Thursday, January 06, 2005

Guess I didn't have a scoop for long

So FMT artistic director Jay Manley told me the scoop on the summer show was "publishable."

And then proceeded to send a mass email announcing it. Although I'm sure it only went to a few hundred of his closest colleagues, I still think my sharing of this info won't be news to many of our readers here.


So, the summer show will be "Brigadoon" by Lerner & Loewe.

Here's what Jay has to say about it:

"I wanted you to know that Lerner and Loewe's "Brigadoon" will be our summer 2005 presentation in the Smithwick Theatre. We've been working on the show and plan to give it a tight and fresh interpretation. "Brigadoon" possesses one of the truly great musical scores from Broadway's "Golden Age." There are many opportunities for leading and supporting players, and a need for a very active ensemble that sings a lot and can sing really well. AND, as one of the early creations of Agnes DeMille, it is a show with lots of great dance, so we'll be looking for wonderful dancers, as well. For our production, Brandon Adams will be music director, Tyler Risk choreographer, and my trusted associate Mary Welty-Dapkus as my strong right arm. Joe Ragey, Janis Bergmann and Kurt Landisman will be lending their considerable talents to set, costume and lighting design to give this "Brigadoon" an exciting new look.

Auditions for "Brigadoon" will be held on Saturday, March 12 and 14, with callbacks the following weekend. Rehearsals will begin in late May or early June, with performances scheduled between July 22 and August 14. Auditions will be publicized with a mailed flier, as well as through Callboard and other audition channels.

We hope many of you will join us for this exciting new project. And please don't miss "Sweeney Todd," in our intimate Playhouse, opening February 18.

I did this show, gulp, 25 years ago...and I will dredge up some recollections to share with you soon.

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