Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s musical adaptation of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is to receive its UK premiere in a new production at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this Summer.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, who recently oversaw their recent revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (now playing in the West End), the musical runs at the Southwark venue from 12th July to 14th September.
Based on Robert James Waller’s bestselling 1992 novel, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of a married but lonely Italian-American woman living on an Iowa farm in the 1960s, who, while her husband and children are away, engages in an affair with a visiting National Geographic photographer. The novel was one of the best selling books of the 20th Century and spawned a 1995 film adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
Following a pre-Broadway run in 2013, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY premiered on Broadway in 2014 in a production that starred Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. Although well received by critics, the production only ran for four months, closing after 137 performances. The musical did however receive four Tony Award-nominations that year, winning two for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations.
Trevor Nunn’s new production will feature designs by Jon Bausor, lighting by Tim Lutkin, sound by Gregory Clarke, and musical supervision and direction by Tom Murray. Casting for the Menier Chocolate Factory production is still to be announced.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY runs at Menier Chocolate Factory from 12th July to 14th September with opening night scheduled for 23rd July. Tickets go on general sale from 13th May.