Jul 18, 2014 >> We Brigadoon with Rachel Rockwell [VIDEO]
Meet Rachel Rockwell. The Chicago-based director and choreographer recently took on a very tall order: the revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon. And what a milestone it is! It’s the first splashy stage version of the Broadway classic in over thirty years. What’s more? Handpicked by Liza Lerner, daughter of famed lyricist Jay Lerner, Rachel armed herself with a talented team of theatre professionals to remount one of the most unique stories in musical theatre history.
The show is vibrant and happy. But all that musical theatre lightness is undercut with high stakes in the love department. Dance is an artform in the sleepy village of Brigadoon, a town that comes to life one day every 100 years, and the musical numbers that Rachel envisioned light up the stage with energy and purpose. And men in kilts.
We visit Rachel at the Goodman Theatre after opening night. From the plush velvet seats of the cozy theatre house, Rachel walks us through the making of Brigadoon—from perfecting her scottish accent, the family tartans of the highland clans to the research behind the remount, excuse the musical theatre lyric that’s about to come your way: It’s almost like being in love this season at the Goodman.
Brigadoon plays through August 17th at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Street. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org for more information and tickets.