The Bridges of Madison County, Starring Kelli O'Hara, to Premiere at Williamstown
By Adam Hetrick
The Bridges of Madison County, a new musical by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown based on the romantic novel and film of the same title, will premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August.
Williamstown artistic director Jenny Gersten confirmed the news first reported by the New York Times. The news of a summer production comes just as the Bridges of Madison County creative team is gearing up for a mid-January reading of the material. Casting for the reading has not been announced.
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) will stage the project that has a score by Tony winner Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother).
Kelli O'Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Light in the Piazza, South Pacific), who took part in earlier readings of Bridges of Madison County, will star as Francesca Johnson in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production. The four-time Tony Award nominee returns to familiar dramatic territory with Bridges of Madison County; last summer she starred in the musical adaptation of Far From Heaven at Williamstown.
O'Hara, as previously reported, will repeat her work Off-Broadway this spring when Far From Heaven, penned by Scott Frankel, Michael Korie ad Richard Greenberg, receives its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons.
The Bridges of Madison County is based on the novel by Robert James Waller. It centers on a brief, four-day love affair between a photographer and an Italian-American housewife in 1965 Iowa. Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep starred in the 1995 film.
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