Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Original dances created by Agnes de Mille

The Brigadoon

  • About the Show

    One of the most intriguing and delightful aspects of a musical show is its ability to open up a whole new world to both its audience and cast. The show that does this better than any other is BRIGADOON. This is a Scottish fantasy about a town that disappears into the Highland mist and returns for only one day every one hundred years. It includes Waitin’ for My Dearie, I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean, Come to Me, Bend to Me, Almost Like Being in Love, There But for You Go I, The Heather on the Hill and My Mother’s Weddin’ Day. This is a tribute to simplicity, true love and goodness, which is hidden from the ordinary traveler.

    Synopsis

    “Once in the Highlands, the Highlands of Scotland, two weary hunters lost their way.” It is this desolate situation which Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, two young New Yorkers, are contemplating when the curtain rises on a misty glen in Scotland. As the two exhausted men reflect on what they have forsaken in the States for their present predicament, a lift in the Highland veil reveals to them the awakening village of Brigadoon; a village which comes into being for only one day in each century.
    The strained and strange greetings of the villagers bedecked in 18th century costumes, who have gathered in the market square to sell their wares and to discuss the final wedding preparations of Jeannie MacLaren and the boyish Charlie Dalrymple, are softened for Tommy by his encounter with Jeannie’s lovely sister, Fiona, and enlivened for Jeff by his reluctant entanglement with the maid, Meg Brockie.
    The blissful occasion is momentarily tinged with gloom when the fate of Brigadoon is threatened by Harry Beaton, Jeannie’s rejected suitor. And Tommy, now burdened with the knowledge of Brigadoon’s secret and enraptured by the gentle charms of the beautiful Fiona, is confronted with the choice of remaining forever at the side of the Scottish lass or returning to the unsatisfying world familiar to him. At the close of the day he is still unable to commit himself without doubt or regret to Fiona and to Brigadoon, and leaves with Jeff for America.
    Restless and unhappy in New York, Tommy finally yields to the haunting memory of Fiona and, guided by the faith and strength of his love, finds his way back to Brigadoon.
    The misty mood of this Highland setting is strikingly complemented by bright 18th century costuming, contrasting the idyllic Brigadoon villagers with the malcontent young hunters. The fanciful flavor is augmented by superb choreography by Agnes de Mille which gracefully mingles the regional with the modern. An outstanding band orchestration by Philip J. Lang, as well as the standard orchestral accompaniment, offer a memorable resonance to the production.

    Like Tommy, the audience delights in the whimsical loveliness of the Highlands, and it is with similar reluctance that they exit Brigadoon.

    Show tunes include Almost Like Being in Love, The Heather on the Hill, There but for You Go I, Come to Me, Bend to Me, My Mother’s Wedding Day, I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean and Waitin’ for My Dearie.

    Casting Information

    Andrew MacLaren:
    Father of Fiona & Jean, a hearty soul in his late fifties. He is a bit pompous and has a loud and gruff voice.

    Angus MacGuffie:
    Middle thirties, sells eggs, milk and cream in MacConnachy Square with Meg. (Opt. Baritone voice. Non-singing if solo lines in #22 CHASE are given to MacGregor)

    Archie Beaton:
    A kind-looking Scot about 50, sells wool, plaids, etc.

    Charlie Dalrymple:
    A sandy-haired youth in his twenties, he is betrothed to Jean.

    Fiona MacLaren:
    Graceful and altogether lovely, she is about twenty-two or three. She is bright, has a gentle sense of humor and is completely frank to the point of being often quite disarming.

    Frank:
    New York, a bartender.

    Harry Beaton:
    Archie’s son, about 24, slender and extremely sensitive-looking. (Dancer)

    Jane Ashton:
    New York, she is in her late twenties, chic, very attractive, though perhaps a little severe; engaged to Tommy.

    Jean MacLaren:
    Attractive, shy and diffident, she is about eighteen. She is betrothed to Charlie Dalrymple. (Dancer)

    Jeff Douglas:
    About 35, retiring and good natured.

    Kate:
    A friend of Jean’s.

    Meg Brockie:
    With Angus, she sells milk and cream in MacConnachy Square.

    Mr. Lundie:
    A quaint Scottish school master in his late fifties. Wears glasses and a red Tam O’ Shanter. He is kind, his manner entirely benign, and he speaks with little trace of emotion. He is the “Dominie” of Brigadoon. His “accent” is pronounced, but he is always intelligible.

    Stuart Dalrymple:
    Sells woolen clothes in MacConnachy Square. (Chorus solo tenor voice.)

    Tommy Albright:
    About 30 years old, medium height, virile looking, with an attractive but sensitive face.

    Maggie Anderson:
    Has a “yearnin’” for Harry Beaton. (Dancer, non-speaking)

    Sandy Dean:
    Bass voice, sells candy in MacConnachy Square. (non-speaking)

    MacGregor:
    Sells salted meat in MacConnachy Square. (Chorus, solo baritone voice, non-speaking. Opt. may take ANGUS’ solo lines in #22 CHASE)

    Fishmonger:
    (non-speaking. Girl dancer in “Bonnie Jean Ballet”)

    Sword Dancers:
    Two men (non-speaking)

    Bagpipers:
    Two men (non-speaking)

    Townsfolk of Brigadoon

    Singers – 24
    Dancers – 20

    Orchestration

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute – Piccolo
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II
    1 Bassoon

    1 Horn
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 Drums)
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Bass Drum
    Field Drum
    Tom Tom
    Cymbals
    Glockenspiel
    Chimes
    Temple Blocks

    1 Piano & Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

    Optional additional materials are available (see list under Rehearsal Materials).

    Wind Band Arrangement

    1 Flutes I & II
    1 Oboes I & II
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II
    1 Clarinet III
    1 Alto Clarinet
    1 Bass Clarinet
    1 Bassoons I & II
    1 Alto Saxophone I
    1 Alto Saxophone II
    1 Tenor Saxophone
    1 Baritone Saxophone

    1 Horns I & II
    1 Horns III & IV
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Trombone III
    1 Euphonium
    1 Tuba
    1 String Bass

    1 Timpani
    1 Percussion

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