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Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

Bridges of Madison County
Bridges of Madison County
Robert James Waller
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Dove Entertainment Inc (March 1, 1994)
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Literature & Fiction
Waller's novel comes alive via the performances of Ben Kingsley, Deborah Raffin, and Waller himself, in this dramatization of the story of two people whose lives are forever altered by their meeting. 2 cassettes.
  • Wymefw
....I don't remember when. I saw this show based solely on what I read about the score, something about picking up the gauntlet thrown down by Rogers & Hammerstein to write songs, real songs, not leitmotif. I wasn't disappointed.

I guess everyone has his/her criteria for what makes a great Broadway show (i.e., new shows, not revivals). For me, it's about hearing melodies I haven't heard a million times before. It's also about hearing songs that indelibly capture character in a single moment. This show did exactly that for me. I know this review is supposed to address the recording alone, but as the show is still running (and probably struggling for an audience while Aladdin will be SRO for the next dozen years) I can't help throwing kudos for the spare, deeply creative staging. I know that "beautiful" is the most overused adjective in the vernacular, but The Bridges of Madison County truly is that. The songs are simply lush, and every singer, especially O'Hara and Pasquale, render them with palpable passion. The show haunted me for days, and I can't wait to have the OBC recording on CD to treasure forever along with my other favorite shows of all time.

As to the reviewer a few notches below who gave this a poor review, I'm certainly not "hating" him (or her), nor do I consider myself an expert on this composer's oeuvre, but I clearly see great worth in this musical score. My recommendation to others is: see the show, buy the music, decide for yourself.
  • Gom
I have been going to Broadway Musicals all my life and I have so many favorites - for so many different reasons. "The Bridges of Madison County" just moved to the top of my list. I wasn't expecting to be so moved when I first saw it during previews - But when I went back again this weekend, I was prepared. The music by Jason Robert Brown is absolutely gorgeous and at times even breath taking. I have seen the show twice and plan to go back again. The director found a team of collaborators including an amazing cast who understood and loved the material and translated it into a night of theatre that is now a part of me. The entire musical, on every level including the set, the staging, sound, lightening, every single element came together perfectly. Someone once asked me what I loved so much about theatre and I struggled to find the words to answer. I still struggle with finding the right words but the answer can be found in this beautiful musical. Paul Boynton
  • Nikok
5 stars I have loved musicals since first taken at a ridiculously young age to the original production of King and I, and have a huge collection of CDs. I miss the musicals that are not afraid of big, character-driven emotional expression. This is it. Soaring melodies and extraordinary lyrics whose subtlety becomes clearer on every re-hearing -- and for a while I could not stop listening to it. Now the melodies are in in my head and come back to me at unexpected moments. I saw the show once in Williamstown with a different lead (who was also wonderful) when Kelli O'Hara was having her baby and then again early in its run on Broadway. I loved it and everyone I recommended it to loved it. They were often surprised by their reactions -- like me they thought the book and/or movie cheesy and sentimental tear-jerkers or soap operas (though effective ones). But I realized that many big operas are also tear-jerking soap operas at heart - La Boheme, La Traviata, and so on. It is the music that makes the cheesy emotions soar and become human and significant. I have to go back to South Pacific to think of a show where the music is as big and beautiful as the score here. So sad it could not find an audience and reprehensible that it was not even nominated for a best musical Tony and especially that Stephen Pasquale was not nominated as best actor in a musical. His gorgeous big voice and sexy stage presence are extraordinary. (In the song where he sings Come with me! my wife whispered to me "'I'd go with him in a second!") Buy it and love it. I hope when it tours it goes to a place I can get to. I would love to see it again
  • Alsath
Jim and I read this book when it first came out, then we saw the movie. We have been to the house in Winterset, Iowa. Jim passed away unexpectedly June 04, 2012. On June 04, 2013 I'm taking the book, going to his grave and reading the book again with him.

This is a wonderful, true love story, the kind Jim and I had.
  • happy light
Simply wonderful and it's a crime that it closed so quickly on Broadway. I hated the book, tolerated the movie because of Eastwood
and Streep. Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale are younger and more passionate than the book/movie versions of Francesca and
Robert. Not only soaring love songs but sung monologues which give us greater insight into the characters and their past. I
even agree with the decision to enlarge the role of Francesca's down-to-earth, unromantic but loving, loyal husband. His songs
create a man who isn't as exciting as Robert but who has his own virtues. That makes her final decision easier to comprehend
and accept. I think that the 2015 Tony for Kelli O'Hara's role in The King and I, although well deserved, should have been
given to her in 2014 for Bridges of Madison County. And Steven Pasquale deserved one too, for taking a character who was so
insufferable in the book----and making him both seductive and sympathetic. There's even a wonderful song for the small role
of Robert's former wife.