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Pulitzer Prize

Review: 'Bridges of Madison County' musical holds up at the Broward Center

Review: 'Bridges of Madison County' musical holds up at the Broward Center

Robert James Waller’s slim 1992 novel “The Bridges of Madison County” sold more than 60 million copies, its popularity leading to a 1995 movie version starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

Waller detractors, and there are many, view the book as 224 pages of awkwardly written, sentimental mush. Yet Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman saw something stageworthy in the story of a life-altering, four-day affair.

Although their show had a relatively short, 137-performance run on Broadway in 2014, Brown won Tony Awards for his score and orchestrations, and deservedly so. This score by the man who created...

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