Broadway Stars Join Jason Robert Brown for Tonight's Live-Streamed Bridges of Madison County Iowa Concert

News   Broadway Stars Join Jason Robert Brown for Tonight's Live-Streamed Bridges of Madison County Iowa Concert Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown conducts selections from his 2014 musical The Bridges of Madison County as part of a special July 2 concert with the Des Moines Symphony. Joining him are Tony nominee Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro.

Hugh Panaro
Hugh Panaro

Noll (Ragtime) and Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera) will perform "To Build a Home," "It All Fades Away" and "One Second and a Million Miles" from Brown's Tony-winning musical during a free concert at the Iowa State Capitol’s West Terrace. The concert also promises selections from The Music Man and State Fair. Iowa Public Radio will broadcast the performance live beginning at 8:30 PM CT. The broadcast can be streamed at iowapublicradio.org.

The tour will launch Nov. 28 with an official opening set for Dec. 1 in Des Moines. Iowa's scenic heartland serves as the setting where the Robert James Waller romance unfolds. A special pre-sale will be available July 2-10 for the musical's Des Moines premiere. Use code POPS online at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.

The musical has a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Honeymoon in Vegas) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother).

Bridges, which opened on Broadway Feb. 20, 2014, ended its Broadway run May 18, 2014, after 137 performances. Despite its brief run, The Bridges of Madison County earned two 2014 Tony Awards, for Best Score and Best Orchestrations. 

Current tour dates follow:

Des Moines, IA Nov. 28–Dec. 5 Des Moines Civic Center
Los Angeles, CA Dec. 8, 2015–Jan. 17, 2016 Ahmanson Theatre
Houston, TX January 19–31, The Hobby Center
Dallas TX February 2-14, 2016 at Dallas Summer Musicals
Tempe, AZ February 16-21, ASU Gammage
Las Vegas, NV February 23–28, The Smith Center
Pittsburgh, PA March 8–13, Benedum Center
Dayton, OH March 15–20, Schuster Center
St. Louis, MO April 5-17, The Fabulous Fox
Fayetteville, AR April 19–24, Walton Arts Center
West Palm Beach, FL April 26–May 1, Kravis Center
Charlotte, NC May 3-8, Knight Theater
Nashville, TN May 10-15, TPAC - Jackson Hall
East Lansing, MI May 19-22, Wharton Center
Minneapolis, MN June 21–26, Orpheum Theatre
Washington, DC June 28–July 17, The Kennedy Center
Greenville, SC July 19-24, The Peace Center

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) helmed the musical. Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Nice Work If You Can Get It) and Steven Pasquale (Reasons to Be Pretty, Far From Heaven, "Rescue Me") led the cast as Italian-American housewife Francesca Johnson and National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid, respectively.

Casting for the tour has not been announced.

The tour will reflect the work of the original Broadway design team including Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Catherine Zuber (costume design) and Jon Weston (sound design). Movement is by Danny Mefford.

The romantic musical centers on a brief, four-day love affair between a National Geographic photographer and an Italian-American housewife in 1965 Iowa. Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep starred in the 1995 film adaptation. The stage production and film were based on the best-selling Robert James Waller novel.

A Ghostlight Records cast album preserves the score.

View highlights from the Broadway production below:

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