Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
JULY 5 – 12
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.
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.
Music Director / Conductor
Sinai Tabak is an NYC-based music director, pianist and arranger who recently served as the associate conductor of The Cher Show on Broadway. Select regional credits: Paint Your Wagon (Muny), The Sound of Music (Music Supervisor, Asolo Rep), Footloose (Kennedy Center), Evita, (Asolo Rep), Josephine (Asolo Rep), Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep and Old Globe), Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center), Bells Are Ringing (Berkshire Theater Festival), The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Off-Broadway: Stars of David (DR2 Theatre), Goldstein (Actors Temple) and workshops of Los Otros (59E59), The Total Bent (Public Theater), American Psycho and Damascus Square. Film: Hello Again. Sinai received a degree in Music Composition from NYU.
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.”
The word damn is used.
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.
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
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.