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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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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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Relaxing, enjoyable way to spend an evening

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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London, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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Bardstown, Kentucky
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I may be a little bias about this one but I did work here for the House Staff for 5 years and have seen the shows I don't know how many thousand times! It's a nice story and has good music and acting. I see the show at least once per year. The side shows they have every year are... More 

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Richmond, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Took my grandsons to see this and it was amazing. The costumes were lovely and the performers talented.A beautiful presentation. You will want to see this.

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

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
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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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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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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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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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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