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'Bridges of Madison County' original cast recording -- FIRST LISTEN

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Joan Marcus

You wept at the book, then wept at the Meryl Streep-Clint Eastwood film, but save some more tears for the achingly lovely new cast recording for the Broadway tuner The Bridges of Madison County, composed by the prolific Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade), which gives listeners the unique pleasure of preserving two of the very best vocal performances of the last few years, by dynamite duo Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, whose stirring chemistry could set a cornfield ablaze. The musical — about a lonely Iowa farm wife (O’Hara), happily married but stifled, falling in love with a handsome photographer (Pasquale) blazing through town to capture the historic bridges of the title — has earned stellar reviews since opening in February (including one by senior editor Thom Geier), and the new album contains 20 tracks (including “Falling Into You” and “It All Fades Away”) in total.

The digital version will be available on April 15 (a physical CD with lots of bonus materials, including a deluxe 32-page booklet, can be pre-ordered here), but feast your ears on Brown’s lush, romantic score below, where you can be swept away by a soprano and a tenor for the ages, who make beautiful music to be sure (shirtless imagery to be conjured mentally here, I’m afraid).

The Bridges of Madison County is now playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway.

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