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Breaking News: Hunter Foster to Join Kelli O'Hara & Steven Pasquale in Broadway's THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Producers Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel announced today that Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors) will join the cast of The Bridges of Madison County, the new musical based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller.

Foster, who returns to Broadway after starring in last season's Tony Nominated new musical Hands on a Hardbody, will play the role of Bud Johnson, the husband of Francesca Johnson (Kelli O'Hara). Foster's other notable New York City performances include Urinetown, The Producers, and Million Dollar Quartet. He also recently appeared opposite his real-life sister, Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes), in the ABC Family television series "Bunheads."

Hunter Foster joins previously announced stars Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale. The show will begin rehearsals onMonday, December 9, 2013, with the first preview on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Gerald B. Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The opening night is set for Thursday, February 20, 2014.

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 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, based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller, comes to Broadway after an acclaimed run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Hunter Foster (Bud). Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics noms.), Urinetown (Outer Critics nom.), Les Miserables, Grease, Footloose, King David. Off-Broadway: Borrowed Dust, Burning, Ordinary Days, Happiness (Drama Desk nom.), Frankenstein, Dust, Modern Orthodox, Urinetown (Lortel nom.). TV: "Bunheads" (Recurring). Regional: Hands on a Hardbody , Little Miss Sunshine , Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Helen Hayes nom.), The Government Inspector, Mister Roberts , Children of Eden, Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me a Tenor, Martin Guerre. Foster wrote the books for the musicals Summer of '42, Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale and The Hollow.

Kelli O'Hara (Francesca Johnson) has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway's great leading ladies. She recently completed a run in Nice Work If You Can Get It for which she garnered her fourth Tony Award Nomination. Other Broadway credits include: South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations, OCC Nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies and Dracula. She is currently starring in the new musical Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizon. Other Regional/Off Broadway credits include: Far From Heaven at WTF, King Lear at The Public Theater, Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores, Sunday in the Park with George at Reprise, My Life With Albertine at Playwright's Horizons and Beauty at the La Jolla Playhouse. Kelli starred in the New York Philharmonic productions of Carousel & My Fair Lady, receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Julie Jordan and as Eliza Doolittle respectively. Kelli's concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill and in between. She has performed three times at the Kennedy Honors and frequently appears on the Memorial Day andJuly 4th PBS live telecasts. Among her film and television credits are Sex & The City 2, "Blue Bloods," Martin Scorsese's The Key to Reserva opposite Simon Baker, The Dying Gaul starring Patricia Clarkson, "Alexander Hamilton" (PBS), "NUMB3RS" (CBS), "All My Children," the animated series "Car Talk," and numerous live performances on national television shows. Kelli's voice can be heard on numerous cast recordings. Her second solo album, Always is currently available on Ghostlight Records.

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