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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - A Revalation!

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 27th Nov 2013 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

Review by Mark Ridyard

“Bless your beautiful hide, wherever you may be
We ain’t met but I’m willing to bet
You’re the gal for me”.

 

Seven Brides - A revalation!

Every so often, a real gem of a show comes along that offers a truly unique take on old masterpiece – and this production of “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers”, from director and choreographer Patti Colombo, is one of these gems.

The show, based on the 1954 film of the same name, still has all its classic sing-along numbers, but both the staging and the orchestration of the show have undergone a creative renaissance. The result is a show high on energy and pace, with some poignant and touching moments that give the audience much more than a staple, feel-good evening.

The leading couple carry the show well, with Helena Blackman’s convincing portrayal of the resilient Milly contrasting fittingly with Sam Attwater’s chauvinistic Adam. In particular, Blackman’s strong vocal performances in numbers such as “Goin’ Courtin’” and “Glad That You Were Born” allow her to showcase the full range of her character’s emotions and proved popular with the Glasgow audience.

The supporting cast reveal their talents!

The success of any show can often be gauged by the strength of the supporting characters. In the case of “Seven Brides”, there is an extremely talented cast who make-up the rest of Adam’s family and the Townsfolk. The alphabetically-named Brothers, from Benjamin through to Gideon, all have unique characters of their own which result in snappy dialogue and sturdy singing. The Brides prove to be equally as talented, treating us to a range of dance-steps, from hoe-downs to ballet, as well as a harmonious blend of strong voices.

In addition to its gifted performers, it’s the staging of the show which gives it a unique and fresh style, refuting any suggestion that, at more than 30 years of age, “Seven Brides” might have become stale or tired. Interior and exterior sets are struck seamlessly by both cast and “invisible” stage crew with virtually no gaps between scenes, giving the show a pacey, but never rushed, feel. On top of all this, several of the Townsfolk also play instruments on stage, ranging from violins to ukulele, and this give the music a more authentic feel.

One of the many highlights is the “Social Dance” towards the end of Act One, where The Brothers and The Suitors compete for the attention of The (yet to be) Brides. The energy, technique and humour of the number sets it apart as one of the most enjoyable dances to grace the stage at The Kings for many years, with the audience showing its appreciation with thunderous applause.

The Social Dance

The only disappointing aspect of Tuesday evening was the relatively modest audience numbers which, given the high quality of what was on display, deserved to be much higher.

So, even if you know the film or show, you must find time this week to get yourself along to The Kings and discover something truly unique and original in this production.

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Monday 25th - Saturday 30th November            
Mon eve 7.45pm
Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 - £29.50
0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

Comments

1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Mark. I love to hear that classics like this have been creatively and successfully updated for the modern audience! Long may this one live!
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