In Oregon circa 1850, Adam goes to town to get a wife. Having convinced Milly to marry him, he brings her back to his backwoods cabin, where she discovers he has six live-in younger brothers who are anxious to get wives of their own. The stage version of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is based on the 1954 Oscar-winning MGM musical, which starred Howard Keel as eldest brother Adam and Jane Powell as his wife Milly.
Featuring Dave Willetts as Adam, Shona Lindsay as Milly and Jay Webb as youngest brother Gideon, this stage production is directed by Maurice Lane and presented by UK Productions. Prior to its West End transfer, it had been on an extensive UK tour since October 2005.
Set and technical glitches at the press performance influenced many critics’ judgments, although most agreed that the company’s energy and buoyancy do much to override faults in both the low-budget production, more at home on tour than in the West End, and the dated screen-to-stage musical itself.
- by Jake Brunger