New York City Center brought the Lerner and Loewe classic, Brigadoon, out of the Highland mist for the musical’s 70th anniversary in a star-studded concert production that united celebrated talents from the worlds of stage and screen.
Patrick Wilson (two-time Tony Award nominee, Oklahoma! and The Full Monty) is Tommy Albright and Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) is his friend Jeff Douglas — both are jaded New Yorkers who stumble into an idyllic Scottish town that appears for only one day every century. Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) is Fiona, the woman who quickly steals Tommy’s heart. Stephanie J. Block (two-time Tony Award nominee, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Falsettos) is Meg Brockie, Fiona’s flirty dairymaid best friend who takes a liking to Jeff.
Robert Fairchild (Tony Award nominee for An American in Paris) plays the rebellious Harry Beaton who is in love with Fiona’s younger sister, Jean (Sara Esty, An American in Paris). However, Jean is getting married to Charlie Dalrymple (Ross Lekites, Kinky Boots), which sends Harry into a rage—causing him to jeopardise the very existence of the mystical village of Brigadoon.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris), Brigadoon was brought to life by 59 Productions with an asymmetric set design evoking the musical’s Highland setting and painterly projections transporting the audience from village life to New York city lights.