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‘Bridges of Madison County’ Musical Set for Broadway

Production will open in February at the Schoenfeld, with cast still to be locked

The gestating musical version of “The Bridges of Madison County” has lined up its Broadway run, with the production inked in for a February opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.

Although this is the first time Main Stem plans have been locked in, the title looked like a shoo-in for the Rialto given the Broadway pedigree of the creative team. Adaptation comes from composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown (“Parade,” “The Last Five Years”) and book writer Marsha Norman (“‘night, Mother,” “The Color Purple”), with Bartlett Sher (“South Pacific,” “Golden Boy”) on board to direct.

No casting for the Broadway incarnation has yet been set, but the show will have a pre-Broadway run this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, where the tuner will star Elena Shaddow and Steven Pasquale. Production will play there Aug. 1-18.

Sher will re-team with his “South Pacific” design team for the project, which includes Michael Yeargan (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and Donald Holder (lights). Jon Weston provides  sound design.

It’s a busy year for Brown, who directed Second Stage Theater’s recent Off Broadway revival of his tuner “The Last Five Years.” Between the summer preem of “Bridges” and its move to Broadway, he’ll also bow the musical “Honeymoon in Vegas” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J.

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Storyline of “Bridges,” based on the 1992 Robert James Waller novel adapted into the 1995 movie that starred Meryl Street and Clint Eastwood, centers on an Iowa woman who begins an affair with a National Geographic photog.

Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel serve as lead producers on the Rialto staging, joined by Tulchin Bartner Prods., Jay and Cindy Gutterman and Cathy Chernoff, Scott M. Delman, Ted Liebowitz, Aaron Priest, Red Mountain Theater Company, Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, Harold Newman, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Will Trice and the Shubert Org.

Musical begins Broadway previews Jan. 13 ahead of a February opening, with an exact date still to be set.

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