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bridges of madison countyThe Bridges of Madison County
A New Musical

FOUR-TIME TONY® NOMINEE KELLI O’HARA reunites with BARTLETT SHER, the Tony-winning director of SOUTH PACIFIC and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of MARSHA NORMAN and JASON ROBERT BROWN. O’Hara is joined onstage by STEVEN PASQUALE for this classic love story based on the best-selling novel by ROBERT JAMES WALLER. Don’t miss this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.
CLICK HERE to visit the Bridges of Madison County website!


trumpet of the swan

photo by: Thomas D. Mangelsen

The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra
by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman

JUST RELEASED BY PS CLASSICS AND
AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCE BY ORCHESTRAS.
Starring: John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, James Naughton, Mandy Moore, Marty Short and with Jason Robert Brown conducting.

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TRUMPET OF THE SWAN NOW ON SALE AT AMAZON (click here)


lilly dot logoThe Lilly Awards

The Lilly Awards were started in the Spring of 2010 as a way to honor the work of women in the American Theater. The founders of The Lillys are Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Theresa Rebeck. The awards are named for Lillian Hellman, a pioneering American playwright who famously said “You need to write like the devil and act like one too when necessary.”

Previous winners who have received the Lilly Award include Mary Rodgers, Dominique Morisseau, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Jeanine Tesori, Liesl Tommy, Kelli O’Hara, Pam MacKinnon, Leigh Silverman, Anne Kaufman, Sarah Ruhl, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Baker, Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens, Tina Fallon, Amy Herzog, Nina Arianda, Diane Paulus, Katori Hall, Tina Howe, Estella Parsons, Lynne Meadow, Ntozake Shange, Jessica Hecht, and Lois Smith.
For more information:  www.thelillyawards.org


Secret Garden Spring Cover FULL.inddThe Secret Garden, Spring Version

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The long-awaited new 70-minute version of the beloved musical is as beautiful and spirited as the original in just half the time. Adapted by Marsha Norman from her Tony-award winning book, it tells the story of Mary Lennox, orphaned in India, who returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. On the estate, she discovers a locked garden filled with magic, a boy who talks to birds, and a cousin she brings back to health by putting him to work in the garden. The original chorus of ghosts has been replaced with a chorus of Readers, who sit onstage and watch the musical unfold before their eyes, singing in most scenes, and even participating as desired in the storm scene at the end of the first act, and the frolic in the Night Garden. Lucy Simon’s music, some of the most beautiful ever written for Broadway, has made this tale of regeneration a favorite for almost 20 years. This new “Spring Version” promises to be a treasure for children and adults.
Unlimited cast size, piano score only, perfect for middle school audience and junior performing companies. Available now from Samuel French.
For additional information, visit: www.samuelfrench.com/


stonybrook writers festSouthampton Stonybrook Writers Festival

For more information, visit: www.stonybrook.edu
Writers Festival Faculty 2009.

(l to r) Ursula Hegi, Matt Klam, Meg Wolitzer, Bob Reeves, Billy Collins, Frank McCourt, Carol Muske-Dukes,
Lou Ann Walker, Melissa Bank, Roger Rosenblatt, Marsha