Friday, July 24, 2009


Photo by Charr Crail


One of the most popular shows ever at Music Circus will return to the tent beginning Tuesday, August 4, when California Musical Theatre presents "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." A story that thrills audience members with dazzling dance numbers and classic loves stories will run through Sunday, August 9. Tickets are on sale now!

On a farm in Oregon in the mid-1800s live Adam and his six brothers. Unable to keep the house clean on their own, Adam goes in search of a wife. Adam meets Milly and they wed at once. Milly discovers that Adam wanted a maid rather than a wife, yet she still tries to make the best of her situation by teaching the other brothers’ etiquette. Milly brings the new and improved brothers to town to meet women, but after a brawl, they are banned from town. After falling in love with the women they met while in town, the brothers kidnap them to marry them. The townspeople go to recapture the women but are blocked by an avalanche that won’t clear until spring. During that period of time, the couples fall in love and seven weddings are held.

The cast of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" will be led by Music Circus favorites Joseph Mahowald as Adam and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as Milly. Mahowald, whose Broadway credits include the lead role in "Jekyll & Hyde" and Javert in "Les Misérables," has been seen here in "Seven Brides" and "South Pacific." Piro Donovan was most recently under the tent as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." She holds the distinction as the only woman to have played both Fantine and Cosette in the Broadway cast of "Les Misérables." The cast will also include 18 young singers and dancers playing brothers, brides and suitors.

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" will be directed by former California Musical Theatre producing director Leland Ball. Pepper Clyde, who choreographed all the previous Music Circus productions of "Seven Brides," will return to once again recreate the high energy, acrobatic dance sequences. Clyde’s association with the musical began when she toured in the role of Ruth in the first national tour with Howard Keel and Jane Powell.

The 2009 Music Circus season continues with, "Man of La Mancha" (August 11-16) and "Cats" (August 18-30).

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets for all Music Circus shows are $53 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $50 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees, and $41.

Tickets are currently on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion at 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by phone at (916) 557-1999. Tickets are also available online at or by calling (800) 225-2277. For groups of 12 or more call (916) 557-1198.

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