North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) continues
its 2007 season with a new production of "Seven Brides
For Seven Brothers." This new look, based on the MGM film
of the same name, includes a revised script, new orchestrations and
fresh choreography. Performance dates are May 29 – June 17.
will join forces with two leading regional theaters, Theater
Under the Stars in Houston and Paper Mill Playhouse
in New Jersey for this co-production, which Variety described
as “Rollicking and tuneful! Exuberant family entertainment!”
Set in 1850’s Oregon territory, "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers"
tells the story of Adam and his brothers’ pursuit for brides.
As the eldest of seven brothers, Adam goes into town to find a wife,
convincing a young woman named Milly to marry him the very same day.
They return to his backwoods home with Milly discovering that all six
of Adam’s brothers also live in the log cabin. She sets out to
reform the ill-mannered siblings, who are, of course, anxious to get
wives of their own. Adam then develops an inspired solution to his brothers’
loneliness…kidnap the women they want!
The high energy comedy features a score with lyrics by Johnny
Mercer, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn and music
by Gene de Paul, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn.
Favorite numbers include “Bless Your Beautiful Hide,”
“Love Never Goes Away,” and “Wonderful,
Wonderful Day" along with “I Married
Seven Brothers” and “Where Were You,”
which have been added to this production.
Jon Kimbell, NSMT’s Artistic Director
and Executive Producer, commented, “I am thrilled to bring this
exuberant and stunningly choreographed musical to the NSMT stage. At
NSMT, our mission is to celebrate, perpetuate and invigorate the art
of musical theatre and with 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,' we have
transformed a classic musical and reinvigorated it for today’s
"Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" stars Michelle Dawson
and Edward Watts as Milly and Adam. Dawson
has appeared on Broadway in "Ragtime," "Showboat"
and "Cyrano The Musical," and has
been a part of the national tours of "The Secret Garden,"
"The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" and "Annie." Watts
was Joe in "The Most Happy Fella" and has
appeared in leading roles in many regional theaters, including Goodspeed
Opera, Baltimore Centerstage, Music Theatre of Witchita, Marriott Lincolnshire
and Stages St Louis.
The supporting cast features Margot de la Barre, Randy
Bobish, Christian Delcroix, Stephanie Fittro, Christina Rae Hedrick,
Sarah Marie Jenkins, Travis Kelley , Luke Longacre, Kate Marilley, Denise
Payne, Eric Sciotto and Karl Warden.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 62 Dunham Road
in Beverly, call 978-232-7200 or visit www.nsmt.org
Audience Enrichment Events:
Post show audience discussion with the artists on June 5 and
6 (after the 7:30 p.m. performance) and June 16
(after the 2 p.m. performance).
on History - June 10
A free pre-show discussion focusing on historical issues related to
at the North Shore - June 14
An evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post show reception.
Gerry Goodstein, Courtesy of Paper Mill Playhouse