By Matthew Blank
15 May 2014
Directed by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), the new musical arrived on Broadway Jan. 17 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre after a developmental summer engagement at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The musical earned four 2014 Tony Award nominations including Best Original Score (Jason Robert Brown), Best Actress (Kelli O'Hara), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder) and Best Orchestrations (Jason Robert Brown).
Despite being one of a handful of new musicals to arrive with a completely original score this season, The Bridges of Madison County was overlooked by the Tony Award nominating committee in the category of Best Musical.
The Bridges of Madison County officially opened Feb. 20. Read critics' reviews of the production here.
When it closes Bridges of Madison County will have played 137 performances. A tour is expected to launch in fall 2015.
The musical has a score by Tony winner Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother).
Five-time 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") lead the cast as Italian-American housewife Francesca Johnson and National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid, respectively.
Tony nominee Hunter Foster (Hands on a Hardbody, Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors) portrays Bud Johnson, with Derek Klena (Wicked) and Caitlin Kinnunen (Spring Awakening) as teenagers Michael and Carolyn Johnson, respectively.
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.
Cass Morgan (Memphis) and Michael X. Martin (Catch Me If You Can) play the roles of Marge and Charlie, the ever-present next door neighbors. The cast is completed by Whitney Bashor, Jennifer Allen, Ephie Aardema, Katie Klaus, Luke Marinkovich, Aaron Ramey, Dan Sharkey, Tim Wright, Jessica Vosk, Charlie Franklin and Kevin Kern.
The creative team includes Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Jon Weston (sound design), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach) and Thomas Murray (music director).
The musical is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel. They will be joined by Gutterman Chernoff, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Carl Daikeler, Scott M. Delman, Aaron Priest, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Independent Presenters Network, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Stuart, Caiola Productions, Remmel Dickinson, David Lancaster, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Will Trice, with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures and The Shubert Organization.
For more information visit BridgesOfMadisonCountyMusical.com.