‘Brides’ kicks off Goodspeed season

Revived tuner will run April 15-June 26

Burke Moses leads the cast of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” the opening production of the 2005 season at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Greg Ganakas directs the tuner, which runs April 15-June 26, with opening night set for May 11.

Moses, last seen on Broadway as Herakles in “The Frogs,” plays eldest brother Adam in the musical comedy set in 1850s Oregon territory. The remaining brothers will be played by Kevin Bernard, Brian Hissong, Jim T. Ruttman, Eric Sciotto, David Tankersley and Karl Warden.

The brides will be portrayed by Kristen Dawn Calgaro, Sarah Jane Everman, Sara Hart, Heather Janneck, Liz Pearce, Jacquelyn Piro and Mahri Relin.

“Seven Brides,” which appeared on Broadway in 1982, has a book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay, music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn have contributed new songs to this production.

Choreography is by Patti Colombo. Musical director is Michael O’Flaherty. Greg Brown is assistant music director with orchestrations by Michael Morris and dance music arrangements by Sam Davis. Sets are designed by Russell Metheny, costumes by Gregory Gale and lighting by Michael Lincoln.

Separately, Goodspeed’s production of “Amour” has shifted dates and changed directors.

Darko Tresnjak will helm the musical, to be staged Aug. 11-Sept. 4 at the Norma Terris Theater in Chester, Conn.

Adapted from “Le Passe-Murraille” by Marcel Ayme, Goodspeed’s reconceived production of the musical has music by Michel Legrand, French libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert and English lyrics by Jeremy Sams.

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