BWW Flashback: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Closes on Broadway Today
The Bridges of Madison County, the new Broadway musical by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning team Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, starring five-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O'Hara as Francesca Johnson, and star of screen and stage and 2014 Drama Desk nominee Steven Pasquale as Robert Kincaid, plays its final performance today, May 18, 2014, having played 137 performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through BRIDGES' beginnings on Broadway!
The cast also includes Hunter Foster as Bud Johnson, Cass Morgan as Marge, Michael X. Martin as Charlie, Caitlin Kinnunen as Carolyn, Derek Klena as Michael, as well as Whitney Bashor, Jennifer Allen, Ephie Aardema, Katie Klaus, Luke Markinovich, Aaron Ramey, Dan Sharkey, Tim Wright, Jessica Vosk, Charlie Franklin, and Kevin Kern.
The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller. The Bridges of Madison County is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
The Bridges of Madison County began previews on January 17, 2014 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Scroll down for BWW's first coverage (by photographer Walter McBride) of the company meeting the press and previewing the songs "You're Never Alone," "Another Life," and "Before and After You".
The Bridges of Madison County opened on February 20, 2014, and Robert James Waller, the author of the novel on which the musical is based, visited the show. Below, check out BWW's photos from the special curtain call (by Walter McBride), plus the company's Opening Night cake!
Ghostlight Records will release the Broadway cast recording of The Bridges of Madison County in stores tomorrow, May 19. With just its digital sales since April, the album debuted as the No. 1 Cast Recording on the Billboard chart and hit No. 53 on the Billboard Overall Digital Albums chart. It also broke into the Billboard Top 200 albums chart -- a rarity for a musical theater album -- at No. 184. Scroll down for photos and video of the cast in the recording studio (photos by Walter McBride)!
Just before the 2014 awards season kicked into full swing, BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge sat down with Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale for our SAG Foundation Conversations Series. Check out the interview below!
Just last Thursday, May 15, The Bridges of Madison County cast attended a reception for Jason Robert Brown as he celebrated his official Sardi's caricature unveiling. See JRB in cartoon form below (photo by Walter McBride)!
Even with its closing today, there is no doubt The Bridges of Madison County has made a lasting impact this season.
The show has been nominated for two Outer Critic Circle Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards including Best New Musical, three Drama League Awards, and four Tony Awards including Best Actress (Kelli O'Hara), Best Original Score (Jason Robert Brown), Best Orchestrations (Jason Robert Brown), and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder).
The production is set to embark on a tour in the fall of 2015, directed by Bartlett Sher. See you soon, Bridges!
Photo by Walter McBride