Casting Announced for The Bridges of Madison County, Coming to Knight Theater Next Season!
It may seem far off, but the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights season will be underway in just a couple of months, and The Bridges of Madison County is part of the amazing new line up! This moving show is coming to Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts next May. The cast, which is sure to captivate you with beautiful music and an irresistible story, was just announced!
The producers of the upcoming national tour of The Bridges of Madison County have announced that Elizabeth Stanley, currently starring in the role of Claire De Loone on Broadway in the revival of On the Town, and Andrew Samonsky, last seen in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse, will star as Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid.
The show features gorgeous, soulful music by three-time Tony Award® winner Jason Robert Brown that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping balladry of classic Broadway. Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News hails it as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” Tom Geier of Entertainment Weekly exclaims that Brown “has written a lush and deeply romantic score, filled with rich and melodic duets,” and NPR proclaims it’s “MAGIC! An evening you will cherish long after the show is over!”
Stanley is currently starring as the man-crazed anthropologist Claire De Loone in the Broadway revival of On the Town (Drama Desk Nomination). Other roles originated on Broadway: Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet; Allison in Cry-Baby, and April in the Tony Award-winning revival of Company. First National Tour: Kira in Xanadu. Off-Broadway: Gussie in the New York City Center, Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along, and The Nurse in Hello, Again (Transport Theatre Group — Drama League Nomination, best ensemble). Favorite regional roles: Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Sugar in Sugar, and Constanze in Amadeus. TV: “Black Box,” “Made in Jersey,” “Fringe,” “The Chappelle Show” and “PBS Great Performances — Company.” She is a graduate of Indiana University. www.elizabethstanley.net
Andrew Samonsky recently played Captain Phoebus in the American premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill and La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Neville); Scandalous (Kenneth Ormisten, original cast recording); and South Pacific (Lt. Cable, including the “Live From Lincoln Center” PBS broadcast). Off-Broadway: Queen of the Mist as Frank Russell (Drama Desk Award nomination, original cast recording), and Encores! productions of Fiorello! and Merrily We Roll Along. Original productions of Somewhere in Time (Richard, Portland Center Stage); Tales of the City (Beauchamp, ACT); Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse, Joshua); and Disney’s On the Record (Original Cast Recording). He’s a soloist with symphonies across the country. TV/Film: “Elementary,” “Guiding Light.”
The critically acclaimed musical features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams with music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple, ‘night, Mother), and led by the Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I, The Light in the Piazza).
Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. 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.
The production you don’t want to miss comes to Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts May 3-8, 2016. It’s on sale now with Season Tickets! CLICK HERE for more information!