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Brigadoon

Members say: Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic
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Critics
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11 reviews
Members
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105 reviews
 

New York City Center presents Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, which brings the mystery and magic of the Scottish Highlands to life. Starring Tony nominee Patrick Wilson and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara ('The King and I').

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New Yorker Tommy Albright (Wilson) unexpectedly arrives at the mysterious Scottish village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona (O'Hara), a beautiful resident of this magical hamlet, he must decide whether to return to his old life, or stay in Brigadoon—forever. Featuring such standards as 'Almost Like Being in Love,' 'Come to Me, Bend to Me,' and 'Heather on the Hill.' Costarring Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Stephanie J. Block, and directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon.

 

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Reviews (116)

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83
Avg Score

65
Theatermania

"As lush as the production is conceptually, though, this 'Brigadoon,' headlined by oddly tentative performances from Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson, is a little more of a bore than the ecstatic delight we want it to be...Yes, Brigadoon is pretty to look at, and even prettier to listen to...But Wheeldon, who also directs, is more focused on creating images than telling a story. The acting suffers and the pacing needs to be picked up so the show feels as fizzy as an Irn-Bru." Full Review

85
The New York Times

"For the first act anyway, glorious. And if part of that glory was historical — showing us what made musicals tick at the start of the Golden Age -part of it, too, was vehemently alive. Wheeldon’s dances certainly fit that bill, and so does Loewe’s triple-crème music...If, in the second act, Mr. Wheeldon’s invention can’t outrun Lerner’s creeping incoherence, he can at least abridge it. The show’s awkward ending doesn’t undo the gift of the rest." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

“One of the very finest musicals of Broadway’s so-called golden age...Thanks to the ministrations of Christopher and a knockout singing and dancing cast, magical is the word...High among the numerous attractions of the evening is—no surprise here!—the voice and acting and all-round presence of Kelli O’Hara...The dancing tears up the stage with stark emotionalism...Ticketholders will most assuredly enthuse as they float out of City Center.” Full Review

75
The Hollywood Reporter

“The limitations of the old-fashioned material cannot be disguised...But there's nonetheless plenty to savor...High among the production's strengths is the breathtaking vocal performance of O'Hara...Perhaps the most thrilling highlight is the impassioned dancing of Fairchild...As rousing as they are, the numerous dance interludes do tend to slow down the story, pointing up its relative flimsiness and minimizing character development." Full Review

90
AM New York

"A welcome treat…‘Brigadoon’ is not technically part of this season’s Encores! series. But for all intents and purposes, this is an excellent and unusually elaborate Encores! production, with a big cast and orchestra...and accomplished leading players well-suited to such a piece of traditional musical theater…As you would expect, O’Hara sings beautifully…Wilson makes for an appropriately strapping, straight-laced leading man.” Full Review

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New York Daily News

"The show...can be a little awkward. The first half lays on exposition and Scottish dancing, as exuberant and athletic as it is, very thick...Still, 'Brigadoon' ascends thanks to its songs and mix of sun and shadow...Wheeldon and the cast make every minute count...Wilson’s voice is handsome and colorful as ever, though his stage presence is a bit paler...And then there’s O’Hara, whose 'Waitin’ For My Dearie' and 'Almost Like Being in Love' spill over with blissful warmth and beauty." Full Review

90
Deadline

“A ravishing revival...It’s as ephemeral as the story it tells, and as essential a ray of light as one could hope for today, thanks to a luminous performance by O’Hara and the thrilling staging by director/choreographer Wheeldon...The casting is pitch-perfect across the board...O’Hara is impossibly beautiful, vocally and in conveying Fiona’s romantic determination and heartbreak.” Full Review

90
Musical Theater Review

"Wheeldon further validated his full-blown skill as a stage director along with his long-acclaimed reputation as a choreographer. His production brought to the fore all of the show’s romanticism in captivating fashion...And those folks on stage were pretty wondrous too...And of course, there is the orchestra giving symphonic grandeur to Loewe’s inspired score. It all makes you hope that it won’t be too long before 'Brigadoon' awakens again." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"This is one lustrous 'Brigadoon,' thanks to a first-rate cast of performers and the magical ministrations of director/choreographer Wheeldon. I had forgotten just how lush and sweeping the score is. Loewe’s music is flowing and supple, alongside Lerner’s intelligent and often cheeky lyrics...Lerner’s libretto is certainly chockablock with his signature wry wit, but it’s also a little on the static side...I’d be willing to see this production again in a New York minute." Full Review

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Newsday

"According to legend, the mythical Scottish village of Lerner and Loewe’s musical appears only once every hundred years. But you wish a different fate for this glorious production...It’s the dancing, though, that raises the barre, with direction and choreography by former City Ballet dancer Christopher Wheeldon...Please let us not have to wait even 100 days for this beautiful 'Brigadoon' to reappear." Full Review

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Financial Times (UK)

"Dance cannot dominate at the expense of the gorgeous near-operatic songs. In a production so polished and star-studded that it looked like an audition for Broadway, Wheeldon tackled this conundrum by trading between talents...The story presented the only problems...A fantasy of turning back the clock that you might recognize from recent political campaigns...But these few faux pas are nothing that a bit of snipping and rearranging wouldn’t fix." Full Review

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91
Avg Score

80
Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a classic redone with an amazing cast. It's an easy musical to sit back & enjoy with a fun book & great dancing.

Don't see it if you easily find productions fluffy. It's not a heavy topic. It's on the same plane as a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical -- just good fun!

100
Delightful, Masterful, Romantic, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Loved it! It was glorious. Beautifully done. Fantastic cast. A full orchestra. So perfect and beautifully done. Moved me to tears.

Don't see it if There were only 6 performances, and it has closed. If you weren’t there, I’m sorry, but you missed something very special.

99
Enchanting, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if see also

Don't see it if see also

Also Outstanding choreography , outstanding dancing, outstanding n singing,... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like old-fashioned musicals from the Golden Era. This rarely seen gem was close to perfection. Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson flawless.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned musicals with lots of dance; you can't relate to a fantasy

Also Brigadoon is rarely performed any more. This production hopefully will... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if a near-great Broadway musical, with some songs that have become standards, interests you.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals from the so-called "Golden Age" when musicals turned out songs with imperishable music and lyrics.

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You want to see a beautiful version of this not-often-seen musical. O’Hara’s voice soared. Patrick Wilson was wonderful.

Don't see it if You don’t like old musicals. You don’t like a lot of dancing in your musicals.

100
Delightful, Riveting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love old-fashioned musical theatre, perfectly performed

Don't see it if you believe musical theatre didn't exist prior to 2003

Also Glorious score, beautifully performed by everyone involved, I'm on pac... Read more Read less

91
Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if you want to see a superior production of a classic musical

Don't see it if you don't like romantic musicals or you're bothered by shows with minimal sets

90
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love classic musical theater done in a way to hear those original scores played like they should be with A+ actors!

Don't see it if You want modern pop style musicals.

Also This was exquisite. The musicals at City Center are beautifully done w... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love musicals performed as they were meant to be seen. Old school perfection.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate classic stories or like a lot of dancing.

100
Great cast, Wonderful, Great tech, Loved it., Great direction & choreography

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained! Every element of this show was wonderful. A really special event.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. But give it a try; it may convert you!

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like old musicals, GREAT singing, terrific choreography, marvelous dancing.

Don't see it if you want a musical that really has something to say.This is fluff, but it is so brilliantly done, that it can be forgiven!

100
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You want beautiful music sung by wonderful singers. You want outstanding choreography performed by amazing dancers.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary musicals.

85
Exquisite music and singing, adequate choreography and great dancing. silly book even for the time, a mixed bag

See it if you have affection for gorgeous ballads exquisitely sung especially by O'Hara, so so Wheeldon choreography fabulously danced by Fairchild.

Don't see it if you can't give yourself over to dated and silly book, poor production values even for Encore, not moved by probably best revival psbl of

Also Wonderful classic ballads have become standards for a reason and are g... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a masterpiece of the musical theater done flawlessly

Don't see it if You are not interested in old school musical format

Also One of the best Encores ! type presentations I've seen . Bravo to all ... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see classic American musical theater staged and performed to perfection. A great score and magical story.

Don't see it if you don't like romantic stories and "old-fashioned" musical theater.

95
Brigadoon appears once a century; hope that we don't have to wait that long for this flawless production to make it to broadway

See it if cast excellent, Kelli's heavenly singing/performance will be long-remembered; meltingly beautiful songs; dynamic new choreography

Don't see it if second act slight, ending implausible; still per NY Times, production elevates this rarely-performed musical into first ranks

94
Masterful, Romantic, Great singing, Great dancing, The classics

See it if you love those old musicals, because the performances don't get any better than this.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate a messy book-musical and can't give yourself over to the romanticism of it.

Also Glorious singing, transcendent dancing, updated book, what a cast, jus... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Brigadoon has flaws as a musical but this revival with Patrick Wilson Stephanie Block and Kelli Ohara is stunning. De Mille dancing. Bravo

Don't see it if Limited run at City center. The theater is a challenge for those though elevators. Cant be missed performances.

82
Enchanting, Romantic, Great writing, Slow, Great singing

See it if You love old, classic musicals with mellifluous music, where the lead characters fall in love with each other in a single day.

Don't see it if You think most musicals written before the 1970s are dated, cliched, and boring.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You wanted to be transported back to the romantic, glory days of musical theater! You cannot miss Robert Fairchild dancing The Sword Dance!

Don't see it if You aren’t up for gooey storytelling. The music is glorious but can be a bit syrupy. Not a O’Hara fan but as Fiona she is winning me over.

91
Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Dated, Great singing

See it if you enjoy classic musicals in the truest sense of the word - the singing and dancing are superb and worth every penny.

Don't see it if you expect an updated feel or gravitate to flashy productions, you do not appreciate exceptional performances as the sole reason to attend.

89
Delightful, Romantic, Great singing, Incredible dancing, Great orchestra

See it if you are a fan of classic romantic musicals. O'Hara is perfection, Block is hilarious. Wonderful production. Stellar dancing.

Don't see it if you prefer something more modern or edgy. If plot is important...what is going on here? I day is 100 years? Makes no sense. Just go with it.

91
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love stunning dance and excellent singing you often don't get a chance to see.

Don't see it if You hate musicals of any kind.

96
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You still believe in romance, with a side of comedy; love any of the cast—they’re all excellent; if you enjoy dusty older shows made fresh.

Don't see it if You need glitz and action. Encores! makes each production special, but the sets are what you would expect for a week-long production.