Jaded New York tourists stumble across a mysterious Scottish town in the romantic musical Brigadoon, the April 24-26 finale of Oklahoma City University’s opera and music theater season.
The Bass School of Music production will feature a cast of 38, under the direction of Dr. David Herendeen, and a 34-piece pit orchestra, under the baton of Prof. Jan McDaniel.
“Brigadoon entices us to leave our world behind and fall in love with a dream,”
Herendeen said. “The show celebrates the power of love to transcend time. It’s a wonderful ending to our 63rd season — romance, comedy, Scottish dancing, great songs — and plenty of tartans!”
Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee, at Kirkpatrick Auditorium, 2501 N. Blackwelder. Tickets ($12-25) available from www.okcu.edu/tickets or 405-208-5227. Herendeen will present a free director’s talk 45 minutes before curtain.
Brigadoon’s plot unfolds when two Americans hunting in the Scottish Highlands stumble upon an enchanted village that appears out of the mist for one day every century. Complications ensue when the visitors become smitten with women of the town and when one unhappy townsman plots his escape, considering the place more prison than paradise.
The show, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, premiered on Broadway in 1947 and in London’s West End in 1949. It inspired the 1954 MGM musical, starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Classic songs include “The Heather On The Hill,” “I’ll Go Home With Bonnie Jean,” and “Almost Like Being in Love.”
A Scottish-themed opening night dinner ($25, reservations required: 405.208.5227) will be held 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Bass Music Center Atrium of OCU’s Bass School of Music.