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7 Brides for 7 Brothers to close 18 Nov 2006
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, has posted closing notices at the Haymarket theatre for Sat 18 Nov 2006.
This touring production opened at the Haymarket Theatre 16 Aug 2006, following previews from 10 Aug and was originally booking to 25 Nov 2006, but a couple of weeks ago it extended to 17 Feb 2007, now it will close on 18 Nov 2006 - a week earlier than its original booking period .
The show opened to only moderate notices from the popular press: CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The best one can say of the dancing is that the company perform with spirited energy. " KIERON QUIRKE for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Dave Willetts' Adam and Shona Lindsay's Milly show teeth and sing well but there's zilch chemistry there." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "It’s good-natured, boasts the jaunty and pretty score that won an Oscar. At the Haymarket it offers plenty of energetic, athletic ballet." ALISTAIR SMITH for THE STAGE says, "The acting is fine, the choreography energetic but the production values are really not up to the required standards." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The show rarely rises above an honest competence."
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is directed by Maurice Lane and features Dave Willetts (Adam) & Shona Lindsay (Milly).
Book by David Landay, music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
The show features classic songs including:- 'Bless your Beautiful Hide' 'Wonderful Wonderful Day' 'Goin' Courtin' 'Sobbin' Women' 'Lonesome Polecat' 'Spring, Spring, Spring' 'Love Never Goes Away' 'We Gotta Make It Through the Winter'
Set in Oregon in 1850 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness… kidnap the women they want!