Friday, July 18, 2008

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers / Review

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Empress Theatre
Based on the book by David Landay and Lawrence Kashar
Lyrics by: Al Kasha, Joel Hirshhorn and Johnny Mercer
With music by: Gene de Paul and Joel Hirschhorn
Directed by: Porter Williams

Set in Oregon in 1850, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is the story of seven lonely Pontipee brothers. Adam, the oldest, goes to town looking for a bride. He finds Milly working in a restaurant and convinces her to marry him. But Milly's ecstasy quickly sours when she finds she is also to take care of Adam's six unkempt, burly brothers. Deciding to make the marriage work, Milly sets a plan into motion to marry off the brothers, first teaching them how to properly court girls.

The play is performed by local actors from the Oquirrah Hills Performing Arts Alliance. However, you couldn't tell, I felt like I viewed a Broadway play, well alright, maybe an off Broadway play.

Pre-show there was an old fashioned, finger-lickin', lip-smackin', rip roarin', dutch oven dinner. Delicious, and for a good cause, help to fund our community non-profit theatre.

I recommend this play and dinner package to anyone in the local area. The Empress Theatre is unique its self, and a great experience. It's been refurbished, but the building has been kept to the original design. Built in 1916 originally as a Burlesque show for the local miners at Kennecott. In 1917 it began showing silent movies. Small and quaint.
I give this a wonderful 5

6 comments:

Molly Daniels said...

I love that play! Even when performed by high schoolers:)

Tad said...

Mary, Thank you for the wonderful review. Please come and see more shows at the Empress Theatre.

Here's the linkback to the Empress Theatre blog.

Anonymous said...

I also enjoyed this wonderful show. The dancing on that small stage was fantastic, the characters were all interesting to watch. Including some of the lesser characters like the preacher, he was fun to watch. The only thing that I have that was distracting was the lighting. It was a little dark and seemed to not be out of place. The dream sequence dance was wonderful but the lighting was awful.

Anonymous said...

I also enjoyed this wonderful show. The dancing on that small stage was fantastic, the characters were all interesting to watch. Including some of the lesser characters like the preacher, he was fun to watch. The only thing that I have that was distracting was the lighting. It was a little dark and seemed to be out of place. The dream sequence dance was wonderful but the lighting was awful.

Anonymous said...

I also enjoyed this wonderful show. The dancing on that small stage was fantastic, the characters were all interesting to watch. Including some of the lesser characters like the preacher, he was fun to watch. The only thing that I have that was distracting was the lighting. It was a little dark and seemed to be out of place. The dream sequence dance was wonderful but the lighting was awful.

Mary said...

Tad,
We have season tickets! And I have a whats happening in Utah blog that Empress Theater is at the top whenever they have something playing. http://maryswhatshappeningthisweek.blogspot.com

Have a good day,