Première Preview: InconnuPremière: jeudi 13 mars 1947Dernière: samedi 31 juillet 1948
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1947-03-Broadway Original CastStars:Date de sortie:1947-03-??Type de CD:Stage Cast •Nombre de CD:1 pour un total de 10 tracksArtistes:Delbert Anderson; Carroll Arthur; Marion Bell; Virginia Bosler; Pamela Britton; David Brooks; Lydia Fredericks; Hayes Gordon; Jeanne Grant; Bill Hansen; Mark Kramer; Linda Mason; Ken McCord; James Mitchell; Virginia Oswald; Eleanor Parker; Earl Redding; Shirley Robbins; John Schmidt; Lee Sullivan; Betty Templeton; Paul Valin; Jeff WarrenTracks:01. Overture - Once in the Highlands - Brigadoon
02. Down on MacConnachy Square
03. Waitin' for My Dearie
04. I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean
05. The Heather on the Hill
06. Come to Me, Bend to Me
07. Almost Like Being in Love
08. There But For You Go I
09. My Mother's Wedding Day
10. From This Day on - BrigadoonCommentaires:From All Music Guide: The tale of an 18th-century Scottish village that travels through time and its romantic encounter with two 20th-century visitors became the first major hit written by the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. It features "Almost like Being in Love." ~ William Ruhlmann
From Videohound Soundtracks: 1988, RCA Victor; from the Broadway production Brigadoon, 1947., Critical Rating: 5, A musical about a Scottish village which reappears for one day every hundred years and the two American travelers that stumble upon it seems a fairly unlikely proposition for a hit Broadway show. However, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe succeeded admirably. While the score is near perfection, it does vacillate a bit between traditional musical comedy and the new style of musical play. Regardless, the tunes and lyrics are easily hummed and remain in the memory long after the album ends. In the 1947 original cast album, Marion Bell is lovely as Fiona, the Highland lass who falls in love with the American Tommy, ardently sung by David Bell. Lee Sullivan is a winning Charlie Dalrymple and Pamela Britton enthusiastically sings only one of Meg Brockie's two numbers. This release gets the highest rating in spite of too many cuts and rather ordinary monaural sound. While the 1954 film has beautiful settings and costumes and well-seasoned performers, it doesn't measure up to the original Broadway production. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the soundtrack. The orchestrations are beautifully done, the singing is more than acceptable and the sound is in stereo, but the score is cut to shreds and several wonderful songs are not included, although a few outtakes and much dance music previously unavailable are. Gene Kelly, Carol Richards and Van Johnson do their best, but there is a certain blandness that affected many of the era's big MGM musicals taken from the Broadway theater. For its most recent incarnation, the 1992 studio cast, John McGlinn did a wonderful job recreating a theatrical atmosphere within the sterile confines of the recording studio. In fact, the recording is so spectacular, you can almost feel the mist of the Scottish Highlands drift out from your speakers. Arguably, there are no better performers in the Broadway theater today than the ones chosen for this recording. Rebecca Luker is a lovely, charming Fiona MacLaren, with Brent Barrett a strong, yet sensitive Tommy Albright. Judy Kaye portrays Meg Brockie as a lusty Highland wench and John Mark Ainsley as Charlie Dalrymple sings his songs from the heart. The Ambrosian Chorus and the London Sinfonietta play as if the music were in their blood, which is a very high compliment from this corner. Don't miss this extraordinary recording in terrific, modern stereo digi sound
A Brigadoon, en Écosse, deux Américains rencontrent un village, frappé d'une malédiction qui le fait n'exister qu'un jour par siècle. Les habitants du village vivent donc au milieu du XVIIIe siècle. L'un des deux voyageurs, Tommy s'éprend d'une jeune habitante de ce village, Fiona. Celle-ci ne peut quitter le village pour l'accompagner à New-York où il vit : si un seul habitant du village s'éloigne, Brigadoon restera à jamais dans les ténèbres. De retour à New York, Tommy réalise que Brigadoon lui manque ; il repart aussitôt. Sur place, le village a disparu. Un miracle a lieu : Brigadoon émerge des brumes. Tommy retrouve Fiona et partagera le destin des habitants de Brigadoon.Synopsis complet
Génèse du musical
The critic George Jean Nathan wrote that Lerner's book was based on a much older German story by Friedrich Gerstäcker, later translated by Charles Brandon Schaeffer, about the mythical village of Germelshausen that fell under an evil magic curse. In 1947, memories of World War II were too fresh to present a German-themed musical on Broadway, so Lerner reimagined the story in Scotland, complete with kilts, bonnie lassies, bagpipes, Highland flings and "Heather on the Hill".
However, in his memoirs, The Street Where I Live, Lerner denied that he had based the book on an older story. He writes that after New York Times critic George Nathan had accused him of stealing the plot the Times "called and offered me space to answer him, which I did, labelling the whole accusation as rubbish and documenting the developments of [the] play into the final product." He goes on to write, "Nevertheless, to this day chroniclers of the musical theater invariably state Brigadoon was based on a folk tale and give Nathan as their authority."
Lerner's name for his imaginary locale was probably based on a well-known Scottish landmark, the Brig o' Doon (Bridge of Doon), in Alloway, Scotland, in the heart of Robert Burns country. According to Burns's poem "Tam o'Shanter", this 13th century stone bridge is where the legendary Tam o' Shanter fled on his horse Meg in order to escape from three witches who were chasing him. Other sources suggest that the fictional village's name was constructed from the Celtic word "briga", which means "town" (such as in the old city names of Segobriga and Brigantium) and the Scottish Gaelic "dùn", which means a fort, e.g., Dundee or Dunfermline. The name may also be a reference to the Celtic Goddess Brigid, as in "Brigid's Hill". See also Alloway and D. Myers for another interpretation.
The original Broadway production, directed by Robert Lewis and choreographed by Agnes de Mille, opened March 13, 1947, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for 581 performances. It starred David Brooks as Tommy, Marion Bell as Fiona, Lee Sullivan as Charlie, James Mitchell as Harry, and Pamela Britton as Meg. The concertmistress of the orchestra was noted American violinist Joan Field. De Mille won the Tony Award for Best Choreography, and Bell and Mitchell won the Theatre World Award. The production enjoyed an extended North American tour.
The musical's original West End production opened on April 14, 1949, at Her Majesty's Theatre, running for 685 performances. It starred Philip Hanna as Tommy, Patricia Hughes as Fiona, James Jamieson as Harry, and Noele Gordon as Meg.
The musical was revived at New York City Center in May 1950. and returned to Broadway seven years later, directed by George H. Englund and choreographed by De Mille, opening on April 15, 1957, at the Adelphi Theatre, where it ran for 24 performances. The cast included David Atkinson, Helen Gallagher, Patricia Birch, and Marilyn Cooper. Another Broadway revival, directed by John Fearnley and choreographed by De Mille, opened on January 30, 1963, at New York City Center, where it ran for 16 performances. The cast included Peter Palmer, Russell Nype, Sally Ann Howes, and Edward Villella. It was Tony-nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Howes), Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Conductor and Musical Director.
The next Broadway revival, directed by Vivian Matalon and choreographed by De Mille, opened on October 16, 1980, at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 133 performances and eight previews. The cast included Meg Bussert, Martin Vidnovic, and John Curry. Vidnovic received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Bussert earned a Tony nomination and won the Theatre World Award, and the production was Tony-nominated for Best Reproduction.
New York City Opera has staged the musical in 1986 and 1991.
The musical was revived in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre, opening on October 25, 1988, and closing August 5, 1989, starring Robert Meadmore (Tommy), Jacinta Mulcahy, and Lesley Mackie. The director was Roger Redfarn and de Mille's dances were rechoreographed by Tommy Shaw. The Times reviewer noted that those dances were "the main source of the magic."
Liste des chansons
Prelude (Once In The Highlands)
Down On MacConnachy Square
Waitin' For My Dearie
I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean
The Heather On The Hill
Rain Exorcism †
The Love Of My Life
Jeannie's Packin' Up
Come To Me, Bend To Me
Almost Like Being In Love
Wedding Dance ‡
The Sword Dance ‡
There But For You Go I
Steps Stately †
Drunken Reel †
My Mother's Wedding Day
From This Day On
Reprises: Come To Me, Bend to Me / The Heather on the Hill / From This Day On
† Added in 1980 Revival
‡ Moved to Act II in 1980 Revival
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