Oh lordie, yet another Hollywood film is coming to Broadway! This time, it's "The Bridges of Madison County." You remember the film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and their few days of solace...and cheating! Based on the bestselling book by Robert James Waller, I think this is one of those rare instances where the movie (directed by Eastwood) is actually better than the novel. I was bored to pieces by Waller's prose, but was entertained thoroughly by Streep and Eastwood.
And now, the story of the forlorn lovers will get the stage musical version update! According to the Huffington Post by way of the New York Times, the production will receive a developmental workshop this month.
Two-time Tony award nominee, Kelly O'Hara ("South Pacific," "The Light in the Piazza") will star in the role of the farmer's wife. Bartlett Sher, who worked with O'Hara in her two nominated performances, will direct. No word yet on the photographer role that Eastwood played in the film.
The pedigree behind the musical is amazing though. Marsha Norman, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her play "'night, Mother," is writing the book, and the music is composed by Jason Robert Brown, another Tony award winner for "Parade."
While we wait for the musical version, check out the trailer of the original 1992 film below. Gosh, it made me want to see the film again!
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