DCTS: Kurt Boehm talks about Keegan’s answer to this summer of hate, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

“This is a good time for this piece to be in this city,”director Kurt Boehm says of The Bridges of Madison County, now onstage at Keegan Theatre. No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, you can’t deny there’s an underbelly of hate going on. This show does the opposite and gives a permission to love, no matter what the circumstances.”

Despite big Broadway talents Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, and Tony Award wins for Best Score and Orchestrations, The Bridges of Madison County lasted only 137 performances on Broadway in 2014. Considering its source material was a best-selling book by Robert James Waller and critically acclaimed movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, expectations were obviously a bit higher.

“On a Broadway scale, I think the show needs to feel more intimate,” says Boehm says. “That’s why I think this will work so well in Keegan’s space. It’s right there, as if you are watching a movie. You need to feel the pulse of what the character is going through and on the Broadway stage or a tour, it just seems so far away.” … READ MORE