Goodspeed Musicals Press Release
Press release provided by Jennifer Wislocki of  Goodspeed Musicials
March 1, 2001
A blissful Scottish village that comes to life only once every hundred years will emerge from the misty glen on the Goodspeed Opera House stage this spring when Goodspeed Musicals presents the highland fantasy Brigadoon, March 30 - June 23, to launch the 2001 season in East Haddam, Conn.
Brigadoon is Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's mystical tale of a love that transcends time.  When two weary American hunters lose their way in the highlands of Scotland, they soon discover a small and mysterious village called Brigadoon not found on any map.  As the blessed town prepares for a much-anticipated wedding, the restless New Yorker Tommy falls in love with the fair lassie Fiona, only to learn of the secret of Brigadoon - an immutable  miracle that will forever alter Tommy's life.
Boasting a tender and evocative score that includes such standards as "Almost Like Being in Love," "The Heather on the Hill" and "Come to Me, Bend to Me," by the same team that gave the world such triumphs as My Fair Lady, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon, and Gigi, Brigadoon was immediately hailed a classic after its 1947 Broadway opening.  Goodspeed's production will be directed by Greg Ganakas, who previously directed 1998's The Pajama Game and last year's George M! at Goodspeed, and the spirited Scottish dancing will be choreographed by Peggy Hickey, choreographer of Goodspeed's critically acclaimed production of On The Twentieth Century.
Tommy will be played by James Clow, whose Broadway credits include She Loves Me and Bobby in the revival of Company, and Fiona will be performed by Amanda Serkasevich, who appeared in Neil Simon's Hotel Suite off-Broadway and originated the role of Josie Roonie in the national tour of Jolson, the Musical. David Rossmer, on Broadway in Titanic, will play Tommy's best friend Jeff, and Lisa Brescia, who spent five years as lead vocalist on an international reunion tour with The Mamas and the Papas, will perform the role of Meg.
The cast of 23 also includes David Barron (Mr. Lundie), Nili Bassman (Jean MacLaren), Paul Carlin (Andrew MacLaren/Frank), Robyn Cohen, Brian J. Cooper (Bagpiper), Elizabeth Ferrell (Maggie Anderson), Paul J. Gallagher, Dale Hensley (Archie Beaton), Natalie Hill, Kevin Loreque, Patrick Mullaney (Harry Beaton), Daniel Reichard (Charlie Dalrymple), Greg Roderick, James R. Santos, Adam Souza, James Tabeek, Jennifer S. Taylor, Melanie Vaughan, and Anna Winthrop.
The musical director for Brigadoon is Michael O'Flaherty, with sets by Howard Jones, costumes by John Carver Sullivan, and lighting by Kirk Bookman. Brigadoon is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.
Tickets are $22-$44, available through the Goodspeed Box Office (860/873-8668), open seven days a week. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, April 1, before the 6 p.m. performance of Brigadoon, Goodspeed is offering patrons a wine tasting event, highlighted by a demonstration by world champion bagpiper Brian J. Cooper, for an additional $10 to the purchase of a ticket to that evening's performance.  Following the Thursday evening performances on April 26, May 10 and 24, Goodspeed will host Backstage at Goodspeed, an informal discussion for audience members to meet the cast and crew of Brigadoon to ask questions about the production and learn more about working in musical theatre.
Goodspeed Musicals is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, producing six musicals each season at the historic Goodspeed Opera House and The Norma Terris Theatre, opened in Chester, Conn., in 1984 for the development of new musicals.  In addition to its onstage productions, Goodspeed also maintains the Library of Musical Theatre and publishes Show Music, The Musical Theatre Magazine.  Brigadoon is co-sponsored by Liberty Bank and Amica.  Goodspeed gratefully acknowledges the support of media sponsor WFSB-TV3 and American Airlines, the official airline of Goodspeed Musicals.