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Broadway By the Bay launches its 2006 season with the MGM film favorite-turned-Tony-nominee SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Carrie Madsen and David Miailovich star as Millie and Adam, a love-struck pair who are determined to lead the ladies of the Oregon territory and the six remaining Pontipee brothers down the aisle.

Ancient legends of heroes and battles have long proven fertile grounds from which to pluck ideas for films (Troy, Gladiator, and Alexander are recent examples), but only one Hollywood musical made the transition from ancient mythology to silver screen.  _SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS _was adapted from the legend of the Sabine women by way of the short story “The Sobbin’ Women” by Stephen Vincent Benet. Arguably one of the most enjoyable musicals to come from the classic era of the studios, SEVEN BRIDES…boasts music (by Gene de Paul, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn) as memorable as that of Show Boat, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Al Kasha, and Joel Hirschhorn, and choreography as thrilling and athletic as Singin’ in the RainSEVEN BRIDES… was adapted for the stage in 1983, and was nominated for a Tony award for Best Score.

Broadway by the Bay’s sensational production, directed by guest artist Evan Pappas and choreographed by Berle Davis, promises all the splendid fun that made SEVEN BRIDES_… MGM’s biggest musical hit of 1954.  Irresistibly good-natured, the audience can’t help forgiving the brothers’ Neanderthal sensibilities as they learn etiquette, dance steps, and charm from their new sister-in-law in order to win over a bevy of reluctant brides-to-be._   

Director Evan Pappas, a Broadway veteran and Daly City native, returns to Broadway By the Bay where his direction of 2004’s Funny Girl garnered six Bay Area Critics Nominations including Best Musical and Director.  Papas’ Broadway performance credits include Putting It Together (opposite Carol Burnett), Parade, My Favorite Year, and A Chorus Line, in addition to numerous Off-Broadway and regional performances which garnered Pappas multiple regional awards and award nominations.  Additional directing credits include My Favorite Year (Village Light Opera Group of Manhattan), Parallel Lives (Theatre for the New City , NYC), Broadway Babes (the Covent Garden Festival), Life_, Love, Song: A Visit With Geena Branscombe_, A Chorus Line, and Alright Ma, I’ll Sing.  He can be heard on the cast recordings of Parade, My Favorite Year, Lucky Stiff, Merrily We Roll Along (London), and Follies ( London ). 

Berle Davis is in his 30th season choreographing for Broadway By the Bay.  In past years his work has been nominated many times for Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Choreography, winning for Singin’ In the Rain, Me and My Girl_, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line_.  As a performer, Berle has performed the choreography of Gower Champion, Jerome Robbins, Onna White, and Carol Haney. 

About the Ticket Supplier: Broadway By The Bay

Broadway By the Bay is the only major musical theatre company between San Francisco and Palo Alto producing full-scale musical productions using local talents. We are committed to producing the highest-quality shows while maintaining accessibility to our community through affordable ticket prices. In our 50-year history we have received numerous awards and countless acclamations, but none as valued and important than the continued patronage by our community.