Firehouse theatre brings ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ to RVA, uncouth plot line and all
The musical classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is being performed in Richmond, and it sounds like a great time, even for people that don’t regularly see musicals.
Based on the 1954 film of the same name, the musical is based in 1850s Oregon, where two newlyweds aim to tame the groom’s rowdy brothers and get them wed as well. The brothers are so uncouth that getting them wed entails abducting local townswomen, and some of the more interesting props include ten pounds of pancakes and a gigantic stage-engulfing burlap sack.
The play’s subject matter is certainly controversial, what with the kidnapping of women and all, but it’s having new life breathed into it and hopes to be much more accessible in the modern day. according to Connor Scully, the musical’s director, at the same time, the 50’s-style narrative doesn’t avoid the controversial aspects of the story, taking them head on instead.
“We’re taking the script and following it word for word,” Scully said. “I would say that the heightening of these elements adds humor to what is already in theory a comedic romp.”
Some of the play’s strengths, Scully claims, are in its musical numbers and dance routines. Humorously distasteful songs like ‘Sobbin’ Women’, in which the brothers devise their plan to abduct the women, will be set alongside exciting choreography.
The play is being performed in Richmond because it’s not a conventional type of play for the city, and that should make it an attractive musical to see. It’s also sure to be energetic, with a large 20-person cast.
Scully picked the play because he thought it would follow RVA’s tendency towards “weird, modern, and new” art. He’s hoping to give the show, which could be expressed in a traditional way, a modern twist.
“It’s not quite just your normal piece of theatre,” he said.
Because many of Richmond’s theatre goers have seen lots and lots of theatre, Scully thinks they’ll be entertained from the differences found in this rendition of the musical.
“This is a play they’ve seen many times,” Scully said, “and maybe it’s a little bit different than the way that they’ve seen it before.”
You can catch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers July 11th through 19th, 7:30pm, at the Firehouse Theatre. Grab tickets here or buy them at the door (cash preferred).
Top Image: Mat Ehrlich, Jenna Kraynak, & Mahlon Rauofi – Photo by Bill Sigafoos
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