Audiences on Brigadoon

Audiences on Brigadoon

Posted by: at 06/25/2014 01:51 PM

Let us know what you thought of Brigadoon!

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  • Posted by: Donna Harvey at 06/29/2014 10:04 AM
    Loved the show last night! Well worth the drive into the city.
  • Posted by: The Hoffstadters at 06/29/2014 04:06 PM
    We were indeed delighted, and awed, by the opening night of "Brigadoon." The casting, the set design, the lighting, the special effects, the costumes, the dance... simply no false notes. I'm too young to remember the movie, which is likely the only way I would've seen "Brigadoon." But I was surprised at how many songs I knew by heart. It's a puzzle to me. Maybe my parents owned a cast album from Broadway? I am somewhat fearful that critics may raise the specter of the age of the material and whine that it's "dated" or "antique." But we admire the craftsmanship that creates antiques. And Lerner and Lowe WERE craftsmen. Oh. And it hasn't escaped our attention that Scotland has a big secession vote coming up! How timely of you!
  • Posted by: Stephen Lovelette at 07/10/2014 01:14 PM
    The voices were tremendous. The dancing exquisite. The story is timeless. Who is the first violin? She plays in the pit, comes to the stage in costume, returns to the pit and never misses a downbeat or note and adds tremendously to the production! I love the play and loved the Goodman production.
  • Posted by: Astrid Fuller at 07/11/2014 08:15 AM
    Found it thoroughly delightful
  • Posted by: JoanP at 07/15/2014 04:29 PM
    I saw the show in previews, and can only assume from the comments that Goodman fixed a MAJOR issue with the sound. My hearing is good, and not particularly sensitive. But I had to walk out before the end of the first act because the sound was so loud and blaring that my ears hurt. I actually had to cover them before I reached the point where I couldn't take it any more. Many of the lyrics during the ensemble pieces could not be understood, though whether that was poor diction on the part of the singers, or the bad sound system, I don't know.
  • Posted by: Vinay Kumar at 07/19/2014 11:13 PM
    Brigadoon was a feast for the eyes and ears. I am not much of a Broadway fan so I went with some trepidations. But my apprehensions turned into delight. Goodman did what Broadway often fails to accomplish. A large production that seems intimate. Stagecraft that would be the envy of any Broadway stage in NY.. Goodman does not often produce such shows, which is good. We need serious theater and Goodman fills a void. Congratulation to all the actors and all those who work behind the scenes. Not to forget the wonderful orchestra.
  • Posted by: Carol at 07/20/2014 10:01 AM
    Saw it last night and it was wonderful. The characters draw you in immediately and are full of humor as well as talent. No flaws. Production was perfect in all ways. The orchestra, choreography and sets were simply transporting.
  • Posted by: Wendy at 07/20/2014 10:43 AM
    What I liked: The costumes, visual effects, dancing and music. What I didn't like: The acting, especially for the two men from the modern world, left a great deal lacking. I never felt that 'Tommy' was really in love whereas Fionna was clearly in love (bless her hear). Some of the other acting was great and some was less than great. But, in general, the acting was not up to the quality of Goodman Theatre. What is going on?
  • Posted by: Paul at 07/23/2014 09:32 AM
    My wife and saw Brigadoon last evening 47 years after we first met when we were involved with our high school production of this play. The set design and performers were outstanding. This was a glorious adaptation of a musical with great music and lyrics. Terrific choreography. I highly recommend you see Brigadoon before its smash Broadway opening!
  • Posted by: Alan Mack at 07/24/2014 08:06 AM
    The first rate cast brings life to this newly written production. Perhaps Broadway is next? A super evening at the Goodman!
  • Posted by: Susan HB at 07/24/2014 01:27 PM
    I had the pleasure of seeing Brigadoon last evening and every time those gorgeous voices sang (Fiona and Tommy) I was smiling from ear to ear. It was a wonderful, professional, enjoyable, interesting and delightful production. I was skeptical about seeing it as I remember not being too fond of the movie oh so many years ago. But Goodman's Brigadoon should be picked up and taken right to Broadway! Don't miss it!
  • Posted by: Barbara at 07/24/2014 10:29 PM
    great singing and dancing BUT the theater is MUCH too cold. Please raise the temperature! Cold air blowing right on me keeps me from enjoying the show.
  • Posted by: DAVID UTECH at 07/26/2014 03:42 PM
    Attended the July 25 production with 9 friends. Six of us had been in the high school production of Brigadoon at Luther High School South 53 years ago. We were blown away by the Goodman's sets and music, and the great singers and dancers and actors. One of us bemoaned the fact that we were unable to make a videotape of our production so many years ago. My feeing is that our high school show lives on gloriously in our memories, but a video of the actual production would pale miserably by comparison with the Goodman pros. Such wonderful songs and dances, gloriously brought to life in a new way by Goodman. Thanks for the memories
  • Posted by: Jo Ann Bergmann at 08/03/2014 09:10 AM

    Saw Brigadoon yesterday with my sister in law....WONDERFUL performance and Tommy and Fiona's voices were absolutely angelic.....thank you Goodman.

  • Posted by: Kathy Kastilahn at 08/03/2014 10:38 PM

    The production is spectacular-- from the Goodman-trademark innovative scenery to dance, by turns exhuberant and exquisite, to glorious singing. So much that's marvelous! And the romance of the young lovers becomes an embrace of all that is fine in the world. This "Brigadoon" offers deep joy to anyone who gets lost there.

  • Posted by: Sandy Lentz at 08/08/2014 12:14 PM
    Absolutely loved it...the dancing was marvelous, the voices ( especially the leads) were excellent....but I hated the body miking. 'way too loud! I'm used to theater and Lyric, with no mikes. Brigadoon's voices would all have carried nicely without the mikes.
  • Posted by: Ricky Roth at 08/08/2014 12:54 PM
    Thank you for one of the best musical adaptations we have ever seen. I have been in love with Brigadoon since high school and was ecstatic to see it. The singing was amazing as was the dancing. BRAVO!
  • Posted by: Dennis J. Newman at 08/11/2014 10:57 AM
    My wife Kathleen and I saw the 2pm matinee yesterday, 8/10/14, of "Brigadoon." I have a number of thoughts, for what they're worth: 1) Overall: wonderful, wonderful production. I'm a semi-retired church musician (organist, pianist, choir-director), and have worked with some superb singers over the years: what I heard onstage yesterday: the best of the best. Kevin Earley ("Tommy") and Jennie Sophia ("Fiona"): glorious. Virtually all the actors (with the odd exception of the violinist who occasionally appeared unhappily wandering the stage in ensemble numbers) seemed to enter deeply into their roles. 2) Touching: the script's bottom line was, for me: that Love can work miracles. I suspect many of us feel we've seen the proof of that in our own lives. The actors brought that to life. And my wife and I walked out feeling genuinely touched. 3) Current. I read in the program notes that Rachel Rockwell and Brian Hill had refurbished "Brigadoon's book, freshening the story…" I thought I caught some of those changes in several spots, among them, the reference to the destruction of an entire people/culture. My mind immediately leapt to the Holocaust 70 years ago; to the "potential genocide of the Yazidis" (today's Chgo Trib) going on right now in Iraq. 4) Intelligibility: most of the soloists' lyrics I could understand well (we were sitting on the right-hand side, 3 rows from the front). Great body-micing! The exception: the comic lyrics of the somewhat-short red-headed actress (Maggie Portman playing "Meg Brockie?). I thought she was a delightful on-stage persona, with a great voice. But her pieces were taken at such a fast clip, with the lyrics sometimes being buried beneath the orchestration, that I had a hard time understanding more than 30% of what she was singing. A true loss, because I suspected her lyrics were well-crafted. And some of the ensemble's lyrics were also "lost in the mix." 5) There was one dance-sequence that my wife and I both felt seemed a bit overlong and which somehow didn't ring quite true: that of "Harry's" admirer (I believe it was "Jane," played by Emily Rohm). The sequence came (spoiler-alert!) just after Harry's death, when the young newly-bereft woman dances with a scarf. I would have gone for shorter choreography, less ballet-like, that truly bespoke her grief. 6) Accents: in general, well done! My wife said she'd read in the program-notes that the Goodman had hired a dialect-coach for the actors. If so, kudos to the Goodman for striving for accuracy. And kudos to the actors: by and large, their accents sounded authentic, and yet their dialogue was intelligible. 7) Staging: I loved being up close. But in some ways, I wished we were sitting a bit further back--just to catch the overall effect of the distant mountains, the forest thru the curtains, the rainstorm. Brilliant effects! THESE OBSERVATIONS are meant merely as one person's suggestions for improvement. Again, overall, a marvelous production. As someone whose grandparents and great-grandparents came from England, Ireland, and Scotland, I felt personally moved. And found myself talking in a Scottish burr the rest of the day (a behavior amplified by our watching the premier of "Outlander" [set in 1743 Scotland] later last night). Thanks to the entire cast & production-staff: we had a grand time!
  • Posted by: Dennis at 08/11/2014 07:20 PM
    Sublime music! Magniffiififificent singing! Dynamite dancing! Stunning spectacle! Throbbing romance! I loved it! While the story, to put it nicely, may not entirely withstand rational analysis, the emotional impact of the production sweeps away all logic and doubt with its love-conquers-all power. See it! You too can be all aglow and alive.
  • Posted by: ed gryska at 08/15/2014 10:48 AM

    a brilliant production, what theatre should always be. thank you for a wonderful evening.

  • Posted by: Randy at 08/17/2014 10:55 AM
    Overall a solid performance and worth seeing. Jordan Brown as Charlie was very good and believable as a groom in love. Rett Guter as the lovesick jealous Harry did a good job of performing with the anguish he felt for not being the groom. Jennie Sophia as Fiona has a very good voice. Kevin Earley as Tommy also has a very good voice but his acting seemed stiff at times as well as Rod Thomas as Jeff. Maggie Portman as Meg did great in her comic role. A couple of times as she belted out her "My Mothers Wedding Day" song, her accent got in the way of the clarity of her words so many in the audience was not sure what was sung. The orchestra did a terrific job with the score.
  • Posted by: Gretchen at 08/18/2014 04:22 PM
    Saw it Saturday (16th). What a fabulous production! Fresh new energy in a wonderful old story. Creative, effective stagecraft - especially the use of projections and the unusual scrim/curtain. And the talent! Stellar voices, ballets, characterization. The funeral dance was stark, raw, and moving. Great stage chemistry between Rod & Jenny (as Tommy & Fiona). Not a dry eye in our party.

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