Derek Klena & Caitlin Kinnunen Join the Cast of ‘The Bridges of Madison County’

Producers Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel announce that Derek Klena (Wicked) and Caitlin Kinnunen (Spring Awakening) will join the cast of The Bridges of Madison County, the new musical based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller. The pair will play Michael and Carolyn Johnson, the children of Francesca (Kelli O’Hara) and Bud Johnson (Hunter Foster).

Klena will return to Broadway after his recent appearance as Fiyero in Wicked. Kinnunen, will reprise the role of Carolyn, which she originated at Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer. The pair join the previously announced Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Hunter Foster, Cass Morgan, and Michael X. Martin.

The Bridges of Madison County will begin rehearsals on Monday, December 9, 2013, with the first preview on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The opening night is set for Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre, by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

Four-time Tony® nominee Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Light in the Piazza) reunites with Bartlett Sher, the Tony- winning director of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. O’Hara is joined onstage by Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”, reasons to be pretty).

The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller and comes to Broadway after an acclaimed run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

BRIDGES is a rich, new musical
that reverberates with GORGEOUS SONGS.”
– Bloomberg News

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH BRIDGES. A LUSH, LOVELY, and immensely moving musical with SONGS THAT SOAR.”
– Hartford Courant

The lead producers of The Bridges of Madison County are Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel. They are joined by Gutterman Chernoff, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Carl Daikeler, Michael DeSantis, Aaron Priest, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick Stuart, Scott M. Delman, Independent Presenters Network, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Caiola Productions, Remmel T. Dickinson, Ken Greiner, David Lancaster, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Will Trice, with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures and The Shubert Organization.

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BIOS

DEREK KLENA (Michael). Broadway: Wicked (Fiyero). Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Eddie Birdlace – Clive Barnes Nomination), Carrie (Tommy). Regional: Hairspray, Happy Days, Cinderella, Joseph…Dreamcoat , Big River. TV: “The Tomorrow People,” “Carrie Diaries.” Heartfelt thanks to Gersh, Rachel, Telsey + Co., MET2, Centre Stage, and Linda Corwin. Love to my family and friends for their constant support.

CAITLIN KINNUNEN (Caroline) is thrilled to be back with the Bridges family! Broadway: Spring Awakening. Tour: Next to Normal. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The 5th Avenue, Village Theatre. TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “Sweet Little Lies.” Thanks to her family, M, and The Luedtke Agency!

KELLI O’HARA (Francesca Johnson) has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. She recently completed a run in Nice Work If You Can Get It for which she garnered her fourth Tony Award Nomination. Other Broadway credits include: South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations, OCC Nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies and Dracula. She is currently starring in the new musical Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizon. Other Regional/Off Broadway credits include: Far From Heaven at WTF, King Lear at the Public Theater, Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores, Sunday in the Park with George at Reprise, My Life With Albertine at Playwright’s Horizons and Beauty at the La Jolla Playhouse.  Kelli starred in the New York Philharmonic productions of Carousel & My Fair Lady, receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Julie Jordan and as Eliza Doolittle respectively. Kelli’s concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill and in between. She has performed three times at the Kennedy Honors and frequently appears on the Memorial Day and July 4th PBS live telecasts. Among her film and television credits are Sex & The City 2, “Blue Bloods,” Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva opposite Simon Baker, The Dying Gaul starring Patricia Clarkson, “Alexander Hamilton” (PBS), “NUMB3RS” (CBS), “All My Children,” the animated series “Car Talk,” and numerous live performances on national television shows. Kelli’s voice can be heard on numerous cast recordings. Her second solo album, Always is currently available on Ghostlight Records.

STEVEN PASQUALE (Robert Kincaid) is best known for starring on the 7-season FX hit TV series “Rescue Me” as firefighter Sean Garritty.  He was also the star of NBC’s recent Jekyll and Hyde reboot “Do No Harm.”  A regular on the theater scene, he was recently seen in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Public Theater.  He starred on Broadway in Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty, as well as A Soldier’s Play (Second Stage), Neil LaBute’s off-Broadway hit, Fat Pig (MCC), the Ahrens/Flaherty/McNally musical A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Beautiful Child (Vineyard Theater), The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), Spinning Into Butter (Lincoln Center), and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (MTC).  Pasquale also created the role of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza. He starred in The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day Concert), and A Little Night Music (Roundabout, opposite Victor Garber, Natasha Richardson, and Vanessa Redgrave).  Steven co-starred in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath opera at Carnegie Hall.  Pasquale also starred in the national tour of Miss Saigon.  He was  seen opposite Kelli O’Hara in Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons this past summer. Other television credits include “Up All Night”, “Over/Under” for USA (pilot), “Coma” for A&E, “Marry Me” opposite Lucy Liu, a recurring role on HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama “Six Feet Under” and Sofia Coppola’s “Platinum.” His film credits include the role of Dallas in Alien vs. Predator: Requiem; Aurora Borealis, which premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival; and Jonathan’s Segal’s The Last Run. His debut solo album, Somethin’ Like Love, was released in 2009 by the Grammy-nominated record label PS Classics.

HUNTER FOSTER (Bud). Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics noms.), Urinetown (Outer Critics nom.), Les Miserables, Grease, Footloose, King David. Off-Broadway: Borrowed Dust, Burning, Ordinary Days, Happiness (Drama Desk nom.), Frankenstein, Dust, Modern Orthodox, Urinetown (Lortel nom.). TV: “Bunheads” (Recurring). Regional: Hands on a Hardbody , Little Miss Sunshine , Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Helen Hayes nom.), The Government Inspector, Mister Roberts , Children of Eden, Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me a Tenor, Martin Guerre. Foster wrote the books for the musicals Summer of ’42, Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale and The Hollow.

CASS MORGAN (Marge). Broadway: Memphis, Mary Poppins, Ring of Fire, Beauty and the Beast, The Capeman, The Human Comedy, Pump Boys and Dinettes (co-creator), Hair. Off-Broadway: The Immigrant, Floyd Collins. Regional: 1776, Saint- Ex, Music Man (Geva), Emmet Otters Jug Band Christmas (Goodspeed), Cabaret, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Das Barbecue, Children Of Eden. Favorite roles: Mom to Collin and Jocelyn. Nana to Magdalena and Abigail.

MICHAEL X. MARTIN (Charlie). 13 Broadway shows include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Catch Me If You Can, Ragtime, 9 To 5, Curtains, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma, 1776. Encores: Merrily We Roll Along, Kismet, Do Re Mi, Pardon My English, among others. Regional: Williamstown, Denver Center, A.C.T., Center Theatre Group, Wilma, Cleveland Playhouse. TV/Film: All “Law & Order” series, “Boardwalk Empire,” The Producers.