Why See The Unsinkable Molly Brown?
Celebrating the legendary historical heroine
When the worldwide hit movie that was Titanic reached our screens, the force of nature that was Kathy Bates' character sparked a flurry into research. But few realized, if at all that the extraordinary woman was actually the subject of her own Broadway musical. Meredith Willson's 1960 musical predated Titanic by over 30 years, and pays tribute to a true American icon and symbol of endurance against the odds. A true rags-to-riches story, Molly Brown takes us through her journey from impoverished Missouri beginnings, through the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and finally onto her fateful trip aboard the Titanic.
A proto-feminist story
From a very young age, Colorado native Molly knew she wanted to be rich. Tomboyish, outspoken and strong minded, she married J.J Brown, the love of her life, after he struck it rich during the Gold Rush. As the Browns rose through society, Molly faced snobbery and derision, but rose above it all with good humor, kindness and undeniable flair to become the cherished figure that still captivates today. Revived in 2014 at The Denver Center, it delved further into Meredith Wilson's back catalogue, adding newly discovered songs to the show. Choreography comes from three time Tony Award winning Kathleen Marshall.
Tony-nominated Broadway actress Beth Malone returns to the lead role of the irrepressible Brown, following her original turn in Fun Home as Alison.
Opening night: 21 July 2017
Suitable for ages 10+
Two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
And before you stop reading
Image taken from the 2014 Denver Center production
Cast and Creative
Beth Malone as Molly Brown
Paolo Montalban as Arthur
Whitney Bashor as Julia
Marc Kudisch as J.J. Brown
Karl Josef Co, Donna English, Jennifer Evans, Dionne D. Figgins, Patty Goble, Gregg Goodbrod, Mike Haggerty, Michael Halling, John Hickok, Emily Hsu, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Kate Marilley, Stephanie Martignetti, Carissa Massaro, Georgia Mendes, Paul Scanlan, Mike Schwitter, Gabi Stapula, Cullen R. Titmas, and Daryl Tofa, and The Muny kid and teen youth ensembles
Lyrics and Music by Meredith Willson
Additional Lyrics and Book by Dick Scanlan
Based on the Original Book by Richard Morris
Musical Adaptation by Michael Rafter
Directed and Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
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