Thursday, October 13, 2011
Leaving the cynical city (and its cynical musicals) behind, two men from New York drift out of cell phone range into the Scottish highlands, where they discover an enchanted village that lives only for a day every 100 years, called Brigadoon. There they find new love and a different way to live. But can the magic last, and if it’s lost, can it be found again?
Brigadoon was the first big hit for the legendary team of lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, a partnership that later produced My Fair Lady and Camelot.
The music is classic, and the details of the story has been updated to better reflect the original contrast between the values of modern life and an alternative and perhaps better life and community. “We want to show how it connects to young people today, with the pressures they feel,” said co-director Bernadette Cheyne. “We want the audience to feel that this is about them.”