As Robert Kincaid would say, "This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime!" Four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale will star as devoted Iowa housewife Francesca and National Geographic photographer Robert, respectively, in the Broadway-bound musical The Bridges of Madison County. The Bridges of Madison County is set to begin performances on January 13, 2014, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with an opening night scheduled for late February.
The Bridges of Madison County will premiere on August 1 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, starring Elena Shaddow and Pasquale. O'Hara had been originally announced to appear in that production, but is expecting her second child in September. O'Hara and Pasquale are currently headlining the off-Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons.
Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, and based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel, The Bridges of Madison County features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman. The musical tells the story of Robert Kincaid (Pasquale) and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson (O'Hara). The novel was adapted into a 1995 film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, who also helmed the movie.
O’Hara recently completed a run in Nice Work If You Can Get It for which she garnered her fourth Tony Award nomination. Her other Broadway credits include South Pacific, Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza, Sweet Smell of Success, Follies and Dracula. Pasquale is best known for starring on the TV series Rescue Me as firefighter Sean Garritty. He was also the star of NBC’s recent Jekyll and Hyde reboot Do No Harm. Pasquale starred on Broadway in Reasons to Be Pretty and off-Broadway in Fat Pig, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... and A Soldier's Play.
The Bridges of Madison County will feature scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Jon Weston.