Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brig O' Doon: A Town. A Bridge. A Cookie.

 The 1954 MGM movie of Brigadoon
(which hoped to be filmed in Scotland, in the heather!)
was actually shot on MGM's sound stages.
It starred Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse and Van Johnson,
got panned by the critics
(The New York Times review called it "pretty weak synthetic Scotch")
and lost over a million bucks at the box office.

 Cyd was dubbed by Carol Richards...
here she is (center) with a lot of "lasses" 
(that's Scotish for "dames")
in "Waitin' for My Dearie."

 The original Broadway version opened in 1947,
and starred David Brooks and Marion Bell (front and center).
Agnes De Mille choreographed, the reviews were A LOT better,
but still no real heather.

 The original Broadway poster...

Frederick Loewe (left) and Alan Jay Lerner,
the creators of Brigadoon, their first Broadway hit.
They would go on to write Paint Your Wagon, Gigi,
My Fair Lady, and Camelot.
They also contributed music for the musical film,
The Little Prince.

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