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September 12, 2018

The Bridges of Madison County with Symphony of the Mountains

From Barter Theatre on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Music & Events

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

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From Saturday, September 15th, 2018 to Sunday, September 16th, 2018.
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller
Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?”
The Bridges of Madison County with Symphony of the Mountains
Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:30pm
Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:00pm
Toy F. Reid Employee Center 400 South Wilcox Drive I Kingsport, TN 37660
“There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the book The Bridges of Madison County written by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years,Parade,Songs for a New World) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story.
There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message.The Bridges of Madison Countyis one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever.
At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.”
Tricia Matthews
Director, The Bridges of Madison County
Cast & Credits Cast: Francesca Johnson: Hannah Ingram
Robert Kincaid: Sean Maximo Campos
Carolyn: Hope Quinn
Richard “Bud” Johnson: Nick Koesters
Michael: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Marge: Paris Bradstreet
Charlie: Rick McVey
Marian: Kim Morgan Dean
Chiara: Sarah Laughland
Collaborators: Director: Tricia Matthews
Musical Director: Dishon Smith
Set Designer: Derek Smith
Lighting Designer: Camille Davis
Costume Designer: Jane Alois Stein
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel

Hershell & Toni Cave
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Feagins
Betsy Schrum
Spotless Restoration
Photo credit: Barter Theatre

Event Dates:

  • Saturday, September 15th, 2018
  • Sunday, September 16th, 2018

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