This week I was able to attend SpeakEasy Stage Co.’s final production of their 2016/2017 season, The Bridges of Madison County. The musical which is based on the best selling novel and popular movie that starred Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, comes to life on stage thanks to a talented group of actors.
Boston native, Jennifer Ellis, who plays Francesca is a beautiful counterpart to the handsome out of town photographer, Robert, played by Christiaan Smith who spends much of the second act shirtless. It wasn’t hard to get swept up in their romance, considering how beautiful Ellis voice is and the fact that half the audience was gushing whenever Smith stepped on stage (yours truly included).
In addition to the great casting, the stage’s deconstructed design of an Iowa farmhouse and their creative use of lighting was so well thought out and executed it really deserves a mention. I wholeheartedly recommend making a point to get tickets to see this show. Assuming your other half isn’t put off by how much you’ll drool over Smith, the show makes for a great date night. In case you think I’m being overly complimentary, read The Boston Globe’s rave review, which loved Ellis and the production as well.
The Bridges of Madison County
SpeakEasy Stage at The Calderwood Pavilion
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