Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
UK and Ireland No. 1 Tour 2013/2014
****FOUR STARS The Times
****FOUR STARS The Mail on Sunday
ITV’s Dancing on Ice Champion Sam Attwater as Adam Pontipee
BBC How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria’s Helena Blackman as Milly Pontipee
Peter Frosdick, Paul Nicholas with George Critchley for PMA Productions Ltd will be co-producing the fabulous musical
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS on a UK national tour to number one venues in 2013/2014
“DANCING ON ICE” WINNER AND EX-EASTENDER
SAM ATTWATER AS ADAM PONTIPEE
BBC’s “HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA’S”
HELENA BLACKMAN AS MILLY PONTIPEE
Opened at THE CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY
Directed and Choreographed by
EMMY NOMINATED… PATTI COLOMBO
SAM ATTWATER as Adam
HELENA BLACKMAN as Milly
- Ross Meagrow as Benjamin
- Joe Murphy as Caleb
- Jack Evans as Daniel
- Pip Hersee as Ephraim
- Sam Stones as Frank
- Jack Greaves as Gideon
- Marianne Phillips as Ruth
- Carrie Willis as Dorcus
- Georgina Parkinson as Alice
- Lindsay McAllister as Martha
- Elisha Sherman as Sarah
- Zoe Nicole Adkin as Liza
- Luke Robson
- Kiel Payton
- Matt Kennedy
- James Revell
- Nathan Colman
- Morgan Jackson
- Matthew Atkins as Mr Perkins
- Stephanie McConville as Mrs Bixby
- Alex Hammond as Mr Halloum
- Nikkola Burnhope as Mrs Halloum
- Michael Chance as Preacher
- Dave Barratt – male Swing
- Leanne Groutage – female Swing
Sam Attwater and Helena Blackman will star in a stunning new version of the classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
It is being directed and choreographed by Broadway’s award-winning Patti Colombo, who has already won rave reviews for this version in the USA. The Wall Street Journal describe her as “one of the finest musical-comedy choregraphers in the business”. Variety added: “Patti Colombo has fuelled the action with dizzying leaps and spins that frequently brought cheers from the opening night audience.”
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will open at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley (Friday 13 – Saturday September 21) then tour to Cardiff, Edinburgh, Wimbledon, Crewe, Birmingham, Aylesbury, Cheltenham, Showstoppers Dancewear Blackpoolol, Sunderland and Glasgow. More dates will be announced soon for 2014.
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 is packed with 16 timeless classics, including Bless Your Beautiful Hide, A Woman Ought to Know Her Place and Goin’ Courtin’.
This new production is directed and choreographed by Broadway’s award-winning Patti Colombo, who The Wall Street Journal describe as “one of the finest musical-comedy choregraphers in the business”.
Sam Attwater (Adam) landed his first TV acting role in 2009, playing Ricky in Hollyoaks. The following year he joined EastEnders and its online spin-off, EastEnders: E20, as Leon Small. Sam is also a singer. He recently played Brad Majors in the 40th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show and also appeared in the stage musicals Dreamboats and Petticoats in the WestEnd, Tonight’s the Night and 20th Century Boy.
Helena Blackman (Milly) was Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy at the Wales Millennium Centre, Dorothy in an acclaimed run of The Wizard of Oz at Leicester Haymarket Theatre, she toured the UK as Nellie Forbush in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, she played Gertie in Noel & Gertie at the Cockpit in London and was in The Secret Garden at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
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. She received an Emmy nomination and American Choreographapher’s Award for Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby on US TV and she also choreographed the original Tony-nominated Broadway production. She choreographed national tours of Doctor Dolittle starring Tommy Tune and Seussical, the Musical with Cathy Rigby. She received L.A. Drama-Logue Awards for Drood (West Coast premiere), On the Town, Most Happy Fella, and West Side Story.
Set Design is by Anna Louizos, Lighting Design Nick Richings, Sound Design Jezz Helens, Musical Supervisor Martin Hughes, Musical Director Bruce Knight, Associate Director/Choreographer Karl Warden.
As well as being a very successful actor, Paul Nicholas has produced many shows including: Jesus Christ Superstar (concert version), The Pirates Of Penzance (UK tour), Grease (West End & Broadway – Tony Award nomination for Best Revival 2008), The Rocky Horror Show (directed by Paul Nicholas), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (West End), Singin’ in the Rain (UK tour), Evita (UK tour), Chess (UK tour), Happy Days (UK tour), Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium & Minskoff Theatre, New York), Producer, co-adapter Tale of Two Cities (UK tour), Jekyll & Hyde (UK tour), Keeler (directed by Paul Nicholas), Jest End (Players Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre) Keeler Producer/Director (UK Tour),The Tale Of Two Cities musical (Charing Cross Theatre). His latest West End production is WAG! The Musical at Charing Cross Theatre.
Peter Frosdick’s producing credits over the past 18 years include major national tours of: 42nd Street, South Pacific, Anything Goes, Singin’ In The Rain, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Jekyll And Hyde, Carousel, Barnum, Fiddler On The Roof, Pirates of Penzance, Murdered To Death, Keeler and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, which also played in the West End. His latest West End production is WAG! The Musical at CharingCross Theatre.
George Critchley is the Producer and Artistic Director for PMA Productions Ltd. He has produced over 60 plays, musicals and pantomimes.
Seven Brides Associates present: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Book by Lawrence Kasha and David S Landay,
Music by Gene de Paul Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
New Songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
starring Dancing on Ice Champion SAM ATTWATER as Adam Pontipee
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria’s HELENA BLACKMAN as Milly
Directed and Choreographed by Broadway’s award-winning PATTI COLOMBO
Featuring classic songs including: ‘Bless your Beautiful Hide’, ‘Goin’ Courtin’, ‘Wonderful Wonderful Day’, ‘Sobbin’ Women’, ‘Lonesome Polecat’, ‘Spring, Spring, Spring’, ‘Love Never Goes Away’.
Voted the 3rd most popular musical of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a glorious romp, brimful of hand clapping effervescent energy, dazzling dance routines and sixteen smash hit showstoppers by Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul, that perfectly integrates song, dance, and story.
- w/c 16th September, 2013 – BROMLEY
- w/c 23rd September, 2013 – CARDIFF
- w/c 30th September, 2013 – EDINBURGH
- w/c 7th October, 2013 – WIMBLEDON
- w/c 14th October, 2013 – CREWE
- w/c 21st October, 2013 – MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE
- w/c 28th October, 2013 – AYLESBURY
- w/c 4th November, 2013 – CHELTENHAM
- w/c 11th November, 2013 – BLACKPOOL
- w/c 18th November, 2013 – SUNDERLAND
- w/c 25th November, 2013 – GLASGOW
- w/c Monday 13th January, 2014 – BRISTOL Hippodrome
- w/c 27th January, 2014 – DUBLIN
- w/c 4th February, 2014 – BIRMINGHAM
- w/c Monday 17th February, 2014 – DARTFORD – The Orchard Theatre
- w/c Monday 24th February, 2014 – LIVERPOOL Empire
- w/c Monday 10th March, 2014 – OXFORD New Theatre
- w/c Monday 7th April , 2014 – BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
- w/c Monday 21st April, 2014 – WOKING New Victoria
- w/c Monday 28th April, 2014 – RICHMOND
- w/c Monday 5th May, 2014 – STOKE Regent
PATTI COLOMBO HAS WON THE CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS AT GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE FOR BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
“Seven Brides shows why it can still hold its own after 50 years” Liverpool Echo
“The Choreography is outstanding” The Stage
“The stage brims with leaping, twirling and backward somersaulting that is genuinely invigorating” The Guardian
All press quotes were selected from previous UK tours and a west end season staged and co-produced by Peter Frosdick