It’s taken a while to travel across the pond, but now Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County will have its European premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 12 July to 14 September 2019, directed by Trevor Nunn. It could be a bit of a tearfest.
Winner of the Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, this is one of The Bridges of Madison County is one of Jason Robert Brown’s most ravishing and unforgettable shows. This new staging by Trevor Nunn opens on 23 July 2019, with previews from 12 July, and runs until 14 September.
Francesca is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, when her family go off to the Iowa State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer on assignment filming bridges in the area. Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on all of their lives.
The production sees Nunn renew his collaboration with the Menier – he previously directed Fiddler on the Roof (currently running at the Playhouse Theatre), Lettice and Lovage, Love in Idleness (also West End), A Little Night Music (also West End and Broadway) and Aspects of Love for the company.
Also in the creative team are designer Jon Bausor, lighting designer Tim Lutkin, sound designer Gregory Clarke and musical supervisor/director Tom Murray.