‘The Bridges of Madi­son County’ opens June 22 at Ge­n­e­sius

The Southern Berks News - - ENTERTAINMENT - Sub­mit­ted by L.J. Fe­cho

Ge­n­e­sius The­atre presents the re­gional premier of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed mu­si­cal, “The Bridges Of Madi­son County,” that fea­tures one of Broad­way’s most ac­com­plished creative teams, with mu­sic and lyrics by three-time Tony Award­win­ning com­poser Jason Robert Brown, and book by Pulitzer Prize-win­ning writer Mar­sha Nor­man.

Get swept away by, “The Bridges Of Madi­son County,” one of the most ro­man­tic sto­ries ever writ­ten, first cap­tured the na­tion’s at­ten­tion as a best­selling novel by Robert James Waller. A rav­ish­ingly beau­ti­ful and lush mu­si­cal that cap­tures the lyri­cal ex­panse of Amer­ica’s heart­land along with the yearn­ing en­tan­gled in the eter­nal ques­tion “What if…?” It is the touch­ing story of Francesca, a lovely Ital­ian woman who mar­ried an Amer­i­can sol­dier to flee war-rav­aged Italy. She is look­ing for­ward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm as her fam­ily heads to the 1965 In­di­ana State Fair when ruggedly hand­some, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic pho­tog­ra­pher Robert Kin­caid pulls into her drive­way seek­ing direc­tions. What hap­pens in those next four days may very well al­ter the course of Francesca’s life. It’s an un­for­get­table story of two peo­ple caught be­tween de­ci­sion and de­sire, as a chance en­counter be­comes a sec­ond chance at so much more.

The Ge­n­e­sius pro­duc­tion is di­rected and mu­sic di­rected by Ge­n­e­sius vet­eran, ac­tor, direc­tor and mu­sic direc­tor, Christo­pher Sperat, chore­ographed by Caitlin Whelan, with a set de­sign by Jeffrey Jones, light de­sign by Zack Spadac­cia & Spencer Moss Fe­cho, cos­tume de­sign by Cathy Miller, hair/makeup de­sign by, Kim Siegel of United Artist Sa­lon and sound de­sign by Al­bert Gar­cia of Eko En­ter­tain­ment, LLC. The set is con­structed by, Jeffrey Jones and Betty Ger­st­ner, with scenic art by Mar­jory Ewald. The show is stage man­aged by Evan Flory.

The Ge­n­e­sius pro­duc­tion fea­tures a very tal­ented eight per­son cast which in­cludes: Lind­sey Vil­lecco as Francesca Johnson, Michael Cor­co­ran as Robert Kinkaid, Pete Bourey as “Bud” Johnson, Becka Malan­ios as Marge, Nathan Matz as Char­lie, Pete Clauser as Michael Johnson, Nicole Simp­kins as Carolyn Johnson and Emily Snyder as Mar­ian/ State Fair Singer and Chiara.

“The Bridges Of Madi­son County” opens Fri­day, June 22, and runs June 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 1.

Show Times are Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day at 7:30 PM and Sun­days at 3:00 PM.

Price Range: Stu­dent $17.50, Se­nior $22.50, Adult $28.50, Pre­mium Seats $30 and Deluxe Seats $33. Spe­cial Dis­count Night is Thurs­day, June 28, ONLY – Stu­dent Tick­ets are $15 and all other seats are $20. For Tick­ets please visit www. gen­e­sius­d­if­fer­ence.org; 610373-9500 card fees ap­ply. Tick­ets also avail­able at the door. The play is rated PG, Adult Themes.

Ge­n­e­sius is a 501-C-3 Non-Profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. The Ge­n­e­sius, 2017 Sea­son, is spon­sored by Sandy Sol­mon and Doug Messinger of Sweet Street Ge­n­e­sius The­atre, 153 North 10th Street, Read­ing, PA 19601

Ge­n­e­sius The­atre is hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble and there is free park­ing (lim­ited spa­ces avail­able) next to the theater. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the theater at 610-371-8151.

PHOTO BY JASON HUGG & SPENCER MOSS FE­CHO

Left to right: Lind­sey Vil­lecco as Francesca Johnson and Michael Cor­co­ran as Robert Kinkaid in The Bridges of Madi­son County.

Left to right: Michael Cor­co­ran as Robert Kinkaid and Lind­sey Vil­lecco as Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madi­son County.

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