In collaboration with our friends at West Des Moines Parks and Recreation, TTC will be producing TWO outdoor theatrical concert events this Summer at the new Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines!
No tickets are needed for this event. Free-will donation, with a suggested donation of $20. See our FAQ section below for more details.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Concert Version
The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson.The Bridges of Madison County is a musical, based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel, with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown.
Directed by Megan Helmers and Music Direction by Francine Griffith
Performances: Friday, June 25 @ 7:00pm and Saturday, June 26 @ 1:00pm
- Francesca: Renee Davenport
- Richard “Bud” Johnson: Jonathan deLima
- Robert Kincaid: Charlie Reese
- Marge: Ann Cravero
- Charlie: Eric Olson
- Carolyn: Bailey Dorr
- Michael: Will Johnson
- Marian: Ashley Schaeffer
- Anthony Cravero
- Haley Gibbons
- Jennifer Throckmorton
- Evie Tucker
The Bridges of Madison County is presented with special arrangement by Musical Theater International (MTI).
Bridges FAQ Guide
Where is the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater?
The Jamie Hurd Amphitheater is located at 4100 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Where should I park?
Parking is located at City Hall. Please do not park in the West Des Moines Library parking lot.
Are there “reserved” seats?
There is no reserved seating for this production.
What kind of “seating” is offered at the amphitheater?
This is an open-air amphitheater with no seats. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
Can I bring food, beverages?
Yes! Picnics are encouraged. All beverages must be in non-glass containers.
Can I bring adult beverages?
Wine and beer are allowed as long as it is in non-glass containers.
What is a “Concert Version?”
Concert Versions of musicals are typically trimmed down versions of the original. The Bridges of Madison County: Concert Version will be presented in its entirety – all of the script, all of the music – presented in a concert version with no scenery, minimal costumes and staging, and accompanied by an orchestra.
Is The Bridges of Madison County: Concert Version kid/family friendly?
The Bridges of Madison County: Concert Version carries a PG-13 rating.
How long is the production?
Anticipated run time for this production is 2 ½ hours, with one intermission.
If this is a “Free Will Donation” event, do I need a ticket?
An actual ticket is not needed. However, we are encouraging audience members to go online and make a donation in advance of the event. Suggested donation is $20 per person. All proceeds will go to our New Home Project construction costs. You can make your Tax-Deductible donation here: Click here to donate or you can donate at the gate day of performance.
How can I get more information about Tallgrass Theatre Company and the New Home Project?
Visit Tallgrasstheatre.org to learn more about Tallgrass and our New Home Project. We will have volunteers available to answer your questions at the performances. Or, if you’d like to see for yourself, we are hosting an Open House at our New Home after the Saturday performance from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.
Potential Weather Impacts
Due to the nature of an outdoor event, inclement weather can impact our productions. If there is a need to adjust either performance due to weather, Tallgrass will announce through email and social media the need to move to June 30th at 7:00PM as an alternative performance.
AN EVENING OF SONDHEIM: A Musical Theatre Cabaret
For one night only, hear selections from one of America’s greatest lyricists and composers, Stephen Sondheim. Enjoy songs from musicals such as “Company”, “Into the Woods”, “Sweeney Todd” and MORE, as local musical theatre artists bring you some of our favorites in an evening of cabaret performances.
Music Direction by Charissa Hamel.
Performance: Saturday, July 17 @ 7:00pm
We can officially announce that Tallgrass is returning to LIVE performances!