BBC stage star Helena Blackman in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Bromley's Churchill Theatre
PUBLISHED: 12:23 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:23 21 August 2013
Take a trip back in time to the green forests of America's 19th century west coast as musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers arrives in Bromley next month.
Set in the 1850s, the classic production has received a make-over from award-winning choreographer Patti Colombo, who has already received acclaimed reviews for the show in the US.
Starring Dancing on Ice champion, Sam Attwater, and How Do You Solve A Problem Live Maria? star, Helena Blackman, the show tells the story of seven brothers and their ludicrous scheme to kidnap a wife each.
Featuring classic musical numbers, including Bless Your Beautiful Hide, A Woman Ought To Know Her Place and Goin’ Courtin’, the songs remain a constant in this all- new take on the production.
Helena, who plays lead character Milly, is fast becoming a veteran of London’s West End and says it was the chance to play a character she first saw as a child that drew her to the role.
“It’s one of the musicals I grew up with,” she explains. “I had never played the part and I liked that. I get to create my own version of her and she’s surprisingly feisty for the period it’s set in.
“We’re in rehearsals at the moment and I’ve never done anything like this. It’s all singing and dancing.”
The stage actress goes on to explain that this production has never been seen before in the UK, and says it has something for everyone – including topless, musclebound men.
She added: “It’s a really romantic love story, but there is some eye candy in there too.”