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Hunter Foster Joins the Cast of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

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Producers Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel announce today that Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors) will join the cast of The Bridges of Madison County, the new musical based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller.


Hunter Foster, who returns to Broadway after starring in last season’s Tony Nominated new musical Hands on a Hardbody, will play the role of Bud Johnson, the husband of Francesca Johnson (Kelli O’Hara). Foster’s other notable New York City performances include Urinetown, The Producers, and Million Dollar Quartet. He also recently appeared opposite his real-life sister, Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes), in the ABC Family television series “Bunheads.”

Hunter Foster joins previously announced stars Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale.  The show will begin rehearsals on Monday, December 9, 2013, with the first preview on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Gerald B. Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The opening night is set for Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre, by visiting or by calling (212) 239-6200.


Four-time Tony® nominee Kelli O’Hara reunites with Bartlett Sher, the Tony- winning director of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. O’Hara is joined onstage by Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”, reasons to be pretty).

The Bridges of Madison County, based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller, comes to Broadway after an acclaimed run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

“BRIDGES is a rich, new musical

that reverberates with GORGEOUS SONGS.”
- Bloomberg News

“YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH BRIDGES. A LUSH, LOVELY, and immensely moving musical with SONGS THAT SOAR.
- Hartford Courant

The lead producers of The Bridges of Madison County are Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel. They will be joined by Gutterman Chernoff, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Carl Daikeler, Michael DeSantis, Scott M. Delman, Aaron Priest, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Independent Presenters Network, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Stuart, Caiola Productions, Remmel Dickinson, David Lancaster, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Will Trice, with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures and The Shubert Organization.




Hunter Foster (Bud). Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics noms.), Urinetown (Outer Critics nom.), Les Miserables, Grease, Footloose, King David. Off-Broadway: Borrowed Dust, Burning, Ordinary Days, Happiness (Drama Desk nom.), Frankenstein, Dust, Modern Orthodox, Urinetown (Lortel nom.). TV: “Bunheads” (Recurring). Regional: Hands on a Hardbody , Little Miss Sunshine , Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Helen Hayes nom.), The Government Inspector, Mister Roberts , Children of Eden, Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me a Tenor, Martin Guerre. Foster wrote the books for the musicals Summer of ’42, Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale and The Hollow.

Kelli O’Hara (Francesca Johnson) has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. She recently completed a run in Nice Work If You Can Get It for which she garnered her fourth Tony Award Nomination. Other Broadway credits include: South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations, OCC Nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies and Dracula. She is currently starring in the new musical Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizon. Other Regional/Off Broadway credits include: Far From Heaven at WTF, King Lear at the Public Theater, Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores, Sunday in the Park with George at Reprise, My Life With Albertine at Playwright’s Horizons and Beauty at the La Jolla Playhouse.  Kelli starred in the New York Philharmonic productions of Carousel & My Fair Lady, receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Julie Jordan and as Eliza Doolittle respectively. Kelli’s concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill and in between. She has performed three times at the Kennedy Honors and frequently appears on the Memorial Day and July 4th PBS live telecasts. Among her film and television credits are Sex & The City 2, “Blue Bloods,” Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva opposite Simon Baker, The Dying Gaul starring Patricia Clarkson, “Alexander Hamilton” (PBS), “NUMB3RS” (CBS), “All My Children,” the animated series “Car Talk,” and numerous live performances on national television shows. Kelli’s voice can be heard on numerous cast recordings. Her second solo album, Always is currently available on Ghostlight Records.

Steven Pasquale (Robert Kincaid) is best known for starring on the 7-season FX hit TV series “Rescue Me” as firefighter Sean Garritty.  He was also the star of NBC’s recent Jekyll and Hyde reboot “Do No Harm.”  A regular on the theater scene, he was recently seen in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Public Theater.  He starred on Broadway in Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty, as well as A Soldier's Play (Second Stage), Neil LaBute's off-Broadway hit, Fat Pig (MCC), the Ahrens/Flaherty/McNally musical A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Beautiful Child (Vineyard Theater), The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), Spinning Into Butter (Lincoln Center), and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (MTC).  Pasquale also created the role of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza. He starred in The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day Concert), and A Little Night Music (Roundabout, opposite Victor Garber, Natasha Richardson, and Vanessa Redgrave).  Steven co-starred in Ricky Ian Gordon's GRAPES OF WRATH opera at Carnegie Hall.  Pasquale also starred in the national tour of Miss Saigon.  He was  seen opposite Kelli O’Hara in Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons this past summer. Other television credits include “Up All Night”, "Over/Under" for USA (pilot), "Coma" for A&E, "Marry Me" opposite Lucy Liu, a recurring role on HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama "Six Feet Under" and Sofia Coppola's "Platinum." His film credits include the role of Dallas in Alien vs. Predator: Requiem; Aurora Borealis, which premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival; and Jonathan's Segal's The Last Run. His debut solo album, Somethin' Like Love, was released in 2009 by the Grammy-nominated record label PS Classics.

Bartlett Sher (Director) is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, where he has directed Golden Boy by Clifford Odets (Tony Nomination), Blood and Gifts by J.T. Rogers, the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek, August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award nomination), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (2008 Tony Award, South Pacific went on to Australia where it was the most successful show in the history of the Sydney Opera House), Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets (Tony Award nomination) and The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel (Tony Award nomination). He has directed operas for the Metropolitan Opera (L’Elisir d’Amore, Le Comte Ory, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Roméo et Juliette for Salzburg Festival in 2008) and Seattle Opera/New York City Opera (Mourning Becomes Electra, 2003-2004). From 2000-2010, Mr. Sher was Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, where his credits include the world premieres of Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest by Craig Lucas and Nickel and Dimed, Joan Holden’s adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Barbara Ehrenreich, and plays by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner, among other credits. His New York credits include the Theatre for a New Audience productions of Cymbeline, which premiered in England and was the first American Shakespeare production at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for which he received the 2001 Callaway Award, and the American premiere of Harley Granville-Barker’s Waste, winner of the 2000 Best Play Obie. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College and received his graduate training in a class of international theatre artists at the University of Leeds in England.

Jason Robert Brown (Music & Lyrics) is the composer and lyricist of Parade, The Last Five Years, 13, Songs for a New World, and Honeymoon In Vegas (opens fall 2013 at Paper Mill Playhouse). He is the winner of the Tony Award (Parade), the Drama Desk Award (The Last Five Years, Parade), and the Kleban Award. With Marsha Norman, he created The Trumpet of the Swan, which he conducted with the National Symphony Orchestra. He tours the world with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, with whom he has also recorded a CD, "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes."

Marsha Norman (Book) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-chair of Playwriting at Juilliard. She won a Tony for The Secret Garden, and another nomination for The Color Purple. Her first play, Getting Out, received the John Gassner Playwriting Medallion, the Newsday Oppenheimer Award, and a citation from the American Critics Association. Other plays include The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, Loving Daniel Boone, Trudy Blue, and her newest play, Last Dance. Published collections of her works include Four Plays, Collected Works of Marsha Norman, Vol. 1, and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has also worked extensively in television and film and has an uncomping play for the UN about trafficking and violence toward women. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a former advisory member of the Sewanee Writers Conference, and current vice president of The Dramatists Guild of America. She serves on the boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Independent Committee for Arts Policy. Ms. Norman was elected to the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees in 2003. She lives with her two children in Monterey, MA and New York City.



Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell