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Watch: Kelli O'Hara on bittersweet fifth Tony nomination for 'Bridges of Madison County' (Exclusive Video)'

31 May 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Kelli O'Hara has been the belle of Broadway for the better part of a decade, reaping Tony nominations for each of her last five appearances on the rialto. However, she has yet to take home the trophy. That could change this year with her Best Musical Actress bid for "The Bridges of Madison County."  -Break- Join the red-hot debate about the Tonys in our fiery forums In our recent webcam chat (watch below), she detailed her five-year involvement in the development of this tuner version of the Robert James Waller novella about an Iowa farmwife and her illicit affair with a National Geographic photographer. She admitted to being both flattered and overwhelmed when composer Jason Robert Brown ("Parade") approached her to play the part of Italian war bride Francesca, which had earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination back in 1995. "The amount of miraculous writing and glorious singing he provided me »

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Theater Review: New Age on Broadway, in The Bridges of Madison County

20 February 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The lights come up, with no fuss or pizazz, on a plainly dressed farmwoman, the endless American heartland stretching behind her. Are we in Oklahoma? Or even Oklahoma!? No, it’s Iowa, but we may be forgiven for thinking of Aunt Eller with her butter churn. And though the thought is quickly dispelled as we learn, in a long musical sequence including barcaroles and waltzes and arias and chorales, that this woman, Francesca, came to the town of Winterset as a war bride from Naples, and that she is beautiful and sad and in a state of perma-longing, the connection to Rodgers and Hammerstein is not irrelevant. The Bridges of Madison County, though based on an insipid novel, is a very serious musical indeed, both rapturous and moral, with a gorgeous score by Jason Robert Brown. It is also one of the few recent Broadway shows to take up the »

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