Millions of film goers have seen the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, although the writers of the musical state it is based on the best-selling novel. The romance focuses on a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to get out of Italy during the war. When her family attends the 1965 State Fair in Iowa, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer who alters her life dramatically in four days. It's a musical which captures the yearning of the human heart and the expanse of America's heartland as we travel roads we often dare not go, open doors we often refuse to notice, and cross over bridges which leave us breathless.
The score includes "Another Life", "It All Fades Away", and "Wondering". Marsha Norman wrote the book for the musical. GET TICKETS HERE
At The Media Theatre, "Bridges of Madison County" will be directed by award-winning director Jesse Cline. Christopher Ertelt will music direct.
|Derek Basthemer, who will play Robert in "Bridges of Madison County: The Musical"|
Elisa Matthews, a Barrymore nominated actress and veteran of several classic musicals at Media including "The Sound of Music" and "My Fair Lady", will play the lead role of Francesca.
Derek Basthemer, who has performed in shows ranging from "Titanic" to "Nine to Five" at regional theatres such as The Gateway Playhouse in New York and Lancaster's Dutch Apple Theatre, will play the role of Robert in his Media debut.
Robert Stineman, recently seen in Media's "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "1776", returns in the role of Bud.
The roles of the teenagers, Michael and Carolyn, are played by three Media Theatre New School Students. Gianni Palmarini takes on the role of Michael, while Anna Rosenthal and Molly Sorensen share the role of Carolyn.
Broadway's Nicholas Saverine, seen in Media's "1776" and "Sunset Boulevard" as well as other productions on its historic stage, plays the role of Charlie with Media's Faith Yesner as Marge.
Two young ladies make their Media Theatre debut: Caroline Dooner as Marian, and Marissa Wolner as the State Fair Singer.
The Ensemble is made up of CJ Celiero, Kaitlin Davis, JP Dunphy, Desiree Maira, Sam Nagel, and Wolner.
For tickets, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. "The Bridges of Madison County" is on stage at The Media Theatre Sept. 14 to Oct. 23.
The Media Theatre's 2016-17 Season also includes "A Christmas Story: The Musical", "Romeo and Juliet", "Side Show", and "West Side Story". Subscriptions are available.