Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale to Reunite on 'The Bridges of Madison County' Musical
Tony winner Bartlett Sher will direct the new production, which has a tryout run at this summer's Williamstown Theatre Festival before opening on Broadway early next year.
NEW YORK -- Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, currently appearing together in the Off Broadway musical Far From Heaven, will co-star again in The Bridges of Madison County, opening on Broadway in early 2014.
Based on the best-selling 1992 novel by Robert James Waller, the show is adapted by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. It chronicles the brief but intense love affair between a lonely Iowa housewife and a National Geographic photojournalist, on assignment to shoot the area's picturesque covered bridges.
In addition to the novel, which sold 50 million copies worldwide, the story is known via the 1995 Warner Bros. screen version, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood alongside Meryl Streep.
One of the Broadway musical's preeminent leading ladies, O'Hara will re-team on the project with Bartlett Sher, her director on The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. She was nominated for Tony Awards for both those productions, as well as for The Pajama Game and Nice Work If You Can Get It.
A series regular on the seven-season FX hit Rescue Me, Pasquale last appeared on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty.
The Bridges of Madison County will begin preview performances on Jan. 13 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with official opening night to be set for late February.
Prior to that, the show will have a trial run Aug. 1-18 at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Given that O'Hara is currently expecting a child, her role at the Williamstown tryout will be played by Elena Shaddow.
Lead producers on the Broadway run are Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich and Jerry Frankel, with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures among the secondary producing team.