The Bridges of Madison County Cast Album, With Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, Breaks Into Billboard 200

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23 Apr 2014

Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale
Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale
Photo by Joan Marcus

The original Broadway cast album of the new Jason Robert Brown-Marsha Norman musical The Bridges of Madison County, which was released digitally April 15 from Ghostlight Records, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Cast Recording chart and also broke into the Billboard Top 200.

Produced by composer-lyricist Brown and Jeffrey Lesser with Kurt Deutsch as executive director, the cast, which is headed by Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, gathered to record the 20-track Ghostlight Records album March 3. The physical CD will include a deluxe 32-page booklet with complete lyrics, color photos, a synopsis by Norman, notes by Brown and an essay by renowned writer and critic Jesse Green. The disc will arrive in stores May 20.

The digital album also placed #53 on the Billboard Overall Digital Albums, while nabbing the #184 spot on the Billboard Top 200 albums.

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) helms the musical that 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). Broadway performances began Jan. 17.

The track listing follows:



"To Build a Home"
"Home Before You Know It"
"Temporarily Lost"
"What Do You Call a Man Like That?"
"You’re Never Alone"
"Another Life"
"Wondering"
"Look At Me"
"The World Inside a Frame"
"Something From a Dream"
"Get Closer"
"Falling Into You"
"State Road 21"
"Who We Are And Who We Want To Be"
"Almost Real"
"Before and After You"
"One Second and a Million Miles"
"When I’m Gone"
"It All Fades Away"
"Always Better"

Read critics' reviews for the musical here.

Tony Award nominee O'Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Nice Work If You Can Get It) and 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.

Read: An Affair to Remember — Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale Talk The Bridges of Madison County.

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 tickets, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. The Schoenfeld Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street.

For more information visit BridgesOfMadisonCountyMusical.com.

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Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale
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