg Ganakas on rugged, Celtic-flavored settings by Howard Jones, this Shangri-La love story unfolds as one of Goodspeed’s most magical productions - a rich exploration of the first Lerner and Loewe hit, which boasts some of the greatest songs they ever wrote together.
“BRIGADOON has everything a musical theater fan could want. And Ganakas weaves it all together with highland flings and folk and art dances by Peggy Hickey.
“Amanda Serkasevich and Nili Bassman match up strikingly as the red-haired MacLaren sisters, the rebellious Fiona and the affianced Jean. Serkasevich sings with a light but pure soprano, pairing with James Clow’s potent baritone on the show’s classics, ‘The Heather on the Hill’ and ‘Almost Like Being in Love. ’ Bassman sweetly adds her voice to Reichard’s remakable tenor on ‘Come to Me, Bend To Me’and dances a poignantly expressive bride-to-be solo. But it is Reichard’s ‘I’ll Go Home to Bonnie Jean’ that transports us to musical theater heaven. ”