Preview: Brigadoon, King’s Theatre

Tommy and Fiona. Picture: Comp
Tommy and Fiona. Picture: Comp
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WHEN two American tourists stumble upon a mysterious Scottish village that appears for but one day every hundred years, love is in the air.

In Brigadoon, Tommy, one of the Yanks, falls head over heels in love with Fiona, a young woman of the village.

At the King’s this week, local amateurs Southern Light Opera present Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s endearing musical.

First staged on Broadway in 1947, Brigadoon ran for 581 performances, starring David Brooks, George Keane, and Marion Bell.

Two years later, it made its West End debut and has been revivied many times since.

There was even an MGM musical feature film directed by Vincente Minnelli made in CinemaScope in 1954, which starred Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse and a TV adaptation in 1966 starring Columbo himself, Peter Falk, which won five Primetime Emmy Awards.

Expect to hear songs that have become musical standards over the years including The Heather On The Hill, Almost Like Being In Love and From This Day On.

The Southern Light Opera Company is Edinburgh’s oldest amateur musical theatre company. Instituted in 1897 the company has performed operettas and musicals in the King’s Theatre since 1924. This production will involve over 100 people from all over the Capital.

The picture shows Eddie McDowell as Tommy Albright and Kat Angus as Fiona MacKeith.

Brigadoon, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, tonight-Saturday, £15-£19, 0131-529 6000