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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kelli O'Hara Goes Italian At Eataly, April 14th

The producers of the new romantic musical, The Bridges of Madison County, are excited to announce a special event between Kelli O’Hara who plays Italian- born Francesca Johnson in the show, and world famous chef Lidia Bastianich, who is also a part-owner of Eataly.  Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world, committed to promoting high-quality, gourmet yet affordable “regional Italian food with a local twist,” and is home to its cooking school, La Scuola di Eataly New York (200 5th Avenue).    Lidia will be welcoming Kelli to La Scuola on Monday, April 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (200 5th Avenue) to help recreate Lidia’s favorite dishes inspired from Broadway’s The Bridges of Madison County.  

Lidia and Kelli will be demonstrating and preparing dishes that celebrate the cuisine that results when Old World tradition meets local, seasonal ingredients. Guest will enjoy each course prepared in Eataly La Scuola's open kitchen and each course will be paired with wine by Eataly’s knowledgeable wine director. The class will be complete with wine tasting notes and recipes to take home. 

The menu that they will be demonstrating is the following:
  • Insalata di Finocchi & Gorgonzola (Fennel & Gorgonzola Salad)
  • Conchiglioni Ripieni con Mozzarella (Baked Stuffed Shells with Mozzarella)
  • Costata di Maiale (Pork Chops with Seasonal Vegetables)

The class is on sale to the public on Eataly’s website. To sign up or for more info,visit:https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1508129

This is Lidia’s first time working with a Broadway show and star and this class with Kelli is a fitting first. 

“I really love to cook, but what I really really love to do is EAT,” Kelli O’Hara said. “In my family, the way we share love is to gather around a table for a home cooked meal, and making that meal always teaches us something about our past.  From watching ‘Lidia's Italy,’ I sense that her family is the same.   I am, by no means, a chef.  I am much more comfortable singing for my supper, but a chance to assist Lidia whom I admire so much and to learn from her is a chance to more deeply understand my character, Francesca, and to cook alongside a master.  I will be in Heaven.”

In The Bridges of Madison County, Kelli’s character, Francesca Johnson has moved from Italy to a country farm in Iowa. Although she is no longer in Italy, one thing she holds on to is her love for her Italian heritage and the gorgeous foods that come from there. There are many moments where she is cooking or eating on stage with Robert Kincaid (played by Steven Kincaid).

La Scuola di Eataly offers food lovers and home chefs the opportunity to improve their culinary skills by participating in demo-style classes that will focus on making risotto, fresh pasta, “Meatless Mondays,” and the regional cuisine of Italy, wine tastings, interactive “Chef's Table” dinners prepared in the open kitchen, “Food & Language” cultural classes taught by native Italian instructors and much more!

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The Bridges of Madison County is the new romantic musical by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning team of Marsha Norman (‘night Mother, The Color Purple) and Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Paradebegan performancesFriday, January 17, 2014, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and opened on February 20, 2014.

One of the most romantic novels ever written is now Broadway’s most irresistible new musical. Four-time Tony® nomineeKelli O’Hara stars with Steven Pasquale in the most romantic musical Broadway has seen in years.  Directed by two-time Tony winner Bartlett Sher, (South Pacific, The Light in the PiazzaThe Bridges of Madison County is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter become a second chance at so much more. 

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), and Jon Weston (sound design). Casting was by Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA, from Telsey + Company.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre, by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visitingtelecharge.com.


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The Bridges of Madison County is the new romantic musical by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning team of Marsha Norman (‘night Mother, The Color Purple) and Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Paradebegan performancesFriday, January 17, 2014, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and opened on February 20, 2014.

One of the most romantic novels ever written is now Broadway’s most irresistible new musical. Four-time Tony® nomineeKelli O’Hara stars with Steven Pasquale in the most romantic musical Broadway has seen in years.  Directed by two-time Tony winner Bartlett Sher, (South Pacific, The Light in the PiazzaThe Bridges of Madison County is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter become a second chance at so much more. 

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), and Jon Weston (sound design). Casting was by Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA, from Telsey + Company.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre, by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visitingtelecharge.com.

“GORGEOUS, POWERFUL and RAPTUROUS!”
New York Magazine

“Kelli O’Hara confirms her position
as one of the most exquisitely expressive stars in Musical Theater.
The New York Times, Ben Brantley

“BRIDGES IS TERRIFIC! When O’Hara and Pasquale sing it’s magic!NPR

“JASON ROBERT BRWON delivers
one of the best Broadway score in the last decade!”

New York Daily News

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