Thepeoplescritic.com posted a review about CYT Houston’s, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” yesterday.
Here is a selection from the show review:
“I’m old enough to remember seeing the MGM Technicolor film masterpiece, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,’ in a real theater on the wide screen. Now, for those lucky enough to get one of the remaining tickets, that delicious musical is available live on the stage of the Crighton Theatre for a very limited time only. If you have been blessed to come across this report in time, be blessed again by going to see the show. You won’t be sorry.
If you have youngsters old enough to sit still at a great show for two hours, by all means bring them along….Your kids will be learning about the real joys the theatre can afford them.
A marvelous group known as Christian Youth Theatre brings us the theatrical magic I am describing….This MTI edition has a book by Lawrence Kasha & David Landay, some new songs by Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn, and is skillfully directed here by Ray Pereira with terrific show coordination by Wendy Brasher.
Anchoring this fine production are the extraordinary talents of fourteen year-old Austin Hartis (in the role of the oldest brother, Adam), and seventeen year-old Kaylin Hill (in the role of his bride, Milly).
Several key elements contribute to the success of this production. At the performance I attended the very lovely Miss Hill was enchanting as Milly and she had a gentle sweet voice to match. More than once she reminded me of Jane Powell in the original film.
What was perhaps even more remarkable was the convincing portrayal of Adam by fourteen year-old Mr. Hartis….The pairing of Hill and Hartis is clearly one of the anchors of this production. Another is the extraordinary dancing of the full cast under the brilliant direction of choreographer, Kim Glaspie, with assistance from Tiffany Plunk.
That a cast of nearly fifty youngsters with an average age of thirteen accomplished all this makes the results all the more remarkable. Adding to the glow are the richly colored costumes of designer, Marci Lane and her army of parent volunteers, along with the charming farm country set designs of Rob Holbrook & Brandon Nixon. And if you don’t believe this is farm country, just keep your eyes peeled for real farm animals that include a piglet, a goat and a chicken.
All performed superbly.”
Read the complete show review, written by David Dow Bentley III, here: SEVEN is a Lucky Number for CYT’s, BRIDES & BROTHERS.
Photos by The People’s Critic.