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Jenna Russell in Fun Home at the Young Vic (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Jenna Russell in Fun Home at the Young Vic (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Jenna Russell to lead Menier’s The Bridges Of Madison County

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson First Published 13 May 2019, Last Updated 13 May 2019

Following the smash-hit success of Fiddler On The Roof, currently playing in the West End, the Menier Chocolate Factory is hosting another musical hit-in-the-making – The Bridges Of Madison County – with Jenna Russell leading the cast.

The show marks an exciting return for Jenna to the Menier, where she has previously starred in Sondheim musicals Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday In The Park With George. For the former, Jenna received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical – and for the latter, she won the award.

This new production marks the UK premiere of The Bridges Of Madison County, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a new staging directed by Trevor Nunn. The show adapts Robert James Waller’s bestselling novel of the same name.

Jenna will play Francesca, an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy life on a farm in the American Midwest. But a chance encounter with Robert Kincaid, a photographer filming bridges in the area, develops into a passionate affair – with devastating consequences.

The musical previous won the Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations. And now, UK audiences will have the chance to witness some of Jason Robert Brown’s masterful music.

Performances begin at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 13 July, running until 14 September. Tickets are available on the Menier Chocolate Factory website.

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