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The Stephen Foster Story

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Address: J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone Number: +1 502-348-5971
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The Stephen Foster Story is a broadway-style show about the life of...
The Stephen Foster Story is a broadway-style show about the life of America's first composer, Stephen Collins Foster. The performance takes place in My Old Kentucky Home State Park at the J. Dan Talbot Amphitheatre. The grounds on which the theatre lies once belonged to the Rowan family, who were cousins of Stephen Foster, and is home to Federal Hill, the plantation house that inspired the state song. Some of Foster's biggest hits such as Oh Susannah, Camptown Races, Suwannee River, & My Old Kentucky Home help to tell the tale of his struggle to become the first true composer this country knows, and also to find love among the hardships.
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Great setting for a great piece of history!

Although the performance I attended was cut short by threatening weather, it was still a wonderful night and a great story. A nice dinner in downtown Bardstown began the evening... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Although the performance I attended was cut short by threatening weather, it was still a wonderful night and a great story. A nice dinner in downtown Bardstown began the evening and topping it off with this long running musical was a great way to end the evening. The performers were friendly and the staff was very accommodating and hospitable. A... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great outdoor venue (acoustically very well balanced, and good work was done by the sound engineers during the performance) where pretty much every seat is a good one. Very friendly, outgoing performers came around pre-performance and chatted with the audience. The singing was excellent, along with very good choreography. I'm sure S.F. himself would be proud of this show!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

A great evening of entertainment under the stars. Excellent cast and performances, though maybe too much time was spent on songs not familiar to the general public. The facility is aging and deserves up dating.

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LaGrange, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

This was our first trip to Bardstown in quite awhile. We decided that the weather was perfect for an open air amphitheater performabce for the Steven Foster Story and we were spit on. We arrived 2 hours and happy we did so. I purchased our tickets at the box office and we got perfe t seats. During the purchase we... More 

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Radcliff, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The musical is first-rate with excellent talent! Every one was so friendly! The weather even cooperated! We had seats toward the front and were really impressed with the professionalism of the cast and crew, since we LOVE live theater! From the music to the sets and gorgeous costumes, don't miss this! Make time in your summer schedule to see this!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The Stephen Foster story was a great show! The music and acting was very entertaining and the outside venue was very fun! I highly recommend seeing this show with the whole family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This musical is fun and appropriate for all ages! It discusses racism and slavery as it progresses through a basic biography of Steven Foster using his own compositions and more recently correographed dances. The venue is beautiful. It stormed so we all went to the local high school, very close by, and enjoyed the show there. I highly recommend this... More 

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Galloway, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A beautifully done outdoor musical in a wooded area of the park. The seating was comfortable and the view of the play was excellent.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The singers were fabulous, the songs brought back wonderful memories, and the love story was endearing. This is truly a Bardstown "gem" and something not to be missed while in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Loved the music by Stephen Foster like "Beautiful Dreamer", "Camptown Races", and many more and the story centered around the life and music of Stephen Foster. I also liked the colorful attire worn by the cast. Professionally presented, it will be an evening I will remember with fond memories for a long time under the stars in the outdoor amphitheater.... More 

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Address: Address: J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone Number: +1 502-348-5971
Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Bardstown
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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