Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
LAWRENCE KASHA and DAVID LANDAY
Lyrics by JOHNNY MERCER, Music by GENE DE PAUL
New Songs by Al KASHA & JOEL HIRSCHHORN
Based on the MGM film and "The Sobbin' Women" by Stephen
Originally directed on Broadway by LAWRENCE KASHA
Originally produced on Broadway by KASLAN PRODUCTIONS INC.
This amateur production is given by permission of JOSEPH
On behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK
In our 102nd
year we presented a rip-roaring Western of fun, fighting and
Craig Theatre, Stevenage
Monday 8th to Saturday 13th March 2004
Director LINDA DYNE
Musical Director JUSTIN THOMAS Choreographer MOLLIE GILBERT
backwoodsman Adam Pontipee goes to town looking for a bride,
he finds Milly and convinces her to marry him - immediately
(Bless Your Beautiful Hide).
friends are horrified that she is to marry a man she has
only just met, and try to warn her against the marriage -
but Milly is ecstatically happy and optimistic, and she does
not allow her friends to change her mind (Wonderful
arrival at the farm after their wedding, Milly's joy turns
to dismay when she finds she is to also take care of Adam's
six unkempt, rowdy brothers (One Man).
quickly melts, however, and she sets about teaching the boys
manners -- as well as teaching them how to court girls (Goin'
At the town
social the brothers and girls' town suitors square off in a
rousing challenge dance, which ends in a brawl, and the
brothers' banishment from the town. When Gideon tells of his
feelings of love for Alice, it soon becomes apparent that
his view of love is completely different to that of Adam's
view on the subject (Love Never Goes Away).
become depressed at not being able to see their girls, and
Adam advises his brothers to do like the Romans did with the
Sabine women - just carry off the girls they want Sobbin'
The boys sneak
into town to kidnap the girls - and escape by causing an
avalanche, which shuts off their pursuers (The Townsfolk's
Milly bars the boys from the house until the spring thaw
when the girls could be taken back to town. Although his
brothers decide to do so, Adam refuses to take Milly's
orders and leaves for the trapping cabin to wait out the
winter there (A Woman Oughta Know Her Place).
winter, the brothers and girls long for each other - but
Milly advises everyone to be patient until the spring (We
Gotta Make It Through the Winter).
By spring, the
couples are together and very much in love (Spring, Spring,
When Milly has
a baby girl, Gideon goes up to the cabin to get Adam to come
home, and to tell him about his baby daughter. A still
resentful Adam refuses to leave the trapping cabin and
return home - but he begins to question his feelings for
Milly (A Woman Oughta Know Her Place - Reprise).
returns home, to mention to his family that the pass is
open, Adam hears Milly and the couples singing the baby to
sleep (Glad That You Were Born).
Milly that he had been thinking of the baby, while up at the
cabin, and how he would feel if somebody came and carried
her off. He also tells Milly that he had been thinking of
her while up at the trapping cabin, and that he loved her.
Adam kisses Milly - and a delighted Milly responds to his
affection (Love Never Goes Away - Reprise).
that he was wrong and decides to take the girls back to
town. The girls overhear Adam's plan and run to hide. They
want to stay with their men. The townsmen, who had left the
town as soon as the pass was clear, arrive at the farm and
misinterpret what is happening as the brothers catch the
girls in a situation that appears more sinister than it is.
All ends well
when each of the girls, simultaneously, claims to be the
mother of Milly's baby -- and the shocked townsmen fulfil
everyone's wishes by forcing the couples to marry in a
shotgun wedding -- thereby inadvertently ensuring the
happiness of all by giving everyone exactly what they wanted
(Wedding Dance and Goin' Courtin'/ Wonderful Wonderful Day).
Justine Dickson, Marie
Knight, Tasha Staff, Kirsty McArthur, Melanie
Plowman, Alison Day, Vivienne Tadman (Mrs Whiteley),
Cliff Gulbis (Whisky Joe), Nick Morgan (Indian
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