Stage and screen star Sam Kane (pictured) heads the cast in a new production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The musical, which also stars Shona Lindsay as Milly, opens at Bromley Churchill Theatre on 27 August 2001 ahead of a major national tour. Dave Willetts will replace Kane as Adam when part two of the schedule begins in February 2002.

Maurice Lane will direct the show, based on the famous MGM musical. Set in Oregon circa 1850, the story follows the eldest of seven brothers, Adam, as he goes to town in search of a wife. Having persuaded a girl named Milly to accept him, he then introduces her to his uncouth brethren whom she sets about transforming. Featuring such songs as "Bless Your Beautiful Hide" and "Love Never Goes Away", the movie version was an Oscar-winner in 1954.

A graduate of the Liverpool Theatre School, Kane is a familiar face on television through such series as Bread, Brookside and Coronation Street. He also performed in an international tour of South Pacific with Gemma Craven, and headed the cast of Carousel on tour last year alongside Darren Day. Kane has also appeared as a vocalist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has presented a variety of TV shows.

Lindsay made her professional debut at the age of 11, playing the title role in the first national tour of Annie. She starred as Sandy in the West End production of Grease and also played opposite Paul Nicholas in a UK tour of Singin' in the Rain. Lindsay also became the youngest ever actress to play the role of Christine in a major production of Phantom of the Opera, when she joined the London company.

Currently featuring in the role of Old Deuteronomy in Cats, Willetts has also played the leads in Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar. In addition, he has made a number of recordings and appeared as a soloist in concert venues throughout Europe.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers contains the original songs for the stage by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. Choreography is by Adrian Allsopp with musical direction from Richard Holmes. Following the Bromley opening, the show continues to Woking, Liverpool, Darlington, Rhyl, Swansea, Stoke, Birmingham, Richmond, Oxford, Torquay, Edinburgh, Belfast and Blackpool. Next year's programme is still being finalised, but looks certain to include Brighton, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Norwich before ending in mid-June 2002.

- by Gareth Thompson