Producers Matthew Henderson and Neil Gooding are thrilled to present the Australian premiere of the Tony Award winning musical The Bridges of Madison County. Based on the best-selling novel and developed by the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Colour Purple), The Bridges of Madison County will have its Australian Premiere in March 2020 at Hayes Theatre Co.
The Bridges of Madison County is probably best known as the hit Academy Award-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Francesca Johnson is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, while her family are away for a few days at the 1965 State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer on assignment filming historic bridges in the area. Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on both their lives. The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question of, ‘What if ...?’
Playing the role of Francesca is Kate Maree Hoolihan, who played the role of Scaramouche in the original Australian production of We Will Rock You for which she won a prestigious Helpmann Award. Other notable theatre credits include the GFO/Opera Australia productions of My Fair Lady and Evita. Stage and screen star Ian Stenlake is joining the cast to play the leading role of Robert Kincaid. His extensive musical theatre credits include playing the role of Sam Carmichael in the 2018 Australian tour of Mamma Mia for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award, Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, John Ashby in the World Premiere of Georgy Girl, Curly in Oklahoma! and Cliff in Cabaret. Ian’s television credits include five seasons in the lead role of Commander Mike Flynn in TV series Sea Patrol and five seasons on the hit series, Stingers.
A stellar creative team has been assembled included director Neil Gooding (Dogfight, High Fidelity), musical director Geoffrey Castles (Aladdin, Aspects of Love) and choreographer Leah Howard (The Rocky Horror Show). Set designer is James Browne (Cabaret, Miracle City) and lighting designer is Phoebe Pilcher (Starstruck, This Bitter Earth).
The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.
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