Reviewed by g emil reutter
Peter Reynolds has once again breathed new life into an American musical classic, Brigadoon. Armed with choreographer, Maggie Anderson; musical director, Amanda Morton; and Fred Duers, design team, he is able to present a refreshing updated version of Brigadoon.
Two parts are double cast, a luxury Reynolds has due to the pool of talent available at Temple. Fiona and Tommy are played by Nicole Renna and Matthew Lulofs and Katie Horner and Ronnie Keller. Then there are Grant Struble, in a brilliant performance as Jeff Douglas; Monica Fischer as Jean MacLaren; and Jordan Dobson as Charlie Daylrmple. The production is fortunate to have an excellent supporting cast including Philadelphia stage veterans Donna Snow and Robert Jason Jackson .
Mary Guarnieri, as Maggie Anderson, and Cody Knable, as Harry Beaton provide the dramatic tension in this production, as two people in love with others who do not want them. Knalbe and Guarnieri are intense performers with stage presence. Guarnieri performed the “Funeral Dance” following Beaton’s, (Knalble) death. There were few, if any, dry eyes in the house following her brilliant dance performance.
Temple University’s Musical Theater Department has developed an outstanding pool of talent when recruiting students. Reynolds and his staff continue to up the bar for productions in Philadelphia. Brigadoon is a must see production at the Tomlinson Theater.
Where: Temple University – Tomlinson Theater -1301 W. Norris Street Philadelphia PA 19122
Wednesday October 15th 2014 to Sunday October 26th 2014
Sundays -7:30pm to 10pm
Wednesdays -7:30pm to 10pm
Saturdays- 7:30pm to 10pm
And the following dates:
Friday October 17th 2014 7:30pm
Saturday October 18th 2014 7:30 p.m.
Sunday October 19th 2 p.m.
Wednesday October 22nd 7:30 p.m.
Thursday October 23rd 2014 7:30 p.m.
Saturday October 25th 2014 2p.m.
Saturday October 25th 2014 7:30 p.m.
Sunday October 26th 2014 2.p.m
Ticket information: http://www.temple.edu/theater/productions/current.html