Forbidden Romance Reignites at The Bridges of Madison County Preview Starring Andrew Samonsky and Elizabeth Stanley

News   Forbidden Romance Reignites at The Bridges of Madison County Preview Starring Andrew Samonsky and Elizabeth Stanley
The national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County is set to star Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky. Take a look inside rehearsals before they hit the road. 

Stanley (On the Town) stars in the role of Italian American housewife Francesca opposite Samonsky (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid. The roles were originated on Broadway by Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, respectively.

They will be joined by Cullen R. Titmas as Bud, Mary Callanan as Marge, David Hess as Charlie, Dave Thomas Brown as Michael, Caitlin Houlahan as Carolyn and Katie Klaus as Marian/Chiara/State Fair Singer.

Ensemble members are Cole Burden, Caitlyn Caughell, Brad Greer, Lucy Horton, Amy Linden, Trista Moldovan, Jessica Sheridan, Matt Stokes, Tom Treadwell and Bryan Welnicki.

The production launches at the Des Moines Civic Center Nov. 28. The Bridges of Madison County has a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Honeymoon in Vegas) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother).

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (The King and I, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) helmed the musical. Tyne Rafaeli will recreate the original staging for the tour. Tom Murray is music supervisor with Keith Levenson as music director.

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. The stage production and film were based on the best-selling Robert James Waller novel.

Bridges, which opened on Broadway Feb. 20, 2014, ended its Broadway run May 18, 2014, after 137 performances. Despite its brief run, The Bridges of Madison County earned two 2014 Tony Awards, for Best Score and Best Orchestrations. 

The tour will reflect the work of the original Broadway design team, including Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Catherine Zuber (costume design) and Jon Weston (sound design). Movement is by Danny Mefford. Casting by Telsey + Company/Cesar Rocha, CSA.

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