Theatre: “Bridges of Madison County” is based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller and stars the amazing-voiced Kelli OHara and the hunky Stephen Pasquale as the ill-fated lovers. They had four days that most of us do not get, but would wish for. Francesca’s most memorable line, “I don’t know where you came from. Maybe you were sent to me by the patron saint of Iowa housewives.”
Given the steamy scenes and the chemistry between these two, a beautiful song by a Joni Mitchell clone, a lovely score by Jason Robert Brown, and a solid standing ovation, this show seems to be set for a lengthy run. Schoenfeld Theatre, 235 W. Broadway, info: bridgesofmadisoncountymusical.com
Folk: The first Woody Guthrie prize awarded posthumously was to Pete Seeger. The award was presented to Kitama Tao Rodriguez, Pete Seeger’s grandson, at a sold out evening at Symphony Space in NYC. It featured son Arlo Guthrie and a surprise appearance by Steve Martin, who is quite a banjo picker himself.
The event was sponsored by the Grammy Museum in L.A. (The Woody Guthrie Museum is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.) The official prize to the artist who best represents the work of Woody Guthrie and serves as a positive resource for social change will be an annual event, with location to be determined.
Special Event: The NY Times Travel show: Attention arm chair travelers. Whether you are planning to go or just wish your way around the world, this show is the stuff that dreams are made of!
Let your eyes drink in the beauty of the lush Caribbean, the mountains and warm climate of Hawaii, the mysteries of the exotic Far East, or a fabulous African safaris to put the NY chills out of your mind.
There is truly something for everyone. Tickets aren’t bad at $17/day and children under 18 are free. March 1-2 at Javits Center 655 W. 34th St., nyttravelshow.com
Jazz: Renee Rosnes: Rosnes is an incredibly versatile jazz pianist with an especially talented jazz quartet featuring Steve Nelson, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash. They appear at NYC’s loveliest jazz clubs, where you can look forward to great ambiance as well as outstanding musicians.
Rosnes has an impressive knowledge of jazz repertoire, yet she is creative as she has developed her own unique style. She travels a lot, so keep your eyes open if she comes to your area. info: reneerosnes.com
Final tip: Dress warmly and keep remembering-only 3 more weeks of winter!