The Houston engagement, which runs Jan. 19-31, 2016, is the first confirmed tour stop for Bridges, which ended its run May 18, 2014, after 137 performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The national tour is expected to launch this fall with additional markets and a launch city to be announced in the near future.
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) helmed the musical that has a score by Tony winner Brown (Parade, Honeymoon in Vegas) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother).
Despite its brief run, The Bridges of Madison County earned two 2014 Tony Awards, for Best Score and Best Orchestrations. A Ghostlight Records cast album preserves the score.
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 begun.
The TUTS season also includes Matilda (Oct. 6-18), A Christmas Story (Dec. 8-20), Mary Poppins (March 8-20, 2016), Oliver! (April 5-17) and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (May 3-15).