Brigadoon is a charming, archetypal 50’s musical with some beautiful tunes (by Frederick Loewe), and a sweet story (by Alan Jay Lerner) all unchallenging and quite entertaining. This production has some appropriately charming moments, within a somewhat pedestrian style presentation with all the hallmarks of an old fashioned, 50’s musical.

Real bagpipes as an opener and to accompany the sword dance provided a nice touch. But as soon as the orchestra started, it was apparent that it was drum heavy and trumpet dominant.

There was some beautiful dancing, and well executed choreography by Carmel Vistoli, but in some instances it was hard to see what it had to do with the story.

There was some lovely singing from Elizabeth Riley as Fiona, and Daniel Fleming as Tommy. Especially appealing was Jared Frost’s Charlie, in “Come to Me, Bend to Me”, and providing the perfect high notes in “I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean”. The ensemble singing was fine in the fast and jolly bits, but experienced some difficulty with balance and blend in the soft oozy ones.

Jacinta Vistoli as Meg showed great cabaret style presence in her dancing and singing, but her words were lost in her accent. There were some effective sets by Director, Leonie Osborn, but we could see the changes being made though the scrim.

There was some apposite characterisation by Barry Hill as Mr. Murdoch, and Jeff Douglas as Angus had some nice moments too, although some of his lines lost something in the delivery.

Nevertheless, the charm and music of this show shines through, as an indestructible classic, providing a very pleasant reminder of a century gone by.

The Metropolitan Music Theatre Co. of SA presents
music by Frederick Loewe | book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Director Leonie Osborn

Venue: Arts Theatre | 53 Angus Street, Adelaide
Dates: May 9 – 18, 2013

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