Broadway Winter 2013/Spring 2014 Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 12/09/2013
Photo: T. Charles Erickson
The Bridges of Madison County
Before there was Fifty Shades of Grey, housewives were furiously flipping the pages of Robert James Waller's 1992 novel The Bridges of Madison County, which chronicles the passionate affair between Francesca, an Italian immigrant housewife, and the ruggedly handsome photographer Robert Kincaid. Francesca is living on a farm in Iowa, and she meets Kincaid when he stops by the house to ask directions. This winter, the love story will be heating up the Great White Way, with composer Jason Robert Brown and playwright Marsha Norman's musical adaptation. Brown hasn't had much luck on the Broadway stage up to now, considering that shows like Parade and 13 were short-lived—nevertheless, Parade won him a Tony award and his Off-Broadway hit The Last Five Years is currently being made into a big-budget Hollywood film. Waller's material definitely has some sap to it, but audiences may relinquish their initial cynicism and be seduced by the romance, since Broadway veteran Kelli O'Hara and Rescue Me's Steven Pasquale play the two lovers, and the production generated good buzz during its premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer.
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St. Previews start January 17; opens February 27.