Brigadoon

Musical with lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe.

While touring the Scottish Highlands, two American tourists stumble upon a Scottish village that awakes for just one day every 100 years. With the songs 'Waitin' For My Dearie' and 'It's Almost Like Being in Love'.

Original West End London Production 1949 at His Majesty's Theatre

1st West End London Revival 1988 at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Lerner and Loewe's other West End musicals include Gigi, My Fair Lady and Paint Your Wagon.


Original West End London Production 1949

Opened 14 April 1949, Closed 4 November 1950 at His Majesty's Theatre (now Her Majesty's Theatre)

The original cast featured Philip Hanna as 'Tommy Albright', Hiram Sherman as 'Jeff Douglas', Patricia Hughes as 'Fiona MacKeith', Noele Gordon as 'Meg Brockie', and James MacGregor Jamieson as 'Harry Ritchie', with Ivor Barnard as 'Mr Murdoch', Freddie Costello as 'Frank', Peter Dyneley as 'Angus MacMonies', Robert Harrold as 'Sword Dancer', Robert Hill as 'Piper', Edward Hyde as 'MacGregor', Wilfred Johns as 'Sandy', Bunty Kelley as 'Jean MacKeith', Janet MacFarlane as 'Jane Ashton', Noelle de Mosa as 'Maggie Abernethy', Bill O'Connor as 'Charlie Cameron', John Rea as 'Donald Ritchie', Roy Roser as 'Stuart Cameron', David Ross as 'Piper', Roy Russell as 'Andrew MacKeith', Daphne Starling as 'Fishmonger', James White as 'Sword Dancer', and an ensemble of 39 singers and dancers as the 'Townsfolk of Brigadoon'.

Directed by Robert Lewis, with choreography by James MacGregor Jamieson from the original by Agnes de Mille.


1st West End London Revival 1988

Previewed 21 October 1988, Opened 25 October 1988, Closed 5 August 1989 at the Victoria Palace Theatre

A major revival of Lerner and Loewe's musical Brigadoon in London starring Robert Meadmore and Jacinta Mulcahy

The cast featured Robert Meadmore as 'Tommy Albright', Jacinta Mulcahy as Fiona MacKeith', Robin Nedwell as 'Jeff Douglas', and Lesley Mackie as 'Meg Brockie', with Allan Adams as 'Stuart', Dave Brooks as 'Piper', Maurice Clarke as 'Charlie Cameron', Scott Davies as 'Sandy', Carrie Ellis as 'Jane Ashton', Myles Freeman as 'Sword Dancer', Donald Jones as 'MacGregor', Fraser Kerr as 'Andrew McKeith', Stephen Lubmann as 'Sword Dancer', Ian Mackenzie Stewart as 'Harry Ritchie', Leonard Maguire as 'Mr Murdoch', David McEwan as 'Angus MacMonies', Ralph Meanley as 'Mr Cameron', Jamie Miller-Coburn as 'Donald Ritchie', Jo-Anne Sale as 'Jean MacKeith', Tony Stansfield as 'Frank', Sorkina Tate as 'Maggie Abernethy', and an ensemble of 24 singers and dancers as the 'Townsfolk of Brigadoon'. Directed by Roger Redfarn, with choreography by Tommy Shaw, designs by Martin Johns, lighting by Chris Ellis, and sound by Rick Clarke.

"One of the greatest mysteries in life has finally been solved by this new production of Lerner and Loewe's first big musical hit. Despite all the persistent rumours to the contrary, Scotsmen do wear something under their kilts. Indeed, they could hardly do otherwise here where the vigorous Scottish dancing renders it pretty damned imperative. Checking out such important sartorial details is not the only attraction — this is the most joyously robust show to be seen in the West End since the RSC's Kiss Me Kate. Big-hearted Brigadoon deserves to be a considerable success. It is gloriously sung, particularly by Robert Meadmore, excellently acted and staged with almost cinematic atmosphere." The Daily Express

"In the 40 years since its first production, Lerner and Loewe's Highland fairy-tale has become a byword for the American musical's flight from life: a bland romance, insulated from the hard-boiled realities of Guys and Dolls and Pal Joey. To proclaim the merits of this, their first Broadway hit, the authors sub-titled it, 'a whimsical musical fantasy'. Encountering the show for the first time in Roger Redfarn's smashing revival, I am struck by the barefaced mendacity of that description... Appearing three years after Oklahoma!, this is a book musical that still exhibits Loewe's Viennese origins as well as Lerner's ultra-smooth lyrical ingenuity. In that idiom, its numbers abound in melody that sustains the sensation of awakening joy. 'Almost Like Being in Love' is only the best known. And they justify their interruptions of the narrative because the feeling is genuine. But the central idiom is Scots-American; the folk idiom is discreetly bent, not trampled underfoot. Visually, Scottish dancing is the mainstay of the show... Agnes de Mille's dances, re-choreographed by Tommy Shaw, are, the main source of the magic. The production is also well-endowed with accomplished musical-comedy voices." The Times

"It's the biggest load of sentimentality to hit the West End in years - and who cares? Brigadoon is a delight. This revival of Lerner and Loewe's musical about a village which appears out of the Scottish mists once every century is glorious escapism. Producer Ronnie Lee specialises in nostalgia, yet with Brigadoon introduces a wealth of stunning new talent and golden-voiced Jacinta Mulcahy of Les Miserables in the lead role." The Daily Mirror

Brigadoon in London at the Victoria Palace Theatre previewed from 21 October 1988, opened on 25 October 1988 and closed 5 August 1989