Arguably, the Sobbin' Women should be confined to history, but this production (which heads to the King's Theatre in Glasgow from November 25 to 30) manages to salvage the best intentions of the "romantic" action set in the backwoods of Oregon.
The Broadway-style dances have been superbly modernised by director and choreographer Patti Colombo. The first act's Social Dance was testament to the talent of the very young company, while the rousing Wedding Dance almost got the typically reserved crowd whooped up into a semblance of excitement.
The pivotal roles of Adam and Milly were played by Sam Attwater and Helena Blackman, respectively a Dancing On Ice winner and runner-up on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? While Attwater's singing and physical presence made his drawl seem slightly dodgy in comparison, Blackman impressed on every level, with enough rigour (seen in I Married Seven Brothers) and sweetness (especially in Wonderful Wonderful Day) to convince throughout.
Youngest brother Gideon (Jack Greaves) shone vocally, and his movement was matched by his slick band of buff brothers, while Alice (Georgina Parkinson) was his cute-as-a-button "filly". Brides Ruth and Dorcas (Marianne Phillips and Carrie Willis) raised the bar with their dancing, although the strength of the company was its slick ensemble work.
Bless their beautiful hides - and catch it before the run ends tomorrow.