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Arizona Broadway Theatre takes on challenge of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’

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Relive the glory days of the movie musical when “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” comes to the Arizona Broadway Theatre stage Jan. 17–Feb. 16. The play is based on the 1954 MGM film classic of the same name, which starred Jane Powell as Milly, a young bride living in the Oregon wilderness of the 1850s. To save her own marriage, Milly decides to reform her husband’s six rowdy brothers, who all live in his cabin, and help marry them off.

Directing “Seven Brides” at ABT is Andy Meyers. “This show is known for its rolling mountain landscapes, many locations and some of the most athletic choreography recorded,” he says. “For that reason it is rarely produced by theaters, but I love the challenge of bringing this magnificent and loved story to the ABT stage.” Meyers recently played Max Detweiler in “The Sound of Music” and directed “The Winter Wonderettes” at ABT.

Choreographing the production, which is packed with high-spirited dance numbers and intense action sequences, is ABT veteran Kurtis W. Overby. At ABT Overby has choreographed many shows and has won ariZoni Awards for “Anything Goes” and “42nd Street.” He has also performed in a number of ABT presentations and has directed, musically directed and choreographed “The Taffetas” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Providing musical direction is Adam Berger, who has conducted more than 20 shows at ABT, including “Cats,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Full Monty,” “Footloose, “42nd Street,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Joseph."

Leading the group of 24 performers who make up the cast of “Seven Brides” are Shelley Jenkins as Milly Bradon and ABT newcomer Brian Krinsky as Adam Pontipee.

Jenkins last performed at ABT in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and she recently worked with Overby choreographing “Hairspray.” Other credits include the national tour of “Camelot,” “Anything Goes,” “Brigadoon,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Me and My Girl,” Liza in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Jackson Hole Playhouse), “Hello, Dolly!” and “Oklahoma!”

Krinsky recently played Bill Sykes in “Oliver.” Other credits include Horton in “Seussical,” the national tour of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Brigadoon,” “Fame” and “The Male Animal.”

Additional cast members new to ABT are Alicia Newcom, Melissa Waterbury, Quinten Patrick Busey, Cameron Edris, David M. Bevis, Benjamin Rowan, Jordan Ellis, Jonte Culpepper, DJ Petrosino, Joel Pellini, Caleb Schaaf and Joseph Fierberg.

Additional cast members returning to ABT are Emily Blake Anderson, Daria Degaetano, Katie Larson, Sarah Powell, Adam Shaff, Scott Shedenhelm, Mary Jane McCloskey, Hannah Blentley, Rick Baldwin and Robb Isaacson.

To view all cast biographies, click here.

ABT is located at 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, Ariz. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ABT box office at (623) 776-8400.

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