Thursday, March 3, 2016

"Bridges of Madison County" Opens at Benedum on March 8

Elizabeth Stanley (Francesca) and Andrew Samonsky (Robert) in the national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)

        The producers of the national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY have announced that Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky, last seen in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse, will star as Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid.
    Featuring 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!" The production began performances on November 28 at the Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, IA and will continue to over 15 additional major markets across North America in its first season.
    In Pittsburgh, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY will perform March 8-13, 2016, at the Benedum Center.  Subscriptions and group sales to the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series are available online at, by calling the subscription office at (412) 456-1390; orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (412) 471-6930.
    Single tickets start at $26 and go on sale Friday, January 15, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at, calling (412) 456-4800 or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.
    THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is part of the 2015-16 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America.
    Elizabeth Stanley’s Broadway roles includer 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, Constanze in Amadeus. TV: Black Box, Made in Jersey, Fringe, The Chappelle Show, and PBS Great Performances —Company. Graduate of Indiana University.
    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.

Elizabeth Stanley (Francesca) and Andrew Samonsky (Robert) in the national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

    The critically acclaimed musical of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY 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).
    The team also includes scenic design by two-time Tony Award®winner MICHAEL YEARGAN (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific), costume design by six-time Tony Award® winner CATHERINE ZUBER (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, The Coast of Utopia), lighting design by two-time Tony Award® winner DONALD HOLDER (South Pacific, The Lion King), sound design by JON WESTON, orchestrations by JASON ROBERT BROWN, and movement by DANNY MEFFORD.
    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.

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