Two-time Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!; Finian's Rainbow) and stage and screen star Aaron Lazar (Dear Evan Hansen, Filthy Rich) star in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County beginning March 11 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Watch highlights from the production's rehearsals above.
Baldwin and Lazar play, respectively, Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid in the limited engagement, which runs through March 27 at The Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Tony nominee Hunter Foster, part of the musical's original Broadway cast, directs. Watch a sneak peek of the two stars here.
Baldwin and Lazar are joined on stage by Bart Shatto as Bud Johnson, Thomas Cromer as Michael Johnson, and Emily Pellecchia as Carolyn Johnson, with Giuliana Augello, Sealth Grover, Lara Hayhurst, Mark Megill, Natalie Myrick, Rutledge Varley, and Nikki Yarnell rounding out the company.
The romantic musical, which has a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, 'night Mother), centers on a brief, four-day love affair between a National Geographic photographer and an Italian-American housewife in 1965 Iowa.
The production also has music direction by Keith Levenson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Paul Miller, costume design by Lauren Roark, and sound design by Jeff Sherwood.
The Bridges of Madison County won 2014 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, both for Brown. The musical was also nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Kelli O'Hara) and Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder).
Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep starred in the 1995 film adaptation of the Robert James Waller novel; Tony winner O'Hara starred alongside Steven Pasquale in the Broadway company.
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