Steven Pasquale Cast in Williamstown Premiere of Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County
By Adam Hetrick
Steven Pasquale will return to the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer as part of the world-premiere Jason Robert Brown musical The Bridges of Madison County. The season will also include appearances by John Benjamin Hickey and Patricia Clarkson.
Pasquale (Reasons to Be Pretty, "Rescue Me") appeared in the Williamstown production of Far From Heaven last summer, and will also star in the upcoming Off-Broadway transfer of that musical at Playwrights Horizons this spring.
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). It will run Aug. 1-18.
Pasquale will step into the role of Robert Kincaid, originated on screen by Clint Eastwood. The Williamstown production of Bridges of Madison County was originally announced to star Pasquale's Far From Heaven co-star Kelli O'Hara; however, the actress is expecting her second child, and will not be able to appear in the summer engagement. O'Hara will appear in the Off-Broadway run of Far From Heaven, which runs through June 30.
Additional casting for The Bridges of Madison County will be announced.
It has also been announced that Tony Award winner Hickey (The Normal Heart) and Academy Award nominee Clarkson ("Pieces of April," The Elephant Man) have been cast in a one-night-only July 1 staged reading of Kay Cattarula's Scott and Zelda, directed by Maria Tucci.
According to WTF, "New York in the Jazz Age, glamorous life on the Riviera, competing ambitions, true love – what didn't go into the Fitzgeralds' legendary marriage? Scott and Zelda allows audiences to hear the story in their own words – drawn from their novels and commentary from intimates like Ernest Hemingway and others. Their edgy union, challenged by traumatic breakdowns and critical failures, found its best expression in their final letters, which are among the most moving ever written."
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