Love conquers in ‘Brigadoon’

Tommy Albright (Robert J. Townsend) and Fiona MacLaren Jennifer Hope Wills (Jennifer Hope Wills) fall in love in 'Brigadoon," produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Photo by Charr Crail
Tommy Albright (Robert J. Townsend) and Fiona MacLaren Jennifer Hope Wills (Jennifer Hope Wills) fall in love in 'Brigadoon," produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Photo by Charr Crail

The musical theatre classic “Brigadoon,” with music by Frederick Loewe and book/lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, is the fourth show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances run through Aug. 10.

With true love anything is possible, even miracles, in this journey to the mystical Scottish Highlands village of Brigadoon. A long-time favorite of Music Circus audiences, the traditions of two worlds collide in the enchanting, romantic tale by the team that created “Camelot” and “My Fair Lady,” with iconic choreography and a soaring score featuring “Almost Like Being In Love,” “From This Day On” and “The Heather on the Hill.”

The New York Times called Brigadoon “a miracle that is pure Broadway.” And The New York Daily News raved that the show is “a classic of musical theatre, an unquestionable Lerner and Loewe masterpiece … it still has the power to enchant us with its outpouring of glorious songs.”

In the Music Circus production of “Brigadoon,” Tommy Albright will be played by Music Circus veteran Robert J. Townsend, whose national touring credits include “Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Camelot” and “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” The role of Fiona MacLaren will be played by Jennifer Hope Wills, who performed on Broadway as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” for nearly four years, has been in theatre productions around the country, and returns to Music Circus after starring as Magnolia in last season’s “Show Boat.”

Jason Graae, who will play Jeff Douglas, has appeared on stage and screen, including roles in a number of Broadway shows including “Falsettos,” “Stardust” and “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” Playing Mr. Lundie is Gordon Goodman, an internationally recognized singer/actor/author/composer who has performed as a soloist with groups like the London City Symphony and the Prague Symphony.

The role of Harry Beaton will be played by Sacramento area native Luke Hawkins, who has appeared in shows on Broadway and on tour, and who has performed on the Music Circus stage in more than 15 shows including “Miss Saigon,” “The Producers” and “The Sound of Music.” The role of Andrew MacLaren will be played by Broadway veteran Rich Hebert, who recently performed in Sting’s new musical, “The Last Ship,” which is set to play next season on Broadway and who was last seen in Sacramento in the national tour of “Billy Elliot.”

Ron Wisniski, who has appeared in a number of Music Circus productions, including “Les Misérables,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Spamalot,” as well as in dozens of touring Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, will play Archie Beaton. Amanda Peet, an acclaimed dancer for Sacramento Ballet, will play Maggie Anderson. Sacramento area native Courtney Iventosch, who will play Jean MacLaren, has performed in regional productions around the country and appeared in the national tour of “Wicked,” including the 2012 run at Sacramento Community Center Theater.

Tory Ross, who has performed in the Broadway productions of “Kinky Boots,” “9 to 5″ and “Cry-Baby” as well as the national tours of “Wicked,” “The Producers” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” will play Meg Brockie. Brandon Springman, who has performed in a number of regional productions such as “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Sound of Music,” will play Charlie Dalrymple. Angus MacGuffie will be played by Mark Bradley Miller, who has extensive international and national theatre experience in productions including “South Pacific,” “Funny Girl,” “Closer Than Ever” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

The “Brigadoon” cast also includes Kim Arnett, Kristen Smith Davis, Danielle Hansen, Karen Hyland, Julie Kavanagh, Pilar Millhollen, Lisa Rohinsky, Michael Dotson, Eric Anthony Johnson, Adam Lendermon, Steve Schepis, Brian Steven Shaw, Shannon Stoeke and John B. Williford.

The director for “Brigadoon” is Glenn Casale, who has been artistic director for California Musical Theatre since 2008 and has directed more than 50 productions for Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento over the past 20 years. Choreographer is Music Circus veteran Bob Richard, who has choreographed Broadway, off-Broadway, touring and regional theatre shows, as well as a variety of television specials. Musical Director is Jeff Rizzo, who has done more than 80 productions for Music Circus and has traveled all over the world conducting musical tours.

Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Casale and executive producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.

Tickets for “Brigadoon” range from $35 to $80, and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at Tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.

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