BY CARA VAN DIJK / PHOTOS COURTESY OF PALM CANYON THEATRE
Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) is bringing back the magic of Brigadoon. Although the story’s lore is that the mysterious Scottish Highland village only appears for one day every 100 years, this is the third time PCT will produce the Lerner and Loewe classic. The show opens PCT’s 27th season in uptown Palm Springs and runs from September 15-24.
The musical revolves around Americans Jeff Douglass and Tommy Albright’s unexpected discovery of the town of Brigadoon. After falling for local Fiona MacLaren, Tommy must choose between returning to the life he knows or giving up on the outside world and taking a chance on love in this beautiful place. The show, which was first produced on Broadway in 1947, features a memorable score that includes such standards as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “The Heather on the Hill,” “Come to Me, Bend to Me,” and “There But For You Go I.”
Musical theatre veteran Paul Grant plays Tommy Albright – a role he has played before. In fact, Grant portrayed Tommy at PCT in 2003. Grant also performed as Charlie Dalrymple in a national tour of Brigadoon, directed by Rob Marshal, in the early 90s.
Se Layne plays Fiona MacLaren, and Luke Rainey performs as Jeff Douglass. Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of Brigadoon features 41 talented local performers including Derik Shopinski, Sheldon Safir, Brandy Valentine, Lawrence Todd, Dani Jara, LT Cousineau, Donald Kelley, Frank Catale, David Brooks, Terry Huber and Alison Logan (dance captain).
PCT’s Brigadoon is directed by Michael Pacas and choreographed and costumed by Shopinski. Jaci Davis is the show’s musical director, with set design by Toby Griffin and projections by Nick Edwards.
Brigadoon runs Sept. 15-24. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $38 for adults; $34 for seniors; $17 for students. Group discounts are available.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or other information, call the PCT box office at 760-323-5123 or order online at palmcanyontheatre.org. Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, at the corner of Alejo Road and Palm Canyon Drive. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Brigadoon is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.