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The Bridges of Madison County with Symphony of the Mountains

Sep 15–16
Barter's Smith Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Book by Marsha Norman

Based on the novel by Robert James Waller

Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?”

The Bridges of Madison County with Symphony of the Mountains

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 7:30pm

Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 3:00pm

Toy F. Reid Employee Center | 400 South Wilcox Drive I Kingsport, TN 37660

Director's Notes


“There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the bookThe Bridges of Madison Countywritten by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years,Parade,Songs for a New World) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story.

There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message.The Bridges of Madison Countyis one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever.

At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.”

Tricia Matthews

Director, The Bridges of Madison County

Cast & Credits


Francesca Johnson:Hannah Ingram

Robert Kincaid:Sean Maximo Campos

Carolyn:Hope Quinn

Richard “Bud” Johnson:Nick Koesters

Michael:Zacchaeus Kimbrell

Marge:Paris Bradstreet

Charlie:Rick McVey

Marian:Kim Morgan Dean

Chiara:Sarah Laughland


Director:Tricia Matthews

Musical Director:Dishon Smith

Set Designer:Derek Smith

Lighting Designer:Camille Davis

Costume Designer:Jane Alois Stein

Sound Designer:Tony Angelini

Stage Manager:Cindi A. Raebel


Hershell & Toni Cave

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Feagins

Betsy Schrum

Spotless Restoration