Album Review: The Bridges of Madison County (2014 Original Broadway Cast Recording)

“I can’t tell you I know what the future will be.
Who knows anything?”

Though often cited as one of the titans of new musical theatre writing, I think it is fair to say that Jason Robert Brown has never managed to nail a proper commercial hit on Broadway. Despite the critical acclaim and cult status that has built up around shows like Parade and The Last Five Years, the Great White Way has resisted his charms and in 2014, it was the turn of his musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County to last barely even 4 months the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

And as is so often the case, it is hard to tell why, just from listening to the Original Broadway Cast Recording. Based on the Robert James Waller novel, further popularised by an Academy Award-nominated film adaptation, it is a sweepingly romantic story and it is given the sweepingly romantic treatment here by JRB. And with a cast led by Kelli O’Hara (possibly too young for the middle-aged disillusionment meant to characterise the tale) and Steven Pasquale, it sounds just gorgeous. Continue reading “Album Review: The Bridges of Madison County (2014 Original Broadway Cast Recording)”

The 2014 Clarence Derwent Awards

UK – Best male in a supporting role
Charles Edwards as Charles Marsden in Strange Interlude at the National

UK – Best female in a supporting role
June Watson as Mammy in The Cripple of Inishmaan at Noel Coward Theatre and Nanny in Before the Party at Almeida

US – Most promising Male
Steven Boyer – as Jason and Tyrone in Hand to God

US – Most promising female
Whitney Bashor – as Marian and Chiara in The Bridges of Madison County