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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Attwater and Blackman star

Theatre preview

SAM Attwater (as Adam Pontipee) and Helena Blackman (Milly) will star in a new version of the classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which visits New Wimbledon Theatre (October 7 to October 12, 2013) as part of a UK tour.

The production will be directed and choreographed by Broadway’s award-winning Patti Colombo, who has already won rave reviews for this version of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the USA, the Wall Street Journal describing her as “one of the finest musical-comedy choregraphers in the business.”

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers living in the rural backwoods, who goes to town to get himself a wife. Convincing Milly to marry him that very same day, he forgets to mention he has six brothers – all living together in his cabin. Milly decides to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own.

Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam has what he thinks is an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness – they will kidnap the women they want!

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers features 16 timeless classics, including Bless Your Beautiful Hide, A Woman Ought to Know Her Place and Goin’ Courtin’.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers has book by Lawrence Kasha and David S Landay, music by Gene de Paul, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and new songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn.

Dancing on Ice champion Sam Attwater’s first TV acting role came in 2009, when he played Ricky in Hollyoaks. The following year he joined EastEnders and its online spin-off, EastEnders: E20, as Leon Small. Also a singer, he recently played Brad Majors in the 40th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show. His other musical credits include Dreamboats and Petticoats (West End), Tonight’s the Night and 20th Century Boy.

Helena Blackman (How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?) played Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (Wales Millennium Centre), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Leicester Haymarket Theatre), Nellie Forbush in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (UK tour) and Gertie in Noel & Gertie (Cockpit Theatre).

Patti Colombo’s choreography for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Goodspeed Opera House received a Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award for Best Choreography and The Elliot Norton Award for the National Tour.

For the US TV production of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby, she received an Emmy nomination and American Choreographapher’s Award. She also choreographed the original Tony-nominated Broadway production as well as national tours of Doctor Dolittle, starring Tommy Tune, and Seussical, the Musical, again with Cathy Rigby. She also received L.A. Drama-Logue Awards for Drood (West Coast premiere), On the Town, Most Happy Fella and West Side Story.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will have set design by Anna Louizos, lighting by Nick Richings, sound by Jezz Helens, musical supervision by Martin Hughes and musical direction by Bruce Knight. Associate Director/Choreographer will be Karl Warden.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will open at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley (Friday, September 13 to Saturday, September 21, 2013) then tour to Cardiff, Edinburgh, Wimbledon, Crewe, Birmingham, Aylesbury, Cheltenham, Blackpool, Sunderland and Glasgow. More dates will be announced soon for 2014.