The Meal: We arrived early enough to be promptly seated and have plenty of time to order a drink and peruse the 6 or so entree options available. Mom, Dad and I chose the Top Sirloin, which was served with salad, red potatoes, and steamed vegetables. We all ordered our steaks medium or medium-well and we all thought our respective steaks were more done than we had expected, even though our server claimed they tend to be cooked on the “rarer” side. Knowing they tend to be rarer, I ordered mine medium-well fully expecting at least a little pinkness, but instead it was pretty done and even had a thick charbroiled coating. Despite this the steak was still fairly tasty, as were the potatoes and steamed veggies.
Maggie was the lone dissenting diner, ordering the Chanhassen Chicken; a boneless chicken breast stuffed with Minnesota wild rice dressing and topped with Hollandaise sauce. She offered me a sample, and I was definitely jealous that her chicken was better tasting than my steak. I would definitely recommend the Chanhassen Chicken! During dinner our waitress was nice enough to snap a picture of us, even though they had a professional photographer offering prints for $10.
The Show: I won’t summarize the entire show here, but you can read an adequate synopsis on the Chanhassen Theaters website. The first act of the musical was very comically oriented both in the dialog and the musical numbers surrounding the capture of Millie (by Adam) and the rest of the brides by Adam’s six other brothers. After a 20 minute intermission, the show resumed with much more drama and conflict in the 2nd act, highlighted by Adam taking some time away from the farm and subsequently finding out his wife (who he has temporary separated from) is having a baby. Also, the fact that spring is coming and the townspeople will likely be able travel up to the farm to forcefully “rescue” the stolen brides from Adam’s brothers is another point of conflict in the play.
I enjoyed the light-hearted comical aspects of the show, but most of it was confined to the 1st act. The second act moved swiftly and before you knew it the final song and dance scene had ended. For as much buildup as there was throughout the show, I expected a more climactic, drawn out conclusion.
I give Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Chanhassen 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun family-friendly musical. Overall everyone in our party enjoyed the show and enjoyed a nice evening at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.