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F Loewe: Brigadoon

Magazine article Gramophone

F Loewe: Brigadoon

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F Loewe


Cast includes Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson; New York City Center 2017 Cast / Rob Berman

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Of all Lerner and Loewe's Broadway shows--and it's a small but perfectly formed list--Brigadoon has to be my favourite. My Fair Lady is undoubtedly one of only a handful of musicals that could be described as perfect but Brigadoon, for all its whimsy and imperfection, has my heart. Now and for ever. It contains the most beguiling set of drop-dead gorgeous melodies--few shows are as generous on ballads--and however fanciful and/or dubious its Scottish accent, its big-heartedness is irresistible.

New York City Center Encores--an NYC haven for neglected or forgotten shows--has now revived the show six times, a testament to its enduring appeal, and this latest manifestation with the delectable Kelli O'Hara as Fiona is most welcome. Indeed, just hearing O'Hara slip effortlessly into the lilting chorus of her first number, 'Waitin' for my dearie', was all the persuading I needed.

All right, so the original Broadway orchestrations (charming though they are) are no match for Conrad Salinger's sumptuous feast of swooning strings and descanting unison horns in the MGM movie--'Heather on the hill' will never be the same without them or Gene Kelly, for that matter--but the producers were brutal over the length of the film and denied us four numbers, including Meg's two comedy turns and, more inexplicably, the great ballads 'Come to me, bend to me' and 'There but for you go I', which were recorded for the film but later excluded. …

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