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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Published by: Paul Tyree on 12th Feb 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Adapted from the screen for the stage Seven Brides tells the story of Adam Pontipee first marrying a frontiers gal and then trying to find
wives for his six brothers. His wife, however must first try to knock off the rough edges from the boys to turn them into more marriagable material.
With women on the frontier being in short supply, however, the brothers end up kidnapping their intended conquests and taking them back to
their cabin which gets cut off from the town by an avalanche. This traps the girls with the boys for a few months until the pass opens up in the
spring. With the girls having to live so close to the boys, the time and close proximity spent together ends up having the desired effect even
though kidnapping is hardly most people's idea of an ideal courtship.

With Alex Hammond having to stand in for Sam Attwater as the male lead, this production was perhaps never going to truly hit the heights of the
finest of musical theatre. However what we did have was a cast all giving fine performances and quite a number of laughs along the way.
My daughter truly enjoyed it, and whilst I wasn't quite as impressed, this was still a solid and enjoyable night in the theatre.

Alex Hammond gives a likeable enough performance, although it was by no means the star turn that he might have hoped for. It was therefore left
to Helena Blackman of 'How do you Solve a Problems like Maria' fame to give us the real quality on the night. It has to be said that her voice was
absolutely flawless and helped raise this production above what it might have been.

There were also several excellent performances from the Brides and the Brothers. Without a doubt the most engaging of the brothers was the crazy and knockabout Frank played by Sam Stones. He seemed to be most aware that a musical theatre performance is not just about the dancing and singing but also about the acting of the part. He, undoubtedly, was able therefore to give a more complete performance, one would say, than most of his brothers
in the piece.

Standout performance amongt the brides has to go to the engaging performance given by Georgina Parkinson as Alice. Whilst everyone performed well amongst the girls, hers, again seemed of a slightly higher level in turns of intensity and vibrancy for the audience.

All in all, this may not go down as the best night I've ever spent at the Lyceum theatre, the show has much to go for it and is certainly, by far,
from the worst. The script and direction are excellent. The performances in most cases are bright and energetic and ultimately very professional
indeed. It's certainly worth going to see if you have the chance. Funny, bright and well performed.

Wed 12 Feb 7:45pm   £24.00 - £32.00* Book Tickets
Thu 13 Feb 2:00pm   £19.00 - £27.00* Book Tickets
Thu 13 Feb 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £24.00 - £32.00* Book Tickets
Fri 14 Feb 7:45pm   £26.00 - £34.00* Book Tickets
Sat 15 Feb 2:00pm Captioned £24.00 - £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 15 Feb 7:45pm   £26.00 - £34.00* Book Tickets

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  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. Some might say that this vintage musical has had it's day ... but it just goes to show what good direction and engaging performances can accomplish. The music will always be a timeless classic for me too! I'd buy a ticket!
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