​WaterTower Theatre Announces Cast & Creative Details for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Shane Peterman today announced casting and creative details for The Bridges of Madison County.

WaterTower Theatre’s 5th show of its 24th Season is The Bridges of Madison County, which will run June 11- June 28, 2020 on the Terry Martin Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. Based on the best-selling novel & award winning movie of the same title, The Bridges of Madison County recalls the unexpected affair of Francesca Johnson, a devoted Italian-born housewife, and Robert Kincaid, a roving National Geographic photographer. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, this sweeping musical romance about the roads we travel and bridges we dare to cross brings to life four sensual, heart-stirring days that will alter Francesca and Robert’s lives forever. With a soaring score by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, and book by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison Country is a touching and powerful story that will leave you breathless.

“When I saw the original production of The Bridges of Madison County during its final week on Broadway I knew this show belonged on WaterTower’s stage. To be able to bring this beautiful show to life with this amazing creative team, and with local star Christopher J. Deaton and Dallas native turned Broadway star Christine Cornish Smith in the lead roles, is simply the perfect realization of that dream.” – Shane Peterman, Producing Artistic Director

WaterTower Theatre’s production is directed by John De Los Santos and music directed by Vonda K. Bowling. The production stars Christine Cornish Smith as Francesca Johnson, Christopher J. Deaton as Robert Kincaid, Steven Pounders as Richard “Bud” Johnson, Devin Berg as Marian/Chiara/State Fair Singer, Graeson Lynskey as Michael Johnson, Rebecca Luby as Carolyn Johnson, Sarah Comley Caldwell as Marge, and Randy Pearlman as Charlie. Sarah Powell will be understudying the role of Francesca.

The orchestra includes Vonda K. Bowling (Conductor/Keyboard), Kat Glaze (Violin), Eric Jones (Viola), Dennis Langevin (Guitar 1), Ian Ferguson (Guitar 2), Devan Bell (Cello), Sara Bollinger (Bass), and Jay Majernik (Percussion).

The creative team includes Melissa Panzarello as Costume Designer, Leann Burns as Lighting Designer, Mark Howard as Sound Designer/Sound Mixer, Amy Poe as Properties Designer, Bob Lavallee as Scenic Designer, Hillary Collazo Abbott as Production Stage Manager, and Leah Fitzgerald as Assistant Stage Manager.

This production is partially sponsored by the Women of WaterTower Production Fund and the generous support of Keith & Andrea Redmon.

Antonio Ristorante is the Opening Night Sponsor of WaterTower Theatre’s 2019-2020 Season.

WaterTower Theatre’s 2019-2020 Season Sponsor is the Town of Addison.

About The Bridges of Madison County

Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question, "What if...?"

Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson was a young woman living in her war-ravaged home of Italy following WW2. She married an American soldier and moved to America leaving her home and sister Chiara behind. In the present day of 1965, she is a mother of 2 teenagers who is looking forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm while her family visits the State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life.

With a soaring score and a heartbreaking story, The Bridges of Madison County is a touching and powerful addition to any theatre's season. The tour de force roles of Francesca and Robert are a dream come true for any actor, while the ensemble is rich with characters that tell their own individual stories and receive plenty of focus on stage.

The Bridges of Madison County Performance details:

In the Terry Martin Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre

Show Run Dates: June 11 – June 28, 2020

Preview: Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:30pm

Opening night: Friday, June 12, 2020 at 8:00pm

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays: 8:00 p.m.

Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

ASL Interpreted Performance: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:30pm

Saturday Night Cabarets

WaterTower Theatre will be hosting Saturday Night Cabaret in the Bob Downs Lobby following all Saturday performances of Bridges. Cabarets are hosted by Denise Lee and no ticket purchase is necessary to attend.

Sunday Intersections Programming

Join us following all Sunday matinees for this production for a post-show conversation with the artists.

Ticket Prices:

Single Tickets - $38

*Student and Industry discounts available

*Subscribers always get discounts!

How/Where to Buy Tickets:

Online: www.watertowertheatre.org

By Phone: 972.450.6232

Or In-person:
WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244 Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon - 6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon - 6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday
Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About WaterTower Theatre

Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. WaterTower Theatre is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, The Column, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WaterTower Theatre relies on its ticket income and generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government organizations to produce world-class live professional theatre and to offer community engagement and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Town of Addison, The Shubert Foundation, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. WaterTower Theatre’s 2019-2020 Season is also supported, in part, through the generosity of its many supporters including civic, corporate, and foundation donors AMLI Residential Addison, FASTSIGNS Carrollton, ONCOR, Women of WaterTower (WOW!) and individual donors Don and Barbara Daseke, The Bob Downs Family, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Phillip and Janeva Longacre, Kathy Messina and Gary Goodwin, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Karol Omlor, Jack and Libby Swindle, Deborah and Craig Sutton, and Ron and Donna Whitehead.

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