WILLIAMSTOWN -- "The Bridges of Madison County," a world premiere musical, is the final Main Stage production of the 2013 Williamstown Theatre Festival season. The play will run from Aug. 1 through 18, with opening night on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m.
Based on the best-selling novel by Robert J. Waller, "The Bridges of Madison County" was brought to life onstage by acclaimed playwright, screenwriter and novelist Marsha Norman (Pulitzer Prize for "'night, Mother"), with music and lyrics by Tony-winner Jason Robert Brown ("Parade," "The Last Five Years"). Norman's additional Broadway credits include book and lyrics for "The Secret Garden," for which she won a Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award; and the libretto for "The Color Purple." Brown has been hailed by The New York Times as "a leading member of a new generation of composers."
Directed by Tony Award winner and resident director of the Lincoln Center Bartlett Sher ("South Pacific," "Golden Boy," "Awake and Sing!") "The Bridges of Madison County" captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with deep yearning entangled in the eternal question, "What if...?"
"We could not be more thrilled to bring our audiences this stunning new musical," said WTF Artistic Director Jenny Gerstein. "It is a deeply romantic and moving story about the loss of true love. We have a creative dream in Bartlett, Sher, Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. With the Broadway engagement already announced, this is a rare oportunity to see it here first.
The cast features Nick Bailey ("East Enders," "King Lear") as Michael, Whitney Bashor ("White Noise") as Marian/Chiara, Daniel Jenkins ("Big River") as Bud, Caitlin Kinnunen ("Spring Awakening") as Carolyn, Michael X. Martin ("The Producers") as Charlie and Cass Morgan ("1776") as Marge.
Tickets to are $70 ($65 for preview performances). Tickets for all Williamstown Theatre Festival productions can be purchased online at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413-597-3400, or in person at the ‘62 Center Box Office at 1000 Main St.