The musical theatre program at Rider University presents Seven Brides for Seven Brothers April 24 through April 28, 2013 in the Bart Luedeke Center Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Robin Lewis is the director, and Nathan Hurwitz is musical director for the cast composed of students studying musical theatre at Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. Last season they collaborated for Rider’s production of The Producers.
Based on the popular movie of the same title, this production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was adapted by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay with music by Gene de Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The story centers around Milly, a young bride living in the 1850's Oregon wilderness, who plans to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage. Her plan backfires when the brothers in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is full of the boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.
Robin Lewis' Broadway credits include Fosse, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden and the first national tours of Victor/Victoria and The Producers. Other national tours include A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly!, Beauty and the Beast and special performances at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He appears on the PBS Dance in America movie Fosse: A Celebration in Dance. Lewis' choreographic work includes the Richard Linklater film BERNIE, starring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black. He has choreographed scores of others shows regionally, garnering multiple critical awards, including the Kennedy Center/ACTF Excellence in Choreography.
Nathan Hurwitz’s career spans from Broadway to regional theatres to the concert halls of the United States and Europe. His Broadway credits include Blood Brothers, Dream and Phantom of the Opera. He has taught acting and coached voice for many years privately as well as at New York University, HB Studios, Point Park College, the University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Syracuse University.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the door, through the box office at 609-896-7775 or online at www.rider.edu/arts. General admission preview tickets are $9 and are only available at the door. For more information, visit rider.edu/arts.