Carnivale Theatrics Opens ‘The Bridges of Madison County’; Good Fridays at The Warhol (Fri., 6/26/18)

1) Difficult as it may be to believe, there are still some people who think The Bridges of Madison County is about a family named the Bridges. Wrong-o. The story concerns covered bridges and adultery, which go together if you’re an Italian-immigrant farm wife in Iowa with a crush on a National Geographic photographer who comes through to shoot pictures of the quaint bridges. Millions of Americans have related powerfully to the tale, thus proving the Hollywood adage that “nobody knows anything” about what’s likely to be a hit. Robert James Waller’s mega-best-selling novel was made into a 1995 movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, thereby demonstrating that Dirty Harry could shoot something other than a .44 Magnum. More recently, The Bridges of Madison County was adapted as a stage musical. It won 2014 Tony Awards for Best Score and Orchestration (both by Jason Robert Brown), with the song “Almost Real” drawing particular praise. Pittsburgh’s Carnivale Theatrics presents The Bridges of Madison County at the New Hazlett Theater. 7:30 p.m. Continues through July 8. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)

2) Good Fridays at the Warhol is a weekly party at the museum, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. Half-price museum admission. 5 – 10 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.


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