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BRIGADOON

Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by FREDERICK LOEWE
Opened March 13, 1947, at the Ziegfeld Theatre

Plot Synopsis

Deep in the Scottish highlands, two young American tourists, Tommy Albright and his friend Jeff Douglass, lose their way. Suddenly, they stumble across a village which they are unable to find on their map. Tommy and Jeff enter the village fair where they meet the lovely Fiona MacLaren and the bubbly Meg Brockie. Preparations are being made for the wedding of Fiona's sister Jean and Charlie Dalrymple. As the two Americans become increasingly wrapped up in the festivities, Tommy, who has just left an unhappy love affair in New York, grows increasingly fond of Fiona, but the quaint little village of Brigadoon and its townspeople are a puzzle to him. The people don't recognize American money, and they don't seem to know what a telephone is. Tommy's curiosity increases when he finds that Charlie has signed the MacLaren family Bible with the year "1746".

Tommy and Fiona spend the day together, growing ever closer, but soon Tommy presses Fiona for an explanation about the town. She decides that Jeff and Tommy should meet Mr. Lundie, the old schoolmaster, who would be better able to explain the situation in Brigadoon. What he tells the two visitors is that, fearing evil from the outside world, he asked God "to make Brigadoon an' all its people in it vanish into the Highland mist. Vanish, but not for always. It would return jus' as it was for one day every hundred years." No villager is allowed to leave, or the spell would be broken and Brigadoon would disappear forever, but a stranger would be able to remain if he fell in love.

As it turns out, the wedding of Charlie and Jean triggers a crisis which threatens the very existence of Brigadoon. Harry Beaton, in love with Jean and heartbroken at the thought of ther marrying another man, decides to leave town to break the spell. The villagers chase after him, but when Jeff trips Harry, the man strikes his head and dies.

Meanwhile, Tommy decides that he loves Fiona and that he wishes to stay in Brigadoon, but when he hears of Harry's death and the role that Jeff has played in it, Tommy is convinced that Brigadoon must just be a dream and he decides to return to New York.

Back in New York, Tommy can't get the thought of Fiona out of his mind. Accompanied by Jeff, he returns to Scotland hoping that Brigadoon might once again reappear. As they wonder if maybe it all really was a dream, the highland mists part to reveal the bridge that leads to the heart of Brigadoon. Tommy is reunited with Fiona, to remain with her forever in Brigadoon.

Cast of Characters (Original Broadway Cast)

Tommy Albright

David Brooks

Jeff Douglass

George Keane

Fiona MacLaren

Marion Bell

Meg Brockie

Pamela Britton

Jean MacLaren

Virginia Bosler

Sandy Dean

Hayes Gordon

Charlie Dalrymple

Lee Sullivan

Stuart Dalrymple

Delbert Anderson

Harry Beaton

James Mitchell

Mr. Lundie

William Hansen

MacGregor

Earl Redding

THE BRIGADOON CHORUS

Kay Barron, Wanda Cochran, Lois Eastman, Lydia Fredericks, Jeanne Grant, Margaret Hunter, Linda Mason, Virginia Oswald, Eleanore Parker, Shirley Robbins, Faye Elizabeth Smith, Betty Templeton, Arthur Carroll, Michael Raymond, Mark Kramer, Robert Lussier, Tommy Matthews, Keny McCord, John Schmidt, Paul Valin, Jeff Warren

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture

Orchestra

Once in the Highlands

Chorus, Solo Tenor

Brigadoon

Townsfolk

Vendors' Calls

Townsfolk

Down on MacConnachy Square

Townsfolk, Sandy Dean, MacGregor, Stuart Dalrymple, Meg

Waitin' For My Dearie

Fiona and Ladies

The Heather on the Hill

Tommy and Fiona

The Love of My Life

Meg

Jeannie's Packin' Up

Ladies

Come to Me, Bend to Me

Charlie and Chorus

Almost Like Being in Love

Tommy and Fiona

Entrance of the Clans

Piper and Townsfolk

Wedding Dance

Townsfolk

Sword Dance

Harry, Maggie, and Townsfolk

Songs from the Show - Act Two

The Chase

Men

There But For You Go I

Tommy and Fiona

My Mother's Weddin' Day

Meg and Chorus

Funeral

Piper and Townsfolk

From This Day On

Fiona and Tommy

Farewell Music

Fiona, Tommy and Townsfolk

Reprises

Fiona, Charlie and Townsfolk

Finale

Townsfolk, Mr. Lundie and Tommy

 

1995-1996 Production

Presented November 3-11, 1995 at Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean, Ontario

Production Team

Artistic Director/Choreographer

Debbie Miller

Musical Director

Rod Holmes

Producer

Don Lambton

Stage Manager

Neil Monkman

Assistant Stage Manager

Carol Chamberlain

Set Designer/Scenic Artist

Nancy Solman

Apprentice Set Designer

Klaas van Weringh

Costume Designer

Jill Thompson

Assistant Costumer Designer

Bev Whitehead

Apprentice Costumer Designer

Kraig Proulx

Properties

Anne McGuire

Sound Designer

Wayne Chomik

Lighting Designer

John Solman

Make-up Designer

Melva Scott, Robin Monaghan

Hair Designer

Tricia Baldwin

Wardrobe Mistress

Carole Quirk

Master Carpenter

Sid Jelly

Accompanist

Lorna Rice

Cast

Tommy Albright

Tim Magwood

Jeff Douglass

Lawrence Evenchick

Fiona MacLaren

Sheila Craig

Meg Brockie

Cindy Beaton

Jean MacLaren

Lisa Chisholm

Charlie Dalrymple

Frank Duern

Harry Beaton

Paul Melsness

Mr. Lundie

Don Gollan

MacGregor

Brian Burke

Angus MacGuffie

Alec Connelly

Frank

Walt Conrad

Maggie Anderson

Minna Koch

Archie Beaton

Ian McMaster

Jane Ashton

Christine Moran

Stuart Dalrymple

Moe Romanow

Andrew MacLaren

Malcolm Wall

The Piper

Jack Coghill, Jr.

THE BRIGADOON CHORUS

Candy Bossom, Rob Bowman, Tanya Chang, Patrick Donahue, Carole Filion, Judy Follett, Michael Fortier, Jane Gale, Sally Goldberg, Robin Guy, Rachel Hamilton, David Hayes, Ed Lalonde, Alex Latoche, Bob Legare, Elaine Lowe, Annette MacDonald, Katie Mennie, Martha Milne, Christine Moran, Jim Morrison, Mark Mundy, Lesley Osborn, Laura Patriquin, Joan Pratt, Elena Richmond, Jim Robertson, Mary Ellen Vice

Orchestra, Under the direction of Rod Holmes

Violin

Irving Thompson, Ioan Harea, Sophia Pan, Pat Rooney

Viola

Kevin James, Nancy Eadie

Cello

Steven Smith

Bass

Sol Gunner

Keyboard

Stephanie Coward

Flute/Piccolo

Charlie Hendricks

Clarinet

John Hilchie, Dave Ward

Oboe

Angela Casagrande

Bassoon

Jo Ann Simpson

French Horn

Keith Estabrooks

Trumpet

Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud

Trombone

Drummond Hudson

Percussion

Art Beers

Links to Related Sites

Musicals.Net: Brigadoon