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The Stephen Foster Story

J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
+1 502-348-5971
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Bardstown
Type: Performances
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... more » 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. « less
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Great production values and highly informative and enjoyable musical, even if Foster's connection to Bardstown is somewhat marginal!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went to see the play and were afraid the rain would cause issues but the show went on without issues. Our seats were close and we enjoyed the play. All the seats seem to be good so you do not have to opt for the premium tickets to see well. There are concessions available if you get hungry. The... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Well done play, excellent singing, colorful costumes excellent theater setting in the woods. Excellent value fort the money

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A must see for all ages. Always a joy to see all the performances at the theatre. All seats are good, just all around good family entertainment.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is a "must see" if you are visiting the area! The show is great and the music is delightful! It is a unique experience to attend an outdoor amphitheater. If you visit on the 4th of July there is a great fireworks show after the performance. Concessions, souvenirs, and clean restrooms. Fun for all ages. Highly recommend.

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Fl.
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23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I once lived in Bardstown and saw the first show years ago. Everytime I return for a visit I enjoy it again. The last time was with 21 people and we all loved the show. We had perfect seats and the night was beautiful. It seems the story line has changed somewhat through the years but the excellent music and... More

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great musicians making great music. I really enjoyed the musical for entertainment. I was surprised, however, to discover later when I went to the park that the play had taken great license with the true story of Steven Foster. There is actually great doubt that he ever even traveled to Kentucky, but it has been making a great business for... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Performance was good, although the story line seems different than I recall. My entire family thought the sound was terrible, real lack of volume, we had to strain to hear every word. I didnt enjoy parts of the story line as I said, it seemed different. The costumes and back drops were good. Dancing and singing were good. Overall, I... More

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Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Enjoyed the evening with family members on an outing to see the Stephen Foster Story. The setting was very pretty and peaceful outdoor under the stars with night sounds all around. The musical was great and learned some history.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

A great outdoor setting, great songs, huge cast, every was perfect including the weather. Two million plus people have seen this long running play and that should tell you something. Go and have a great time and get there early and enjoy the home and tour the park. Very professionally done.

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