Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Real Brigadoon

Courtesy of cast member Ian Teter, we have some info on the real Brigadoon.

The REAL Brigadoon
No, there is no real enchanted village which appears every hundred years, but there is a real place in Scotland which bears the name of Brigadoon. Lerner is said to have adapted the name of his fictitious locale from the Brig O’ Doon (Bridge of Doon) in Alloway, Scotland. This bridge is featured in the famous poem Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns.

Also of interest is the following story:
"After the New York opening and a flood of love letters from the critics, there was a small controversy. Critic George Jean Nathan accused Lerner of stealing his story from a German legend called “Germelshausen”, the tale of a similar hamlet which awoke once a century. Lerner reported in his memoirs that Nathan was in love with the leading lady Marion Bell, and when he found out that she was already engaged to Lerner, he struck back at his rival with a charge of plagiarism." –from David Sheward’s It’s A Hit!

So, drum roll please, here's a picture of the real Bridge of Doon (Why do I read Bridge of Doom every time I see that?)

Thanks Ian!

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