Published on September 4th, 2017 | by Admin
Full cast announced for Brigadoon!
The Production Company today announced the full cast for their final show of season 2017, Lerner and Loewe’s timeless romantic classic, Brigadoon. Featuring a cast of 28, a band of 21 and a real-life piper playing Scottish bagpipes.
Opening on October 28 in the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne for 11 shows only.
…If you love someone deeply, anything is possible.
From Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Camelot), Brigadoon is the story of New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas who get lost on their vacation to the Scottish Highlands, and stumble upon Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for one day every hundred years. Tommy – who has a fiance in New York – soon falls in love with Fiona,
a young woman from Brigadoon. And as Tommy learns, to fall in love means staying forever.
Rohan Browne, Australia’s leading man of song and dance, stars as Tommy and soprano Genevieve Kingsford makes her Production Company debut as Fiona. The legendary Nancye Hayes is the matriarch Mrs. Forsythe, the heart and soul of Brigadoon. Elise McCann is the hilarious Meg, who looks for love in all the wrong places. Luke Joslin is Jeff, Tommy’s fun but cynical best friend who doesn’t believe in love. Also starring Stefanie Jones, Matthew Manahan, Stephen Hall, Sally Bourne and Joel Granger.
The beloved 1954 MGM film version of Brigadoon, directed by Vincente Minnelli starred Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, and Cyd Charisse as Tommy, Jeff and Fiona. In 1966 a TV version starring Robert Goulet and Peter Falk won five Primetime Emmy Awards.
Lerner and Loewe’s lush score will sweep you off your feet as you fall in love with Brigadoon. It’s most famous song
It’s Almost Like Being In Love became a romantic standard and has been recorded by the likes Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Anthony Warlow and Rufus Wainwright.
See the full company at www.theproductioncompany.com.au
Rohan Browne, over an extensive career, has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile stage performers. His performances as Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain cemented Rohan as Australia’s leading male triple threat performer.
Rohan recently creatively developed and will star in the dance theatre piece SELF for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Other standout performances include George in Melbourne Theatre Company’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Riff in West Side Story and Greg in A Chorus Line all garnering him Green Room Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He also starred as Don Lockwood in The Production Company’s Singin’ In The Rain in 2013 where he was nominated for both a Green Room Award for Outstanding Actor and an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance and as leading man, Jimmy Winter, in The Production Company’s Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Other roles include Ken Railings (Strictly Ballroom), Leading Player (Pippin), Garmen Ghia (The Producers), Jimmy Powers (City Of Angels), Fred Casely (Chicago), Zach (A Chorus Line), Rum Tum Tugger (Cats), King Herod (Jesus Christ Superstar), Wing (Hot Shoe Shuffle), Purser (Anything Goes) and Protean (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum). Stage credits also include the world premiere of The Boy From Oz, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Sydney Dance Company’s Tivoli, Mame, Follies, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Kiss Me Kate – garnering another Green Room accolade.
Genevieve is honoured to be making her Production Company debut in Brigadoon.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Genevieve moved to the UK to study at the London School of Musical Theatre. She graduated in 2014 and whilst studying starred as the title role in Violet at the Bridewell Theatre and Martine in RSVP ASAP. Other works included Annie in The Faith Machine, Rose in Ruddigore and Rosalind in As You Like It.
Genevieve made her professional debut playing Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Twickenham theatre, which won the 2015 What’s On Stage Award for Best Off-West End Production. Since returning to live in Australia, Genevieve has performed in the Australian International Opera Company’s China tour of La Traviata; as well as in Sing On Through Tomorrow, a musical review by acclaimed Australian composer Matthew Lee Robinson. Performing for the first time at Arts Centre Melbourne Genevieve played the central role of Clara last year in the Life Like Company’s production of The Light in the Piazza.
In 2016 she was awarded the Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Artist Development Award at the Rob Guest Endowment Grand Final Concert, held at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Nancye Hayes AM is one of Australia’s favourite theatrical actresses. She is an accomplished actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director. She began her career with J.C. Williamson Theatres Ltd as a chorus member in My Fair Lady. She went on to star in many major musical productions including Sweet Charity, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls and 42nd Street.
Most recently Nancye has performed in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Todd McKenney for the Ensemble Theatre, Jerry’s Girls (The Production Company), Sondheim
on Sondheim (Manilla Street Productions), as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Harvest Rain), as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (State Theatre Company SA), in Beyond Desire (Neil Rutherford Productions/ Hayes Theatre Co), as Miss Hannigan in the Australian Tour of Annie (The Gordon Frost Organisation), and in Grey Gardens, Follies, Oklahoma, Music Man, Funny Girl (The Production Co.), Murderers (Ensemble), A Little Night Music and My Fair Lady (Opera Australia).
With an outstanding list of credits to her name, Elise McCann is one of Australia’s most unique modern day performers.
A graduate of NIDA, Elise’s theatrical credits includes Ali in the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA! (Littlestar); Janet McGregor in the Australian tour of South Pacific (Opera Australia/Gordon Frost Organisation); The World Premier/Australian Tour of Doctor Zhivago (Gordon Frost Organisation); Fruma Sarah in the Australian Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises); Cordelia in Falsettos (Darlinghurst Theatre
Company); Florinda in Into The Woods (Victorian Arts Opera); Little Women (Kookaburra Australian National Theatre Company); My Fair Lady (Opera Australia); Camelot (The Production Company); Side By Side By Sondheim (Enda Markey Presents); June in Musical of Musicals (Tryptech Theatre); Imelda Thornton in On The Twentieth Century (Neglected Musicals Australia), and Sydney Carlton in It’s a Bird It’s a Plane It’s Superman, (Neglected Musicals Australia).
Elise is most well known for her break out role as Lucille Ball in the critically acclaimed one woman show Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest Productions) for with she was nominated for Best Cabaret Performance in the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards.
Brigadoon marks Elise’s debut with The Production Company.
A graduate of University of Western Sydney and ACTT, Luke has forged a successful career in both musical and legitimate theatre, as well as being highly sought-after as a director.
He recently finished touring in The Play That Goes Wrong, prior to this he appeared in the new musical, Georgy Girl and the premiere production of the play Machu Picchu. Luke was part of the 25th aniversary production of Les Misérables.
Additional musical theatre credits include: The Threepenny Opera, Annie, Dr Zhivago, Avenue Q, Assassins, Dirty Dancing, Titanic: The Musical, Sunday in the Park with George, Karaoke: The Musical, Guys and Dolls.
Luke won both a green room and Helpmann Award for his performance as Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q.