Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

AUGUST 12 – 18

Based on the Academy Award-winning 1954 film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is Americana at its finest. With an age-old tale of wooing and winning, the battle of the sexes and some barn-raising dancing, this western rollick features whistle-worthy favorites, including “Bless Your Beautiful Hide” and “Goin’ Courtin’.” With two of the most eminent dance scenes in musical theatre history and seven times the fun, saddle up for an unforgettable joyride through the Oregon frontier.

A DANCE-FILLED CLASSIC

Performances begin at 8:15 p.m.

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Cast

Kendra Kassebaum

Milly Bradon

Muny: Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide, 2019). On Broadway, Kendra originated the role of Janice in the Tony-nominated production of Come From Away as well as Sam in Leap of Faith. She played Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, in San Francisco and on the first national tour (Helen Hayes nomination). Other New York: The Receptionist (Manhattan Theatre Club) and the Tony Award-winning, Grammy-nominated production of Assassins. Kendra made her Broadway debut in Rent. For Roundabout Theatre, she performed the role of Petra in A Little Night Music, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson. Kassebaum’s regional appearances include Actors Theatre of Louisville, The 5th Avenue Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Ordway, Florida Stage and her hometown St. Louis Muny. Film: The Other Woman (with Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow).

Edward Watts

Adam Pontipee

is delighted to make his post-pandemic debut at The Muny! Broadway: Robert/David in Scandalous. Other New York: Superman (It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Joe (The Most Happy Fella) and Steve (Show Boat). Tours: The Book of MormonSeven Brides for Seven BrothersLes Misérables and The Little Mermaid. Selected regional: The Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Harold Hill in The Music Man (Goodspeed Musicals), Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday (Guthrie Theater), Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music (Michigan Opera Theatre), Thomas Jefferson in 1776 (Goodspeed) and Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing… Forum (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Helen Hayes nomination). Television: NCIS: New OrleansQuanticoThe SopranosRescue Me. Proud member of AEA. EdwardWatts.net.

Kyle Coffman

Frank

is thrilled to be back at The Muny for the fourth time, having previously been seen in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Newsies and West Side Story. Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Christopher Lyon, u/s Deputy) West Side Story (A-rab), Newsies (Henry). Regional: Tommy Djilas in The Music Man (Arizona Theatre Company), The Artful Dodger in Oliver (Arena Stage), Ethan Strange in Sex with Strangers (George Street Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company) Film: Desert Heart (Ryan), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (Dakin), Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (Ice). @housecoffman

Leslie Donna Flesner

Dorcas

has performed in eight Broadway shows, including Tootsie, An American in Paris, Honeymoon in Vegas, Cinderella, Chaplin, Follies, Finian’s Rainbow and Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. Other New York credits include NY City Center Encores! productions of Mack & Mabel, Call Me Madam, Finian’s Rainbow, Fanny and the world premiere of War Paint starring Patti LuPone. TV: Boardwalk Empire, The Knick, The Tony Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden. Regionally, Leslie was most recently seen as the deliciously dim-witted Hedy LaRue in Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of How to Succeed…; Leslie is a passionate educator and recently launched an online virtual studio called Broadway Imagined. She is thrilled to be returning to The Muny after last being seen in their production of Chicago. Proud Florida State University alumni! @lesfles

Shonica Gooden

Sarah

is excited to be making her Muny debut, performing in her mother’s beloved hometown! Proud native of Atlanta, GA and 2011 graduate of Point Park University (BFA degree in Dance). Memphis (Felicia, Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope (NY City Center Encores!), Sister Act (Deloris, Music Theatre Wichita), Cats (Rumpleteazer, Broadway revival), Hamilton: An American Musical (Broadway), American Dance Machine (Sweet Georgia Brown, Joyce Theater), Matilda (national tour), Piece of My Heart, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway), Bring It On: The Musical (Broadway, national tour). TV/Film: Fosse/Verdon, Manifest, Almost Family, Ted 2 and The First Purge.

Garett Hawe

Ephraim

is ecstatic to be a part of the Muny magic! Broadway: Mary Poppins, Newsies, Matilda, Carousel. Most recently seen as Ambrose Kemper in the North American Revival Tour of Hello, Dolly! National tours: Wicked, Mary Poppins, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Oklahoma!. TV: NBC’s Peter Pan Live!; Nurse Jackie, Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show. Select regional: Tulsa in Gypsy (Cape Playhouse), Hugo Peabody in Bye Bye Birdie (Sacramento Music Circus), Tommy Djilas in The Music Man (Pioneer Theatre Company), Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse, and numerous productions with North Shore Music Theatre. Garett plays a Jet in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story, in theaters this December. Graduate of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. @garetthawe

Sarah Meahl

Ruth

This is Sarah’s 10th show at The Muny. She played Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 2011and is excited to be back, this time, with her husband Ed Watts. Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate; Hello, Dolly!; Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour. Off-Broadway: Standard Time (The Duke), The Golden Apple (NY City Center Encores!), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Minskoff Theatre). Pre-Broadway Labs: The Music Man, The Secret Garden, Anastasia, Clueless, The Right Girl. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway Sacramento, Theatre Under The Stars, Theater of the Stars, The Muny, Kansas City Starlight, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Walnut Street Theatre. TV/Film: Haunting Evidence, Isn’t It Romantic? Graduate of Point Park. sarahmeahl.com @happymeahl

Harris Milgrim

Benjamin

Broadway: Cats, Tootsie. Numerous Off-Broadway, NY City Center Encores!, national tour, concerts and regional theatres including The Muny, Paper Mill Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre, Dallas Theater Center and more. Extended credits and more at harrismilgrim.com.

Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva

Caleb

Mikayla Renfrow

Alice

is overjoyed to be back at The Muny! She has recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is ready to be back in front of audiences. Her most recent credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (The Muny), Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Rose in The Secret Garden with Connor Gallagher and Eve in Awaited: A Christmas Experience.

Carly Blake Sebouhian

Martha

is thrilled to be returning to The Muny after having been seen in Mary Poppins and Fiddler on the Roof. On Broadway, Carly has been appearing in The Phantom of the Opera, where she will return when the show reopens in October. Other New York credits include Fiorello! and Brigadoon at NY City Center Encores! as well as the original workshop of An American in Paris. Regionally, she has been seen in Sweet Charity (Pioneer Theatre Company) and The Nutty Professor (Tennessee Performing Arts Center) directed by the legendary Jerry Lewis. TV/Film credits include The Punisher (Netflix), For Life (ABC) and Equal Standard starring Ice-T. @carlyblake419

Ryan Steele

Daniel

Broadway: Carousel, Newsies (Astaire nomination), Matilda, West Side Story (Baby John), Billy Elliot and will soon be seen in Once Upon a One More Time. Tour: An American in Paris (Jerry Mulligan). Other stage: The Music Man (Kennedy Center), A Chorus Line and The Wild Party (both for NY City Center Encores!), In Your Arms (The Old Globe), Carousel (Houston Grand Opera). Film/TV: FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Girls5Eva, Ted 2, Five Dances, NBC’s Peter Pan Live!; Smash, and most recently, Netflix’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things and Better Nate Than Ever from Disney+.

Brandon L. Whitmore

Gideon

 is thrilled to be playing Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The Muny. Tour: Hello, Dolly! Favorite regional credits: The Muny, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, North Carolina Theatre. BFA in Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Kristin Yancy

Liza

is a dancer, actor, singer and creator based in Brooklyn, New York. She is so deeply grateful to be back onstage (live!) and thrilled to be making her Muny debut! Some favorite credits include: The Cher Show (Broadway), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway, u/s Disco Donna), Queen of the Night (off-Broadway, Nadia), The Who’s Tommy (direction and choreography by Josh Rhodes, The Kennedy Center), West Side Story (Guthrie Theater, u/s Anita), Hostage, a film by Ryan Heffington and Bliss, a new musical (world premiere, The 5th Avenue Theatre). Kristin is a producer and co-owner of immersive theatre company MinuteZero. Proud WashU grad! kristinyancy.com

Matthew Davies

Joel Douglas
(Swing)

Duane Martin Foster

Anna Gassett
(Swing)

Michael Hartung

Lynn Humphrey

Kamal Lado

John Peterson

Rich Pisarkiewicz

Emilie Renier

Cooper Stanton

Daryl Tofa

Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva
(Swing/Dance Captain)

Jerry Vogel

Rebecca Young

The company will also be joined by

Creative Team

Josh Rhodes

Director / Choreographer

Josh Rhodes is thrilled to return to The Muny after previously directing Paint Your Wagon, Jersey Boys and choreographing Young Frankenstein. Josh directed and choreographed Grand Hotel (NY City Center Encores!), Tommy (Kennedy Center) Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (Old Globe Theatre), Paint Your Wagon, Guys and Dolls (Old Globe), Spamalot (5th Avenue Theatre), Show Boat (Bucks County Playhouse), The Sound of Music, Evita and Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep), and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He also choreographed the Broadway productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, It Shoulda Been You, First Date and Bright Star. On London’s West End, he choreographed Carousel at the English National Opera and Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson. Other choreography credits include Company starring Neil Patrick Harris and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (PBS), the U.K. tour of Doctor Dolittle, and Scotland, PA (Roundabout). Josh is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.

Valerie Gebert

Music Director

returns to The Muny after helming previous productions of The Wizard of Oz (2016), Seussical (2014) and West Side Story (1995). She has toured North America with Disney’s The Lion King, WickedJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond, the award-winning revival of CabaretThe Addams Family and, most recently, R&H’s CinderellaFinding Neverland and AnastasiaRegionally, she has performed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and California Musical Theatre.

Show Guidelines

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers features rousing, high-kicking dance numbers, heartfelt romance and soaring songs and is suitable to entertain the entire family.

Based on the Academy Award-winning 1954 film, it’s an age-old tale of wooing and winning, with oldest brother Adam and his assertive young bride, Milly, living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness. Milly attempts to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law, but her plan goes comically wrong. It’s a classic battle of the sexes – a western rollick with some of the most iconic choreography in musical theatre history.
With seven times the fun, this unforgettable joyride through the Oregon frontier features whistle-worthy favorites, including “Bless Your Beautiful Hide,” “Goin’ Courtin’” and “Wonderful, Wonderful Day.”

Language

The word damn is used.

Sexual Innuendo

A few songs contain sexual innuendo. During the song “We Gotta Make It Through The Winter,” the brothers sing about their affection and attraction to their brides.

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol is mentioned twice and chewing tobacco is referenced one time.

Violence

A lumberman gives Milly a hard time, and Adam fights him.

Several scenes contain physical skirmishes between the suitors and the Pontipee brothers, one of which involves guns

Mature Content

The show presents antiquated notions of marriage, given the fact that Adam is looking for a wife to take care of the chores his brothers don’t want to do. He believes he knows what a woman’s place is and how to keep her there. However, Milly shows him she’s her own boss.

The song “Sobbin’ Women” has sexist tones about how the Romans carried off women when they needed them for domestic purposes in their new territories.

The brothers’ misguided attempt to woo townswomen culminates with the carrying off of their brides in a silly, tongue-in-cheek manner. Ultimately, the brothers must earn back the respect of the women and atone for their actions.