Book by Alfred Uhry, Music by Robert Waldman, Lyrics by Alfred Uhry. Based on the novella by Eudora Welty
Set in eighteenth century Mississippi, the musical follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother, intent on Rosamund’s demise, her pea-brained henchman, and a hostile talking headin-a-trunk, and you get a rollicking country romp. With its distinct sound, colorful cast, and unique form of storytelling, The Robber Bridegroom is a hidden gem!
The show started with an early 1970s production at St Clements Theatre in producer Stuart Ostrow’s Musical Theatre Lab, which invented the concept of the “workshop” development process for musicals.
The first Broadway production opened in a limited engagement on October 7, 1975 at the Harkness Theatre, where it ran for 14 performances and 1 preview before setting out on a one-year US national tour. Its success on the road convinced the producers to mount a revamped Broadway production with an extended book and expanded, heavily bluegrass-tinged score.
The music, deemed “country and southern” by Clive Barnes, was arranged for guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and banjo.
The second Broadway production opened on October 9, 1976 at the Biltmore Theatre, where it ran for 145 performances and 12 previews. (Source: Wikipedia)
Dates of Performances
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The Production Crew
|Director/ Choreographer||Bob Wells|
|Assistant Choreographer||Mathew Kepler|
|Music Director||Donna Debreceni|
|Co-Music Director||Mitch Jervis|
|Set Designer||Michael Duran|
|Sound Designer||Curt Behm|
|Lighting Designer||Seth Alison|
|Props Designer||Rob Costigan|
|Costume Designer||Terri Fong|
|Costume Assistant||Laurie Fong|
|Costume Maintenance||Terri Fong|
|Production Stage Manager||Mathew Kepler|
|Sound Operator||Meagan Holdeman|
|Run Crew 1||Greg Kendall|
|Run Crew 2||Taylor Adams|