Producers Matthew Henderson and Neil Gooding are thrilled to present the Australian premiere of the Tony Award winning musical THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.

This play is 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 Secret Garden’, ‘The Colour Purple’). THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY will have its Australian Premiere in March 2020 at Hayes Theatre Co.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY  is probably best known as the hit Academy Award-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Francesca Johnson is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, while her family are away for a few days at the 1965 State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer on assignment filming historic bridges in the area.

Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on both their lives. This work captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question of, ‘What if …?’

Playing the role of Francesca is Kate Maree Hoolihan, who played the role of Scaramouche in the original Australian production of ‘We Will Rock You’ for which she won a prestigious Helpmann Award. Other notable theatre credits include the GFO/Opera Australia productions of ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Evita’.

Returning to the Hayes and performing the role of Robert is Martin Crewes. Martin originated the role of Steve Blauner in the World Premiere of ‘Dream Lover’ for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award. He was also nominated for his lead performance in the Helpmann Award winning production of ‘Sweet Charity’ for Hayes Theatre Co.

A stellar creative team has been assembled included director Neil Gooding (‘Dogfight’, ‘High Fidelity’), musical director Geoffrey Castles (‘Aladdin’, ‘Aspects of Love’) and choreographer Leah Howard (‘The Rocky Horror Show’). Set designer is James Browne (‘Cabaret’, ‘Miracle City’) and lighting designer is Phoebe Pilcher (‘Starstruck’, ‘This Bitter Earth’).

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

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is playing the Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point  between the 5th March and the 5th April. Performances Tuesdays at 6.30pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7.30pm, Sundays at 1pm and 6pm.