NEW YORK -- Steven Pasquale, best known for his role on the long-running FX firefighter series Rescue Me, has committed to star in the stage musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, premiering in the summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Based on Robert James Waller's best-selling novel, the show chronicles an intense four-day romance during the 1960s between a lonely Iowa housewife and the National Geographic photographer that wanders briefly into her life. It was filmed in 1995 by Clint Eastwood, who starred alongside Meryl Streep.
The book for the show was written by Marsha Norman, a 1983 Pulitzer winner for her play 'night Mother, as well as librettist on musicals including The Secret Garden and The Color Purple. The original score is by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years).
Running Aug. 1 to 18 on the festival's Main Stage, the Williamstown production will be directed by Broadway regular Bartlett Sher (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific). Additional casting announcements are forthcoming.
Pasquale returns to Williamstown after starring last summer opposite Kelli O'Hara in the musical adaptation of Far From Heaven. That show will next be seen off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, running May 8 through June 30, with O'Hara and Pasquale reprising their roles.
Also this summer at Williamstown, John Benjamin Hickey and Patricia Clarkson will play the title roles in a one-night-only staged reading of Kay Cattarula's play Scott and Zelda on July 1. Among previously announced productions, Robert Sean Leonard will star in Pygmalion (July 17 to 27), while Kate Burton appears in Tom Stoppard's Hapgood (July 10 to 21).
Last summer's well-received Williamstown staging of The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper and Clarkson, is tipped for a Broadway transfer next season, though dates and details have not yet been confirmed.