Lerner and Loewe’s Classic Musical “Brigadoon” Opens Burning Coal’s 16th Season on Sept. 6th

Burning Coal Theatre Company will perform "Brigadoon" on Sept. 6-9, 13-16, and 20-23 in the Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh, NC
Burning Coal Theatre Company will perform “Brigadoon” on Sept. 6-9, 13-16, and 20-23 in the Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh, NC

Burning Coal Theatre Company will open its 16th season on Sept. 6th with Lerner and Loewe’s magnificent musical fantasy Brigadoon on Sept. 6-9, 13-16, and 20-23 in the Murphey School Auditorium, adjacent to the Historic Oakwood Section of downtown Raleigh, NC. This classic Broadway musical, which features the music by Frederick Loewe (1901-88) and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner (1918-86), added “Almost Like Being in Love” to the show-tune repertoire.

In preshow publicity, Burning Coal Theatre Company writes:

About Brigadoon: [This] classic American musical by Lerner & Lowe tells the story of two Wall Street men who journey on a hunting trip to Scotland. While deep in the misty woods, they discover a small town that isn’t on any map. Once inside, they discover something rarer still about the town and themselves. Brigadoon brings to light the importance of love even when faced with impossible obstacles. [As Mr. Lundie says:] ‘A stranger could stay if he loved someone here… not Brigadoon itself, mind, but someone in Brigadoon… enough to be willing to give up everything to stay near that person… which is only right because after all, lad… if you love someone deeply enough, anything is possible.’

Brigadoon originally opened on March 13, 1947 at the Ziegfeld Theater on Broadway with original direction by Robert Lewis and original choreography by Agnes de Mille. De Mille won the Tony Award® for Best Choreography. The show ran for a total of 851 performances before it was moved to [London’s] West End, where is ran 685 performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1949.

About the Director: Emily Ranii, who began working with Burning Coal at the age of 13, will stage Brigadoon for Burning Coal. Originally from Raleigh, Ranii is working toward her master’s degree in directing from Boston University. Her undergraduate degree in theater is from Cornell University [in Ithaca, NY]. For Burning Coal, she has directed The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Much Ado About Nothing….

About the Choreographer: Robin Harris, director of the N.C. State University Dance Program, holds a BA in French and an MA in Dance from The Ohio State University [in Columbus], and has received certification from the Dance Notation Bureau as a Labanotation teacher. A choreographer of over 25 major works, Robin is a recipient of two N.C. Arts Council Choreographers Fellowships, a recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts, and an Indy Award. Robin has been recognized for her choreographic work by the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the American Dance Festival, and by the American College Dance Festival Association on both regional and national levels….

About the Music Director: Julie Oliver is a current teacher and band director at Wake County Public Schools, as well as an actress for multiple theatres. She attended the University of Kansas with a degree in Music Education, and received the National Board Certification WMMS Teacher of the Year Award.

Some of Burning Coal Theatre Company's male cast for Lerner and Loewe's "Brigadoon" dance lively (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)
Some of Burning Coal Theatre Company‘s male cast for Lerner and Loewe’s “Brigadoon” step lively (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

About the Cast and Crew: Tommy will be played by actor Andrew Bosworth of Raleigh. Jeff will be played by actor James Anderson, who appeared last season in Enron with Burning Coal. Fiona will be played by Natalie Reder of Raleigh. Charlie will be played by Jeff Aquiar of Greensboro.

“The scenery and lights will be designed by the head of lighting at Cornell University, Ed Inteman. Costumes will be designed by Raleigh’s Karen Williams and props will be created by Raleigh’s Elizabeth Newton. The production stage manager is Raleigh’s Adam Budlong. The assistant director will be Raleigh’s Lori Mahl, and the assistant choreographer will be Zia Affronti Morter of New York City.”

Burning Coal Theatre Companypresents BRIGADOON at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6-8, 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-15, 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-22, and 2 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27604.

TICKETS: $20 ($15 students, seniors 65+, and active-duty military personnel), except “Pay-What-You Can” performance on Sept. 9th, $10 Thursdays, and $5 Student Rush Tickets (sold at door, 5 minutes before curtain, to students with valid ID).

BOX OFFICE: 919-834-4001 or http://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://burningcoal.org/brigadoon/.

VIDEO PREVIEW (by Nick Karner): http://vimeo.com/47276233.

PRESENTER: http://www.burningcoal.org/.

VENUE/DIRECTIONS: http://burningcoal.org/murphey-school-auditorium/.

NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh (http://www.artsaccessinc.org/) will audio describe the 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9th, performance, which will also be sign-language interpreted OTHER LINKS:

The Musical: http://www.tams-witmark.com/musicals/brigadoon.html (Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigadoon (Wikipedia).

Alan Jay Lerner: http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C42 (Songwriters Hall of Fame) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Jay_Lerner (Wikipedia).

Frederick Loewe: http://www.frederickloewe.org/ (Frederick Loewe Foundation), http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C43?exhibitId=43 (Songwriters Hall of Fame), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Loewe (Wikipedia).

Emily Ranii: http://burningcoal.org/emily-ranii/ (Burning Coal Theatre Company) and https://www.facebook.com/emily.ranii (Facebook).


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