Playbill Online - March 30, 2001
When Americans Tommy and Jeff go traipsing through the Scottish highlands on a hunting trip in Goodspeed Musicals' Brigadoon, beginning March 30, the hunters are not men of 1947 — they are wearing Patagonia jackets and carrying cell phones.
In a break from tradition, the new revival of the 1947 Lerner and Loewe classic at Goodspeed Opera House will be set in 2001 and 1801.
Greg Ganakas directs the Goodspeed staging of the beloved musical fantasy that gave the world "Heather on the Hill," "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Come to Me, Bend to Me."
James Clow is Tommy and Amanda Serkasevich is the smart, comely 1801Scotswoman, Fiona.
Official opening is April 30. Performances continue to June 23.
David Rossmer plays Tommy's pal, Jeff, Lisa Brescia is Meg, Daniel Reichard is Charlie Dalrymple and Nili Bassman is Jean. The 1947 musical famously concerns two American hunters who come across an historic village in the mist, only to discover that it's the 18th-century (now early 19th-century) Brigadoon, a town that vanished years ago when a deacon asked for a miracle to keep the place free from evil. It only reappears every 100 years.
Ganakas previously helmed Goodspeed's The Pajama Game and George M. Peggy Hickey choreographs the production, which features specialty Scottish dancing.
The company includes David Barron (Mr. Lundie), Paul Carlin (Andrew MacLaren/Frank), Robyn Cohen, Brian J. Cooper (Bagpiper), Elizabeth Ferrell (Maggie Anderson), Paul Gallagher, Dale Hensley (Archie Beaton), Natalie Hill, Kevin Loreque, Patrick Mullaney (Harry Beaton), Greg Roderick, James R. Santos, Adam Souza, James Tabeek, Jennifer S. Taylor, Melanie Vaughan and Anna Winthrop. Michael O'Flaherty is musical director.
Designers are Howard Jones (sets), John Carver Sullivan (costumes) and Kirk Bookman (lighting).
Goodspeed Musicals is devoted to reviving classic musicals and nurturing new ones. It operates The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT (usually the home of revivals), and The Norma Terris Theatre (focusing on new or developing works) in Chester, CT.
Brigadoon tickets at The Goodspeed Opera House are $22-$44. For information, call (860) 873-8668 or visit the website at www.goodspeed.org.