Grandstreet Theatre

Auditions for The Bridges of Madison County

Grandstreet Theatre


Auditions for The Bridges of Madison County

A New Musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman

This is your chance to sing “one of the best Broadway scores in a decade!”  A sweeping, romantic musical that beautifully captures the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.  

Audition Dates

Monday, February 11, 2019 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / 6:30PM – 9:30PM

You should only attend one night of auditions.  You should arrive by 6:30 and you may not need to stay until 9:30.  There are potential callbacks on Wednesday, February 13th.

Rehearsal Dates

February 25, 2019 – April 25, 2019 / Rehearsals are flexible and are generally held Monday through Thursday evenings.  

Performance Dates

April 26, 2019 – May 12, 2019 / Wednesdays through Sundays (13 shows total)

Audition Location

Grandstreet Theatre is located at 325 N. Park Avenue.  Auditions will begin in the main auditorium at Grandstreet, please enter through the main entrance on N. Park.   

What to Prepare

Those who plan to audition should have a The Bridges of Madison County Audition Packet.  Packets can be picked up at the Grandstreet Box Office (weekdays between noon and 5) or downloaded here: The Bridges of Madison County Audition Packet. The audition packet will have more instructions about what to prepare for the audition.

What to Bring

Those who audition must submit a The Bridges of Madison County Audition Form on the night you audition.  Forms can be picked up at the Grandstreet Box Office (weekdays between noon and 5) or downloaded here: The Bridges of Madison County Audition Form Please come with your Audition Form already filled out.  This form has important calendar and schedule information that is necessary for the casting process.  

Seeking the Following Roles

Francesca Johnson (30s, 40s, 50s) – a beautiful Italian woman, generous, luminous, and funny, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa.  

Richard “Bud” Johnson (30s, 40s, 50s) – Francesca’s husband, an Iowa farmer, a good guy, diligent and dependable, but always exhausted and irritated that things haven’t gotten easier. 

Robert Kincaid (30s, 40s, 50s) – a rugged, worldly, visionary photographer, a vagabond and artist. 

Michael (teens, 20s) – Francesca and Bud’s son, rebellious, doesn’t like the idea that his Dad wants him to be a farmer.  He yearns for adventure and feels trapped on the farm. 

Carolyn (teens, 20s) – Francesca and Bud’s daughter, intelligent and hard-working, she wants more than her simple life on the farm, but hasn’t yet figured out what that is.  

Marge (40s, 50s, 60s) – Francesca’s neighbor, nosy and sassy, but always there for a friend in need.  

Charlie (40s, 50s, 60s) – Marge’s husband, a stable and steady farmer, he tends to tell Marge to stay out of other people’s business, although he’s probably just as curious as she is.  

Marian (30s, 40s, 50s) – Robert’s former wife, with the soul and spirit of a folk musician. 

Chiara (30s, 40s, 50s) – Francesca’s sister, still living in Italy, flirtatious and bold. 

Plus a flexible Ensemble of singers and actors who play a variety or roles.  

About The Show

Based on the best selling novel and the popular Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood film, one of the most romantic stories ever written is now an irresistible, Tony Award winning musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman.  Francesca is looking forward to a few days alone on the farm as her husband and children head off to the 1965 Iowa State Fair.  When traveling photographer Robert Kincaid stops to ask for directions to the local covered bridges, both of their lives are changed forever.  Set among the expanse of America’s heartland, this soaring musical tells an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.  It’s no surprise that Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Original Score.  This music is a dream come true for singers and actors of all levels of experience.  

For questions or more information, please contact Jeff Downing, Artistic Director at 442-4270 or email [email protected]