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Derby Dinner Playhouse opened SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS last week and I enjoyed every minute of this loud and big Broadway musical that once was also a big movie hit with MGM!  Set in the 1850's in Oregon, this is  a classic American musical that will take you back to the glory days of the movie musical.  Full of romance and foot-stomping dances, this is the saga of a young bride in the Oregon wilderness who finds herself in an unexpected situation after hastily marrying a mountain man!  She finds she has also gotten 6 rowdy brother-in-laws and she must make them more presentable and teach them the ways of Goin' Courtin if she ever has a chance at getting them out of the house.


Jilliam Prefach plays the leading lady, Milly Bradon.  She brings heart and gusto to the role, both belting out beautiful songs and bringing a warmth to this woman who has grown accustomed to the politically incorrect ways of mountain men. Her just as equal counterpart is Adam Pontipee, played by Edward Miskie.  His boisterous voice opens the show with Bless Your Beautiful Hide and you immediately feel that even though he may not have proper manners and etiquette, he is a kind man.

This musical is particularly known for the big dance numbers and interesting choreography. Heather Paige Folsom does a spectacular job with creating dance numbers around frontier scenes in barns, woods, and homecoming dance floors.  At one point there are literally 20 people on the stage at once, kicking up their heels and flying through the air as they are spun around!  The 6 brides and 6 brothers that are all part of this chorus of performers give 100% to their performances. I can only imagine how exhausted they must be after each show!  Sara King (Dorcas) stands out as the funniest one of the bunch, not afraid to admit she likes boys.  Adam Raque (Gideon) shows off awesome acrobatic stunts throughout. There are many familiar faces on stage in this show and each every person adds to the overall robust vocal tones and energetic moves!  

Add an abduction, an avalanche, and a seven shot-gun wedding, and you’ve got a rip-roaring musical full of fun!  Come join Derby Dinner Playhouse for wistful ballads, charming comic turns, and show-stopping dance numbers

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is based on the popular MGM film and “The Sobbin’ Women” by Stephen Vincent Benet.  The musical was written by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay with music by Gene dePaul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.  SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS features such musical numbers as We Gotta Make It Through the WinterSobbin' Women, Bless Your Beautiful Hide, and Glad That You Were Born.  This production is under the direction of Lee Buckholz.  Costume Designer Sharon Harrah provides wonderful period attire right down to the shoes the performers wear!  


b2ap3_thumbnail_ddp3_20150403-180825_1.jpgDerby Dinner Playhouse will close out their 40th Anniversary season with the musical SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, opening March 31 and running through May 10, 2015.  For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit




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