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The Stephen Foster Story

Address: J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone Number: +1 502-348-5971
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Ranked #3 of 7 Activities in Bardstown
Type: Performances, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: The Stephen Foster Story is a broadway-style show about the life of America's first composer...
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Type: Performances, Theater & Concerts
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Bardstown, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Remarkable story during a difficult time in the history of our country played out through song and dance you will jot soon forget. 4th of July especially festive as it is Stephen Foster's Birthday. The old fashioned picnic, the drama presentation, culminating in a magnificent firework display, is a fantastic way to celebrate!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My wife and I ate at Bardstowns newest restaurant, Harrison Smith House, and then visited My Old Kentucky Home State Park and went and watched the Stephen Foster Story. I grew up in Bardstown, but it was great to see these places again and walk the grounds of MOKH, which have been renovated and look great. The Stephen Foster story... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Show is a must see in Bardstown! Great atmosphere! Exceeded our expectations. We debated going, but are so glad we did.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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395 reviews 395 reviews
214 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You can't visit Bardstown and not go to see the story. The actors are wonderful and the effort they put into the performance is remarkable. The setting is very excellent and the music and singing are spirited and very enjoyable. It is very nicely done.

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Maineville, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

very personable staff. The show could be shorter and the second half is much better than the first half in terms of staging/effects/interest. not a true story of Stephen Foster but a great representation of his musical hallmark. Like the outdoor drama setting. Show has been part of Bardstown for generations; glad to see it lasting. Would go again.

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Austin, Texas, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I'm a Stephen Foster enthusiast; I have loved his music since my childhood. So, my sweetie bought tickets to this show for my birthday. The singing was wonderful and the actors were energetic and funny, and seemed to be having a great time. We were both moved by the performance and agreed we'd like to return next season. I saw... More 

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Frankfort, IL
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34 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Interesting in that they have performed this play for over 50 years. the costumes were nice and the actors decent. But it was a bit long given that so many of the tunes were so out of date. It was enjoyable hearing the standards, but the play could have been cut by half hour and would have been more enjoyable.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Since my kids are older, I hesitated to buy tickets for this performance as they have gotten much pickier over the years. I decided to go ahead with the ticket purchase and am glad I did. The show was very professionally staged, costumes were beautiful and singers all exceptionally talented. I can't imagine going near Bardstown and not stopping in... More 

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Shanghai, China
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My family has passed through the Louisville area several times, but have never ventured far from that little city. The 50 minute drive to Bardstown for the Stephen Foster Story is the best decision we have made in the area. The amphitheater is in a state park far enough from larger city lights that one look up during the show... More 

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Billy B, Public Relations Manager at The Stephen Foster Story, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your review of The Stephen Foster Story! We are thrilled that you and your family had such a wonderful time in Bardstown under the stars. I would like to ask permission to use this review on our website if that would be okay with you? We love to show audience reactions, and yours would... More 

Lawrenceburg, Indiana
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have been to many outdoor dramas (Unto These Hills, The Lost Colony, Tecumseh, & Blue Jacket). This one was much more of a musical than a historical account as the other ones were because of course, it was about the songwriter Stephen Foster. The costumes and production itself was first rate with a wonderful set of very talented performers... More 

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