The Alhambra Theatre opened the second show of the 2011 season, with the family friendly musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It continues through May 22, with performances every evening except Monday, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
Although this musical debuted on Broadway, this is the first North Florida production. Why? The musical features great dance numbers, requiring many dancers. Unless you live in a very large city, like New York or Chicago, there are just not enough dancers for Community Theater to mount a production. Director Tod Booth selected his dancing and singing talent from all over the USA.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was one of the top movie musicals of the 1950s, and in fact holds a place in the Top Ten MGM Musicals of all time. It opened on Broadway, and the score was nominated for a Tony. It was revived in 2007 at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, with some new songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn joining the original Johnny Mercer tunes.
The simple plot goes like this. Adam, the eldest of seven fur-trapping brothers in 1850 in Oregon Territory brings home a wife, Milly after a whirlwind courtship. She begins to civilize the other six, who realize the merits of women and are ready to look for romances of their own. The brothers wind up kidnapping six of the lovely damsels in a nearby town, and then bring them back to the homestead, where all the fun begins.