‘The Bridges of Madison County’ Begins Performances Friday, January 17, 2013; Special Behind the Scene Look at Sitzprobe

 

The Bridges of Madison County, the new musical by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning team of Marsha Norman (‘night Mother, The Color Purple) and Jason Robert Brown (The Last Fie Years, Parade), will begin performances Friday, January 17, 2014, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street).

Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), The Bridges of Madison County stars four time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Light in the Piazza) and star of screen & stage Steven Pasquale (reasons to be pretty, “Rescue Me”). The Bridges of Madison County will hold it’s opening night on February 20, 2014.

The sitzprobe for The Bridges of Madison County was held at Carroll Music Studios on January 9, 2014. Click the link to get a special behind the scene look at what went on:

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

KELLI O’HARA (Francesca Johnson). Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC Nom), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk & OCC Nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula and Jekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway: Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons and WTF), King Lear (Public Theater), Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores), Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), My Life With Albertine (Playwright’s Horizons). Concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. Film/TV credits: Sex & The City 2, Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, “Blue Bloods,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “Numb3rs” and the animated series “Car Talk.” She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World are available on Ghostlight Records.

STEVEN PASQUALE (Robert Kincaid) is thrilled to be making his Broadway musical debut in The Bridges Of Madison County. Broadway: reasons to be pretty (Tony nomination – Best Play) Off Broadway: Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism… (Public) Soldier’s Play (Second Stage), Fat Pig (MCC), A Man of No Importance (LCT, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Beautiful Child (Vineyard), Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), Spinning Into Butter (LCT), Wild Party (MTC). Originated the role of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza. Film/TV includes “Rescue Me,” “Six Feet Under,” “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem”, “Platinum”, “Aurora Borealis”, “Up All Night,” “Marry Me, “Coma,” “Do No Harm,” and the USA pilot “Over/Under”. His debut solo album, “Somethin’ Like Love,” is available on PS Classics.

JASON ROBERT BROWN (Music and lyrics, Orchestrations) has composed music and lyrics for Songs for a New World, Parade (Tony Award, Original Score), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk Awards, Music and Lyrics), and 13. As a pianist and singer, Jason has toured the world with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, and his solo album Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes was on Amazon.com’s 100 Best list. Mr. Brown conducted the National Symphony in his orchestral piece The Trumpet of the Swan (written with Marsha Norman). In 2014, his next musical, Honeymoon In Vegas, will open on Broadway, and a film of The Last Five Years will arrive in theaters. Jason has taught musical theatre performance and composition at USC and is an Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University.  He directed 13 in the West End and the 2013 production of The Last Five Years Off-Broadway at Second Stage. Jason lives in New York with his wife, composer Georgia Stitt, and their two daughters. www.jasonrobertbrown.com

MARSHA NORMAN (Book) won a Pulitzer Prize for her play, ‘night, Mother and a Tony Award for her book of The Secret Garden on Broadway. She also wrote the book for The Color Purple, currently playing in London. Ms. Norman is co-chair of the Playwriting Department at Juilliard and vice president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her other plays include Getting Out, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Trudy Blue and Last Dance. Her published work includes Four Plays, Vol. I: Collected Plays of Marsha Norman and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has numerous film and TV credits, Grammy and Emmy nominations, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is a native of Kentucky who lives in New York City and Great Barrington with her two children.

BARTLETT SHER (Director). LCT: Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nom.), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards/also directed London and current Australian productions), Awake and Sing! (Tony nom.), The Light in the Piazza (Tony nom.). New York: Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons); Cymbeline (Callaway Award for best Director, first American Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company); Waste (Best Play Obie Award); Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA). Artistic Director of Seattle’s Initiman Theatre (2000 –2009) and formerly Resident Director of the Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, Opera: Two Boys, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival and La Scala); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera); Two Boys (ENO).