BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat give the first sneak peak at Broadway's newest guilty pleasure, a fornicating musical that offers the sexiest couple this Broadway season. Many of our 180,000 BroadwayGlobal fans know from The 2013 Broadway Global Producer of the Year choice Dale Badway (Pippin), making Broadway musicals from movies is not something we choose to promote every year. If Broadway does not choose classic revivals, or new book writers and new composers, dealing with current issues of today, the film industry who is married to countless Broadway producers, will only produce films. Producing films that have done well at the box office are a safe investment. But does this leave the Broadway legacy we wan't the next century to look back at, representing arts we created to inspire our society?
I hate to admit it, I wanted to share with our arts lovers just how wrong this musical would be for Broadway! But, The Bridges of Madison County is going to get a few Tony Award nominations... one for Best Score! Without knowing what "Rocky" sound like yet, we can't say it will win the Tony Award, but knowing the "Aladdin" score and loving composer Alan Menken, I can say most likely, all three of these musicals will be in the top for Best Score.
If I had to choose the Tony Award winning score today on Broadway, it would be "The Bridges of Madison County", Best Actress in Musical Kelli O'Hara, Best Actor Steven Pasquale, and the list could go on... the only Tony Award they won't get nominated for is Best Choreography, (After Midnight has that in the bag), and no choreography is needed in this smash new musical, although the second act opens with wonderful county fair tapping.
The Direction by Barlett Sher is masterful, as was his Tony Award nominated "The Light in the Piazza"! The Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown are delicious, eloquent and riveting for each and every character. The Book by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Robert James Waller is titillating! Lets' be honest, many of us have had relationships, or maybe even an affair where we wonder, what would our lives be like if we had lived with that love... If you have ever dreamed of living another life with that quick love affair, this Broadway fling will stay with you for eternity, this is the musical affair for you!
Kelli O'Hara plays an Italian wife and mother, who moved from her social life of Italy, to live on a farm. Raising two beautiful children, with her hard working husband, she left her passion of sketchin art behind, choosing to cook, clean and now manage the family's farm home. But, when a handsome photo journalist comes to her small town, on the same week that her family just happnes to be at the County Fair competition, she is left home alone, until a lost photo journalist played by Steve Pasquale, ask for directions to see "The Bridges of Madison County", and the love at first site romance begins... where spirits are united.
O'Hara sings the legit Broadway/Opera songs, capturing her fans with ease, while Pasquale has the Broadway pop manly sound. Steven's voice could capture even a straight mans heart. O'Hara voice is pure perfection, and hearing these two sing together is like fornicating for the audience. I don't smoke, but think I could have smoked a pack after this musical. "The Bridges of Madison County is Broadway's steamy fornicating pleasure of the season". Kelli O'Hara and Steve Pasquale are Broadway's hottest couple!" BroadwayGlobal.
As Broadway cast like "Motown", "Kinky Boots" and top regionals, like the Wick Theatre are posting Instagram send offs to "Spiderman Turn off the Dark" - a musical that depends on special effects, The Bridges of Madison County is one Broadway musical that needs nothing. Nothing but an amazing story, brilliant stars, and the "Best Musical Score" this Broadway season.
Other leads Hunter Foster (Bud), Michael X. Martin (Charlie), Caitlin Kinnunen (Carolyn) and Cass Morgan (Marge) are all standouts in this cast. The sets move the powerful story with help from the talents of a very gifted Ensemble. "The Bridges of Madison County gives immidiate gratification, for every musical theatre lover. A musical fling that lifts the soul this Broadway season. Leave the theatre satisfied!" BroadwayGlobal.
"The Bridges of Madison County is better than the movie, book, and is sure to be a the top of Best Musicals this Tony Award season." Theatre Chat. The brilliant cast of "The Bridges of Madison County" includes Kelli O'Hara (Francesca), Steve Pasquale (Robert), Hunter Foster (Bud), Michael X. Martin (Charlie), Cass Morgan (Marge), Caitlin Kinnunen (Carolyn), Derek Klena (Michael), Whitney Bashor (Marian/Chiara), Ephie Aardema (Ensemble, u/s Carolyn), Jennifer Allen (Ensemble, u/s Marge), Charlie Franklin (Swing, u/s Michael), Kevin Kern (Robert Standby, u/s Bud), Katie Klaus (Ensemble, u/s Marge, Marian/Chiara), Luke Marinkovich (Ensemble, u/s Michael), Aaron Ramey (Ensemble, u/s Robert), Dan Sharkey (Ensemble, u/s Charlie, Bud), Jessica Vosk (Swing, u/s Carolyn, Marian, Chiara), Tim Wright (Dance Captain, U/s Charlie).
For tickets visit www.bridgesofmadisoncountymusical.com or call 800-432-7780. "The Bridges of Madison County" is a BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat top pick, now in previews at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre located at 236 West 45th Street New York, New York 10036.