Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director; produced playwright (21 plays). Scripts pub. Currency Press. She worked as actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate was Head of Drama/Teacher, NMIT; Coordinator of Prof. Writing/ Editing, Swinburne Uni. Read her reviews here or: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Monday, 30 October 2017
Brigadoon, Oct 28, 2017 ****
Book & Lyrics by Alan
Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe
The Production Company At State
Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, until Nov 5, 2017 Reviewer: Kate Herbert on Sat Oct 28, 2017 Stars: ****
Review also published in Herald Sun Arts online on Mon Oct 30, 2017 & later in print (31/10). KH
Brigadoon - Genevieve Kingsford & cast - pic Jeff Busby
Loewe’s Brigadoon is a deliciously
old-fashioned, musical rom-com set in a magical, 17th century Scottish
village that materialises out of the mist for only one day every 100 years.
Langley’s production transposes the period from 1947 to 2017 when rich boy, Tommy (Rohan Browne), andhis jaded friend, Jeff (Luke Joslin), who are New Yorkers on
a tourist trek through Scotland, stumble upon this fairy tale place.
their single day in this mythical place, Tommy falls in love with copper-haired
beauty, Fiona (Genevieve Kingsford),
while Jeff fights off the advances of brazen Meg (Elise McCann).
by the on stage orchestra under Michael Tyack’s musical direction, the cast provides
a feast of musical numbers including Almost Like Being In Love, the memorable love
duet sung by Browne and Kingsford.
Browne is magnetic and
roguish as Tommy, adding another dimension to the character with his skilful
and sprightly dance moves, while Kingsford’s
rich, powerful soprano is perfect for the spirited Fiona, and her duet with Browne, The Heather on the Hill,
is warm and charming.
Manahan is boisterously upbeat as
bridegroom, Charlie, and he vivaciously leads the ensemble in I’ll Go Home With
garners laughs as the glib and cynical Jeff while McCann is suitably brassy and
seductive as Meg and Nancye Hayes plays the restructured role of Mrs. Forsythe
stage design (Christina Smith) provides space for vibrantchoreography (Cameron Mitchell) while the hanging wooden crosses that
protect the village from the evils of the outside world lend a darker edge to
the village story.
is performed infrequently, but the audience’s response to its rollicking tunes,
magical landscape and romantic narrative suggests that it should materialise
out of the Scottish mists more often.