Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky Heat It Up in First Pics From The Bridges of Madison County Tour

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Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky co-star as Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County, which officially opened Dec. 1 in Des Moines, IA.

Stanley (On the Town) stars in the role of Italian American housewife Francesca opposite Samonsky (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid. The roles were originated on Broadway by Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, respectively.

The tour began performances Nov. 28.

They are joined by Cullen R. Titmas as Bud, Mary Callanan as Marge, David Hess as Charlie, Dave Thomas Brown as Michael, Caitlin Houlahan as Carolyn and Katie Klaus as Marian/Chiara/State Fair Singer.

Ensemble members are Cole Burden, Caitlyn Caughell, Brad Greer, Lucy Horton, Amy Linden, Trista Moldovan, Jessica Sheridan, Matt Stokes, Tom Treadwell and Bryan Welnicki.

The Bridges of Madison County 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).

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (The King and I, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) helmed the musical. Tyne Rafaeli recreated the original staging for the tour. Tom Murray is music supervisor with Keith Levenson as music director.

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.

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. 

The tour reflects 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. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Cesar Rocha, CSA.

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
Kansas City, MO June 14-19, Starlight Theatre
Minneapolis, MN June 21–26, Orpheum Theatre
Washington, DC June 28–July 17, The Kennedy Center
Greenville, SC July 19-24, The Peace Center

A Ghostlight Records cast album preserves the score.

Visit bridgesmusical.com.

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