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Preview: $32 all seats

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732-531-9106, ext 14.

The Bridges of Madison County

March 11 (7PM preview), March 12 (2PM & 8PM), March 13 (3PM), March 16 (2PM), March 18 (7PM), March 19 (2PM and 8PM), March 20 (3PM), March 23 (2PM). March 24 (2PM), March 25 (7PM), March 26 (2PM and 8PM), March 27 (3PM)

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

​Book by Marsha Norman

​Based on the novel by Robert James Waller

​Directed by Hunter Foster

The Axelrod PAC welcomes two-time Tony nominee KATE BALDWIN (Hello, Dolly!, Finian’s Rainbow) and film and TV star AARON LAZAR (Fox’s Filthy Rich and the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music) to star as Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid in The Bridges of Madison County, directed by one of its original stars HUNTER FOSTER.  Based on one of the bestselling books of the 20th century and the 1995 film that starred Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, The Bridges of Madison County boasts a truly glorious score by Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. If you’re not one of the 50 million Americans who read the book, Bridges is the story of an Italian woman named Francesca who lives in the American Midwest in the 1960s. The story takes off when she starts an affair with a National Geographic photographer focused on covered bridges in the area. What begins as an innocent friendship quickly unravels into a steamy affair, which produces heart-breaking repercussions on both their lives.

The Bridges of Madison County is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. (


Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin

(Francesca Johnson)

starred opposite both Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters in the 2017 Tony-winning revival of Hello Dolly!, garnering accolades for her sparkling humor and soaring voice. She was nominated for the 2017 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Irene Molloy. Her starring role in the 2009 Broadway revival of Yip Harburg’s and Burton Lane’s hit classic musical Finian’s Rainbow drew Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and put her on the map as “a real musical theatre star” (New York Post). She received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role as Jen in Keen Company’s 20th Anniversary revival of Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald’s John & Jen. She starred as Sandra Bloom in Big Fish on Broadway, and earned accolades and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work as Leslie Lynnton Benedict in Giant at The Public Theater. Off Broadway, she drew raves in Songbird (59E59) and a 2019 Lortel Award nomination for her work in Tom Kitt and John Logan’s Superhero (Second Stage). Her television credits include “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) “First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb” (PBS) “Just Beyond” (Disney+) and on film she can be seen in “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.” Her debut solo album, Let’s See What Happens, is available at Broadway Records.


Bart Shatto

(Bud Johnson)

A member of the original Broadway casts of Hands on a Hardbody and The Civil War, Bart Shatto has also appeared on Broadway in War Paint and Dracula and as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.  A veteran singer with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his television  credits include:  NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago Med, CBS Murphy Brown, Disney Jr's Gaspard and Lisa.


Emily Pellecchia

(Carolyn Johnson)

Trained at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Emily Pellecchia has performed lead roles in such musicals as Little Shop of Horrors, Annie and Bye, Bye Birdie.


Mark Megill 


Mark is an actor, music director and teacher, and is delighted to return to the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, where he has played Arvide in Guys and Dolls, Jacob/Potiphar in Joseph, and FDR in Annie (with Andrea McArdle). He played Jean Shepherd in the national tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical.  At the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan he recently played Father TIm Farley in Mass Appeal.  Other roles  at the Algonquin include Jack Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees, Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Patsy in Spamalot, Herbie in Gypsy, Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha and Marley in Scrooge.  He has performed with such diverse talents as Duke Ellington, Andy Williams, and A$AP Rocky.  When not onstage, he serves as musical director at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, The Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts, and at The Spring Lake Community House. He retired after 35 years as a public school teacher, and was recently named to the Allentown High School Hall of Fame.  He lives in Manasquan with his wife Maria and is a proud father and grandfather.

Aaron Lazar

Aaron Lazar

(Robert Kincaid)

was recently seen as Reverend Paul Thomas opposite Kim Cattrall in Filthy Rich for FOX. Mr. Lazar has extensive Broadway credits, including Sting and John Logan’s The Last Ship, the only revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury, Impressionism with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, the first revival of Les Miserables (Drama Desk Nom.) and Lincoln Center’s The Light in the Piazza (also Live on PBS). More TV: arcs on The Strain for FX and Quantico for ABC. Some films: Warner Bros.’ This is Where I Leave You, Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Warner Bros.’ J. Edgar and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. Concerts include: Company with the New York Philharmonic, South Pacific at The Hollywood Bowl, Carousel with the Boston Pops, the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, the NSO at the Kennedy Center, and the Jerusalem Symphony at Masada. @aaronscottlazar


Thomas Cromer

(Michael Johnson)

A recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Thomas Cromer appeared in the National Tour of Elf on the Shelf and as in Weathervane Playhouse’s productions of 42nd Street and A Chorus Line.


Giuliana Augello


From Syracuse University, Giuliana Augello appeared in Theater Aspen’s productions of Chicago and Rock of Ages as well as A Charlie Brown Christmas in New York City.

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Nikki Yarnell


Nikki was last seen as Dot (The Savannah Sipping Society) at Prather Productions’ Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Her past work as Miss Mona (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Mary Lazarus (Sister Act) and Maudie Atkinson (To Kill a Mockingbird) all earned her BroadwayWorld Award nominations. Other regional credits: Ruth (Pirates of Penzance at Theater at Monmouth), Mavis (Church Basement Ladies), Elsie Hickam (Universal’s Rocket Boys) & Morgan Le Fey u/s (Camelot). National tours: MeeMaw (Stand by Your Man). New York: Jill Sosmiley (Bar Code with James Rado). Northwestern University graduate.



"The voices were amazing and the staging was definitely on Broadway level. And just 10 minutes from home!!" ~ Judith Davis Wigdortz


"All I can say is wow!! Broadway quality!!! Loved it" ~ Lori Goldberg-Schprechman


"Saw it yesterday. Loved it so much! As good as Broadway. Cast was an A+. " ~ Lindsay Ellen



"Those who are lucky enough to see The Bridges of Madison County at Axelrod Performing Arts Center will experience the performance of a lifetime." ~ Broadway World


"Just an exquisite production of this beautiful JRB musical. Kudos to the wonderful cast and crew. Don’t miss it!" ~ Bobbi Krantz


"The show is beautifully staged. Love the orchestra playing that luscious JRB music. Kate and Aaron have wonderful chemistry

with glorious voices. Hope to see you all again soon. " ~ Robin Kirkpatrick


"Fabulous show..the cast was amazing! Go see it you won’t be disappointed" ~ Awilda Nunez


"Amazing performance tonight! Incredible cast. RUN DON’T WALK." ~ Ladd Boris


"What a wonderful evening - fabulous voices ... wonderful supporting cast ... the live orchestra was such a treat ... Broadway in our backyard ... easy parking ... we are so lucky to have this venue with such a high caliber of actors !" ~ Elynn R. Taylor


"Amazing production, absolutely loved it!! Broadway just around the corner. Highly recommend it!! Kept us warm on a chilly evening." ~ Belinda Escalera Morriss

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