THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour Revealed as Part of Theatre Under the Stars Season; Full Season Schedule Announced
First spotted by eagle-eyed viewers on the BroadwayWorld.com Message Boards, a tour is shaping up as promised for a show that built up a large fan base but didn't have a long run on the Great White Way.
BRIDGES, which announced hopes for a Fall 2015 tour in its closing announcement, will play January 19 - 31, 2016 at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Texas. The show joins the previously announced FIRST DATE, which will play June 11 - 21, 2015 as part of TUTS Underground Season. Casting and additional tour dates have yet to be announced for either show, but we will keep you updated as always!
Other shows in their season include THE LITTLE MERMAID (a season add on for 5 performances only!), MATILDA, A CHRISTMAS STORY, MARY POPPINS, OLIVER! and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER.
For full details on TUTS season, click here.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, the Broadway musical by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning team Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, starred five-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O'Hara, and star of screen & stage and 2014 Drama Desk nominee Steven Pasquale. The show played its final performance on Sunday, May 18, 2014, having played 137 performances. The musical is based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller and won 2 Tony Awards.TUTS has pioneered in producing new musicals. Phantom, the Arthur Kopit-Maury Yeston musical premiered by TUTS in Houston in 1991, has been produced by more than 300 theatres throughout the world. In 1992, TUTS shared two new musicals with Seattle: Annie Warbucks, the sequel to the 1977 hit Annie, which TUTS produced with four other Alliance member theatres prior to its New York opening; and James Michener's Sayonara, which played in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, Kansas City, and the Westchester Broadway Theatre in New York, where it enjoyed a six-month run. In 1993 TUTS worked for the first time with The Walt Disney Company to produce the world premiere of Beauty and the Beast in Houston, prior to its 13-year run on Broadway. In 1995 TUTS co-produced Jekyll & Hyde with Houston's Alley Theatre and the Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre. It had a 36-week national tour and played Broadway from 1997 until 2001. TUTS also co-produced the pre-Broadway tryout of Hot Mikado. Other new musicals seen on TUTS' stage are Sir Jack, Ninfa!, Chaplin, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Zorro: the Musical, Larry Gatlin's Texas Flyer, Scrooge, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Happy Days, and Bring It On.
TUTS has been a leader in producing both national tours and new Broadway productions. Debbie Reynolds headed the company of TUTS' production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which toured throughout the United States in 1989. Juliet Prowse starred in a 25-city international TUTS tour of Mame in 1989-90, and in 1996 TUTS co-produced a 40-week national tour of Man of La Mancha starring Robert Goulet, which set an all-time box office record of more than $1 million in a single week at Wolf Trap Park in the nation's capital. In 1996, TUTS co-produced and originated the national tour of the Royal National Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, along with the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles and others. In the same season, TUTS was part of the production teams for Victor/Victoria and Rent on Broadway. In 2004 TUTS joined with several other American theatres to co-produce with Theatre Deaf West a landmark production of Big River, which toured the United States and Japan. Through its affiliation with the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS has been part of the 2006 national tour of Doctor Dolittle with Tommy Tune, as well as a member of the Broadway producer teams for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bombay Dreams, The Color Purple, Monty Python's Spamalot, Legally Blonde, and 9 to 5: the Musical.