I didn’t read The Bridges of Madison County when it was published in 1992 — even though Oprah said I should — and the film of the same name three years later was too schmaltzy for my taste.
So no one is more surprised than I at how much I love — that’s love, love, LOVE — the Broadway musical adaptation that I saw today at the matinee.
This is one of the most romantic shows I have ever seen performed on any stage.
Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale are simply amazing. O’Hara is a Broadway veteran; we expect her depth of character and beautiful voice. But Pasquale, who I know from his many TV roles, matches her step for step, creating a relationship that is wonderful to watch.
And his tenor? Fills the theatre.
The music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown are beautiful; the book by Marsha Norman a wonderful mixture of light and shade.
Did I mention I love it? I simply cannot wait to see it again.