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The Bridges of Madison County actor joins the new musical Off-Broadway.
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Cole Burden, most recently seen in the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County, will join the cast of the Off-Broadway musical Himself and Nora in the role of the Priest, starting July 26.

Matt Bogart and Whitney Bashor
Matt Bogart and Whitney Bashor

Himself and Nora, a new musical that chronicles the love story between celebrated writer James Joyce and his muse, Nora Barnacle, officially opened June 6 at the Minetta Lane Theater.

Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) and Jersey Boys’ Matt Bogart star as the literary lovers.

The show, which began performances May 14 and is directed by Michael Bush, features a book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle.

Matt Bogart and Whitney Bashor On The Ingredients of Long-Lasting Love

The cast also includes Michael McCormick (Chaplin), Gary Troy (Boardwalk Empire), Lianne Marie Dobbs (A Tree Grows In Brooklyn) and Victoria Huston-Elem (The Addams Family Nat'l Tour).

“It was one of the world's great romances. She was the country girl from Galway whose burning sexuality and acerbic wit inspired the genius of James Joyce,” state production notes. “Himself and Nora is a passionate musical that reveals the private life of one of modern literature's most controversial figures and illustrates the untold story of Joyce's lifelong love and muse, Nora.”

Watch the cast celebrate St. Paddy's Day in New York, below:

The production features musical direction by James Sampliner, choreography by Kelli Barclay, set design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Keith Caggiano. Casting is by Geoff Josselson, general management by DR Theatrical Management, production management by Production Core and production stage management by CJ LaRoche.

Himself and Nora is produced by Cherie King and executive-produced by R. Erin Craig.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, or calling (800) 745-3000.

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