Pen Players Present “The Bridges of Madison County” July 26 – Aug. 13

Audiences will be swept away by the life-changing, four-day love affair in the lush musical The Bridges of Madison County at Peninsula Players Theatre July 26 through Aug. 13. One of the most romantic stories ever written, The Bridges of Madison County first captured the nation’s attention in 1992 as a best-selling novel, then again in 1995 as a major motion picture. It is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award-winning musical.

Francesca, an Italian war bride, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm. While her family heads to the 1965 Indiana State Fair, the world-weary photographer Robert pulls into her driveway seeking directions. What unfolds is an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire as their chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

 “The story is so romantic – and gives us pause to wonder, ‘what-if?’” said director Elizabeth Margolius. “It leaves us asking some tough questions about what is most important in life – and does so with a glorious score.”

The soulful score mixes pop, folk, country and classic music. Jason Robert Brown’s score received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score, the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Orchestrations and the Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations.

The Bridges of Madison County features Steve Koehler as Robert, the ruggedly handsome photographer, and Cory Goodrich as Francesca, a funny and generous Iowa farm wife.

The entire acting company includes Karl Hamilton, Dan Klarer, Henry McGinniss, James Rank, Rengin Altay, Katherine Duffy, Ashley Lanyon, Elizabeth Haley and Valerie Maze as the music director and conductor. The creative team includes scenic designer Jack Magaw, lighting designer Charles Cooper, costume designer Kärin Simonson Kopischke, sound designer Megan Henninger and properties designer Jesse Gaffney.

The Bridges of Madison County performs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm, July 26 through Aug. 12. The closing performance on Aug. 13 is a matinee performance scheduled for 4 pm. Tickets range from $41 to $47. To reserve tickets, call 920.868.3287 or visit


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