Brigadoon 1954 – Wonderful Musical

 

9. Brigadoon.

Brigadoon was a Broadway musical that ran for over 12,000 performances both in the United States and England. In 1954 it was made into a movie musical starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, and Virginia Bosler.

Brigadoon was about two New York pals Tommy Albright (Gene Kelly) and Jeff Douglas (Van Johnson) who went to Scotland on a hunting trip. During the trip they got lost and came upon Brigadoon which suddenly appeared through the Scotland fog.

Of course eventually Albright decides to return to Brigadoon to be with Fiona – the girl he loves.

brigadoon

As far as musicals go what made Brigadoon interesting was that the storyline was unique.

Also MGM decided to make the film in the studios which meant enormous studio sets of the Scottish Highlands and in Colour and Cinemascope Scotland looked magnificent – as it always does !!!

I remember working in the Lincolnshire town of Gainsborough when in 1968 the local Operatic Society staged this musical - at what was a theatre / cinema in the town centre. Many of the girls who worked in the offices were in that production and it proved very popular.

It is not one of the best known musicals BUT it is one of the best with a great storyline.

As with the musicals  Brigadoon has a lots of songs – most of them in clips in the trailer below

The film trailer is below :=

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