BWW Previews: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Slow Burn Theatre Company

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Slow Burn Theatre Company and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present the two-time Tony Award Winner® The Bridges of Madison County Thursday, January 18-Sunday, February 4 in the Amaturo Theater.

Based on the novel by Roberts James Waller, the musical tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. Featuring gorgeous, soulful music that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping, expressive balladry of classic Broadway, it's an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, the musical premiered on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on February 20, 2014, and closed on May 18, 2014.

Eric Alsford serves as music director for this production at the Broward Center.Anna Lise Jenson and Cooper Grodin star in the production which is directed and choreographed by Slow Burn Theatre Artistic Director Patrick Fitzwater. The talented cast includes Mark Sanders, Margot Moreland, Michael Cartwright, Kyle Kemph, Julia Dale, Leah Sessa and Jeanine Gangloff and an ensemble of Ann Marie Olson, Aaron Atkinson, Matthew Korinko, Kimmi Johnson and Rick Peña.

One of America's premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive LATAM AIRLINES CLUB LEVEL, spectacular riverfront views for special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti's New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 150,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit

The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with a matinee on Wednesday, January 31 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $47-$60. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Broward Center, Parker Playhouse and affiliated venues. Buy tickets online at or; by phone at 954.462.0222 or the Broward Center's AutoNation Box Office. Know who you are buying from when you purchase tickets.

Pictured: Cooper Grodin and Anna Lise Jenson

Pic Credit: Rodrigo Balfanz

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