“The Bridges of Madison County” Insights

Insights into “The Bridges of Madison County”

Q&A With BRIDGES Director Chase Ramsey

Utah Rep Artistic Director Johnny Hebda, Chase Ramsey directs THE BRIDGE OF MADISON COUNTY. For Utah Rep Chase has previously directed “Ordinary Days,” “Love Letters” and “What the Bellhop Saw.” What do you find most intriguing about THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY? I have never done a musical that was crafted so much like a film. The flow of it feels like a movie, in the best way. With that comes an almost ultra realism within a very heightened form of art. The way we approach this show as directors has to be different than most. We can’t use conventions like we’re used to....

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Q&A With BRIDGES Director Johnny Hebda

With Chase Ramsey, Utah Rep Artistic Director Johnny Hebda directs THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Along with executive producing each of the company’s shows, Johnny has directed Utah Rep’s productions of “Bare,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Carrie,” “Heathers” and “Carousel.” How did seeing THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY impact you? BRIDGES was one of the most moving and powerful theater experiences I have ever had. The gorgeous score, the passion from the actors and the message of the show left an impact that I will never forget. You saw the final performance of the...

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Five Questions with Jason Robert Brown

How would you describe your style as a composer and how does it fluctuate based on the material you’re working on? As a composer, I’m primarily interested in writing for character, so my style adapts for whatever the project is based on whatever the characters are. Having said that, I have certain proclivities as a musician that I like. I’m sort of a jazz/gospel guy at heart, and I think that informs the writing at the time. But for a piece like THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, where that wouldn’t necessarily be germane to these characters’ lives, I had to find a different style that...

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Jason Robert Brown on Writing THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

“The story found us (Book Writer Marsha Norman and Brown). “Robert James Waller’s agent approached Marsha to adapt THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, and she immediately knew this would be our project. I had never read the novel but I regarded it warily — I was a 22-year-old single guy living in Manhattan when it first came out, and I was not, to put it mildly, the target audience — but Marsha saw in it a deeper resonance and a fiercer moral energy than I would have perceived, and she sold me on the struggles of these two broken characters who each see a piece of themselves trapped...

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Book Writer Marsha Norman Profile: Longing, Love and Joy

“Music expresses longing and love and joy better than any piece of dialogue you can ever write.”—Marsha Norman Marsha Norman is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play “’night, Mother.” Along with writing the book for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, she wrote the book and lyrics for “The Secret Garden,” for which a Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award, and the libretto for “The Color Purple.” Her first project with Jason Robert Brown was a symphonic adaptation E.B. White’s “The Trumpet of the Swan,” —...

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Composer Jason Robert Brown Profile: Extraordinary and Jubilant

“It is scary to write — period. But once you get past the idea that it’s scary to write, I still can only be who I am. As a writer, my job, to me, is to expose myself — to really sort of dig in and find out who I am and then put it on the page. That’s the case if it’s ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ or if it’s ’13’ or ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ or if it’s ‘Parade.’ The point is to bring myself through these characters and really try to understand them by understanding myself.” Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as “Broadway’s...

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Introduction to THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

  “Jason Robert Brown has written a lush and deeply romantic score, filled with rich and melodic duets.” – Entertainment Weekly Not familiar with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY? Watch this video. Composer Jason Robert Brown, along with the Broadway production’s lead actors, Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, introduce the musical. Three songs — “You’re Never Alone,” “Another Life,” “Before and After You” and “One Second and a Million Miles” — are also previewed by original cast members in this...

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