Jane Powell and Howard Keel
I can’t say with absolute certainty that Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the first musical I ever saw, but it IS the first one I remember. I loved everything about it, then, as a little girl, and I love everything about it now… with three little girls of my own all grown!
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was directed by Stanley Donen and boasts an absolutely incredible cast including Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Russ Tamlyn, Jeff Richards, Julie Newmar, and Ruta Lee. It’s beautiful, joyful, and deliciously colorful entertainment that is timeless.
An interesting bit of trivia about this wonderful musical: MGM had (for whatever reasons!) low financial expectations for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. With these low expectations in mind, they chose to allocate resources, instead, to Rose Marie and Brigadoon. Ironically, neither of these films had anywhere near the commercial and critical success of Seven Brides.
In fact, Seven Brides is, to this day, the most popular of the three!