Bridges of Madison County Encore Concert Performances
Directed and choreographed by Merete Muenster. Musical director: Brent Sawyer; Conductor: Keith Levenson
The American Theater Group (ATG), Somerset County’s newest professional theater company, proudly presents a weekend of encore concerts of its critically acclaimed 2019 production of The Bridges of Madison County, live at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater in Basking Ridge. The free outdoor events, held on Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26that 8pm, will feature the entire cast of the original ATG production and the full Tony award-winning orchestration played by Broadway musicians.
Based on the popular film and best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, the musical features a lush and varied score and tells the story of a Midwestern farm wife whose life is upended by a brief and passionate affair with a traveling photographer. The music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, 13), with a book by Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother, The Secret Garden).
Since there is no permanent seating at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater, audience members are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets to the open-air performances.
American Theater Group (ATG), founded in 2012, produces new and classic works primarily by American playwrights with an emphasis on the development of new works and the rediscovery of undeservedly neglected older ones. The group will soon begin its residence at the Mitchell and Ann Sieminski Theater at the Fellowship Cultural Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ. ATG programming is made possible in part by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. More information can be found at www.americantheatergroup.org.