Brilliant BrigadoonBrigadoon, presented by The Musical Theatre Guild, October 24 - 27, in Kresge Little Theatre.$3 with MIT ID.
Brigadoon is a musical about two men from New York who travel to Scotland and find themselves in unusual circumstances. They lose their way and end up in a town, where a miracle had occurred 200 years earlier. The story of Brigadoon tells how these two men relate this miracle to their own lives.
The Musical Theatre Guild reaffirmed the "Theatre" aspect of their name with highly commendable acting. Jeff Douglas, (played by Jonathan Glickman G) performed extraordinarily well. His character is a man who only believes in what he sees, feels and drinks. The sarcastic wit of Douglas provides much of the humor throughout the play.
Another fine performance was given by Mr. Lundie, (played by Ned Heard) the scholar of the town. Heard magnificently portrayed the sage-like demeanor of his character. At the turning point of the play, Mr. Lundie reveals the secret of Brigadoon and thereafter provides a father-like, guiding authority for the characters in the second act.
The dramatic element of the show was equalled by the musical talent of the actors, as well as that of the orchestra. The lead characters had consistently strong voices; only a couple seemed to have trouble at the extreme edges of their ranges.
Wendy Hunter who played Fiona MacLaren, had a wonderful voice that carried well and blended with the chorus of her supporting singers. In her duet with Richard French, (who plays Tommy Albright) The Heather on the Hill, their voices swelled together harmoniously, pleasing the audience's ear. Another strong singer was Robyn Allyson Bradford (W '86) who played Meg Brockie. In her songs, The Love of my Life and My Mother's Wedding Day, Ms. Bradford's voice radiated the bawdiness that was crucial to her gypsy character.
The orchestra added a very professional touch to the production. It was never too powerful to drown out the performers yet was sufficiently assertive when the curtain was closed. The sets were simple but effective. They were especially well executed considering that the size of the stage was so restricting. The choreography was also impressive considering that Kresge Little Theatre stage is only slightly larger than a Baker quad.
Brigadoon is an amusing musical. It is full of humor, romance, and entertainment. Should you have not seen this play, I urge you to attend, before it disappears, like Brigadoon.