The musical, which features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden;'night, Mother), is based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller that was also adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. The story centers on a brief, four-day love affair between a National Geographic photographer and an Italian-American housewife in 1965 Iowa.
Following a previous run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Bridges of Madison County will begin Broadway previews Jan. 17, prior to a Feb. 20 opening night at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.