Composer Jason Robert Brown on building Tony-winning ‘Bridges’

May 17, 2016

He won two Tony awards for writing the musical version of "The Bridges of Madison County." We speak composer Jason Robert Brown about that musical, which opens at the Wharton Center Thursday night.


"The Bridges of Madison County," that best-selling book by Robert James Waller, has been adapted twice for the performing arts. First was the hit movie with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, and second was the Broadway musical version, which garnered composer Jason Robert Brown two Tony Awards.

Current State’s Jamie Paisley spoke with this very celebrated songwriter about his Tony-winning music of that romance between an Italian war-bride and a national geographic photographer, which comes to the Wharton Center in East Lansing this week.

For Thursday’s opening night performance, Jamie Paisley will also be on hand to  interview a couple of cast members from "The Bridges of Madison County" before the show. It’s part of the Wharton Center’s "Insight Preview" series. More about that is also on the website of the Wharton Center.