Jeremy Koch & Denene Mulay Koch

May 23, 2018 | The Bridges of Madison County

Romance is in the air this summer as Farmers Alley Theatre returns to the Little Theatre on Oakland Drive for the West Michigan premiere of the Tony-Award Winning musical THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, running June 8th through the 24thBased on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller that sold over 60 million copies worldwide, and the Academy Award winning film which starred Meryl Strep and Clint Eastwood, this brand-new adaptation features a book by Marsha Norman and Tony-Winning Score & Orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years).

Francesca Johnson (Denene Mulay Koch), a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier (Christopher Harrod) to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid (Jeremy Koch), pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life.  Tackling the yearning entangled in the eternal question, “What if…?”, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.

Real-life married couple and Farmers Alley Theatre founders, Jeremy Koch (The Secret Garden, Next to Normal) and Denene Mulay Koch (Parade, 1776) will portray Robert and Francesca.  NYC professional Christopher Harrod plays Francesca’s husband, Bud.  Zoe Vonder Haar (last summer’s It Shoulda Been You) and Kenneth Derby portray Francesca’s nosy neighbors.  The rest of the cast includes John Culbertson, Audrey Filson, Julianna Hirsh, Carly Koch, Jason Koch, Brian Panse, Joshua Peduto and Whitney Weiner.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY will be directed by Kathy Mulay, who has put her stamp on many of our June musicals in the past such as The Light in the Piazza, Cabaret, and Dogfight.  Music Direction will be guided under the deft hand of Catherine A. Walker.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY runs June 8-24 at WMU’s Little Theatre on Oakland Drive.  Tickets reservations can be made by calling the Farmers Alley Theatre Box Office at (269) 343-2727 or online at www.farmersalleytheatre.com.  Be sure to follow Farmers Alley Theatre on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - @farmersalley



Friday June 8th 8pm
Saturday June 9th 8pm

Thursday June 14th 730pm
Friday June 15th 8pm
Saturday June 16th 8pm

Thursday June 21st 730pm
Friday June 22nd 8pm
Saturday June 23rd 8pm


Sunday June 10th 2pm

Sunday June 17th 2pm

Sunday June 24th 2pm


Box Office: (269) 343-2727
Website: www.farmersalleytheatre.com
Tickets: $35 adults/$33 Seniors on Fri/Sat/Sun | $30/$28 on Thu | $15 Students all dates

The address for THE LITTLE THEATRE is 798 Oakland Drive.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is sponsored by Meyer C. Weiner Co., Lake Michigan Credit Union, Landscape Arborist Service, LLC and Peregrine Company.