THEATRE AFICIONADO AT LARGE

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'The Bridges of Madison County' on Broadway - Theatre Aficionado at Large

Recently, I referred to the 1956 classic The Most Happy Fella, Frank Loesser’s lush romantic masterpiece, as a “grown-up musical for grown-ups.” It’s a big, bold musical with its heart on its sleeve, and the sort of show the older generation says they don’t write anymore, and perhaps this is true to an extent. Much of the current Broadway musical theatre is made up of subversive comedies, by-the-number adaptations of movies, and pre-packaged song catalogs. Sincere romantic musical plays tend to be a tougher sell these days. The most recent example I can think of is Giant with its sweeping score by Michael John LaChiusa. However, that show played a limited run off-Broadway at the Public (though it should have been on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont). Well, a new grown-up musical for grown-ups has come to Broadway and it’s Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s beautiful adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County.

Filed under The Bridges of Madison County Kelli O'Hara Steven Pasquale Jason Robert Brown Marsha Norman

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Rebecca Caine
I Saw Him Once (from "Les Miserables") / Somebody, Somewhere (from "The Most Happy Fella")

Rebecca Caine combines “I Saw Him Once” (Cosette’s cut solo from Les Miserables) with “Somebody, Somewhere” from The Most Happy Fella in her cabaret No, No, Cosette!  at the Pheasantry in London, 2012.

Filed under Rebecca Caine Les Miserables The Most Happy Fella Soprano