The Bridges of Madison County is Coming to Broadway
As Broadway heads into the heat of the summer, many shows will enjoy summer performances filled with tourists in New York City from around the nation and globe. With the 2012-2013 season just coming to an end about a month ago, the 2013-2014 season on Broadway is set to begin with it’s first official opening in just two weeks! While it may seem years away from this moment, bookings for the spring 2014 season are already flowing in and overflowing at that it seems. However, we have multiple definite productions scheduled and here is just one of them! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that The Bridges of Madison County will come to Broadway next Spring!
The Bridges of Madison County is a brand new musical that features music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Pulizter Prize Award winner Marsha Norman. The main story of Bridges of Madison County focuses on two lowers. The love affair, which only lasts for four days, is between a National Geographic photographer and an Italian-American Housewife. The story was originally based off of a romantic novel of the same name by Robert James Waller and was turned into a movie in 1995 starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
Lead producer Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich and Jerry Frankel announced The Bridges of Madison County will come to Broadway in Spring 2014. The show will begin previews January 13th, 2014 at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Opening night has not been announced but is set for a late date in February. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (Pictured Right) will direct the piece. Sher reunites his entire South Pacific creative team for the project including Michael Yeargan as scenic designer, Catherine Zuber as costume designer, Donald Holder as lighting designer and Jon Weston as sound designer.
No casting for the Broadway production has been announced yet!
Before The Bridges of Madison County makes it’s way to Broadway next spring, the show will have it’s first premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August. Sher and his entire creative team are attached to the Williamstown run of the show as well. The Williamstown premiere will star Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow in the two leading roles. Four time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara was originally attached to the Williamstown run but had to depart after expecting her second child during the late summer. Jason Robert Brown who wrote the music and lyrics for the piece is pictured Left
Luner on Theatre couldn’t be more excited to see a brand new piece of musical theatre come to Broadway! New musicals are so far and few these days, we always love seeing fresh material that is coming out and making it’s way into the spotlight. I am also very excited for Jason Robert Brown who has been having an all star year these past few months. From The Last Five Years returning Off-Broadway and making it’s cinema debut to his new musical Honeymoon in Vegas also scheduling an upcoming Broadway run; things are looking good for Jason Robert Brown! While we don’t know Bridges of Madison County nor have ever seen the movie, we will definitely be doing some more homework just to see entirely what this piece is about. Something we do find interesting from the very beginning though? The show has booked a Broadway run before it’s first premiere has ever even taken place. Just something to think about.
The path to Broadway for The Bridges of Madison County has just begun! Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you all the news leading up to Opening Night on Broadway and beyond for this brand new production! If you’re in the Williamstown area this summer and get the chance to check out the show, let us know! We would love to know what you think! It will be incredible to watch just how much this show grows in such a short amount of time. For more information, check out The Bridges of Madison County’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!