Monday, May 13

Jenna Russell to lead cast in The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier

Jenna Russell is to star in Trevor Nunn's upcoming production of The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Russell will play Francesca, an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest who meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer on assignment filming bridges in the area.   Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep starred in the 1995 film which was also directed by Eastwood.

Jenna Russell’s extensive theatre credits includes: Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory & Harold Pinter Theatre; Olivier nomination), Sunday in the Park with George (Wyndham’s and Broadway; Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical & Tony nomination), Fun Home (Young Vic); Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville), Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), That Day We Sang (Manchester International Festival), Season’s Greetings (National), Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Amy’s View (Garrick), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly; Olivier nomination), As You Like It, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, Misha’s Party, The Beggars Opera and Wildest Dreams (all RSC), Follies (Shaftesbury), Just So (Tricycle) and Girlfriends (Playhouse).  TV includes: EastEnders, Minder, Born and Bred, Men Only, Peak Practice, Picking Up the Pieces and The Bill.
Russell said: "David Babani [the Menier's artistic director] mentioned the musical to me a couple of years ago, and when we met up in New York last year I told him I couldn't stop thinking about it. So he said 'okay, let's do it. I'm really excited, I love Jason Robert Brown's music and have loved singing it for many years. It's a different kind of singing to what I'm used to but I'm really looking forward to it. This is my third time back at the Menier too – the place is like a home from home. The beauty of the space is the intimacy and with a story like this it puts the spotlight on something really delicate."

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