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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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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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A Fubulous Outdoor Summer Musical

This is a charming & colorful musical about the life of Stephen Foster. It will lift your spirit and make you so happy for many hours following concert.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Sunshine S
Marion, Ky
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Marion, Ky
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a charming & colorful musical about the life of Stephen Foster. It will lift your spirit and make you so happy for many hours following concert.

Thank Sunshine S
Bardstown, Kentucky
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

It's a beautiful outdoor setting, great sound, and a good story, especially if you want to know a little of the history of KY's state song. The costumes are bright and beautiful and my wife loved seeing them. Keep in mind that you may need bug spray as it is outside, and it might be a little warm, depending on... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The amphitheater where this show is held is a beautiful setting for a show. The production itself is on a level between community theater and professional shows. It was entertaining and kind of shmaltzy, but it wouldn't be on my "can't miss" list if you're time is limited. The best thing about this production is the gorgeous costuming. The worst... More 

Thank JJP1952
Bardstown, Kentucky
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Outside entertaining under the beautiful night sky. Can be alittle warm but the show it self is great. Its long but a must see. The costumes and musical acts was very entertaining. It is well worth the trip and time. Wish they would make it a dinner show.

Thank Darlene B
Abilene, Texas
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

My sister and I attended The Stephen Foster Story in their outdoor amphitheater. The actors were outstanding. I am not into musicals but would happily see this one again. The performers were amazing and very talented. It was a fun and informative evening!

1 Thank Connie A
Amelia, Ohio
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

4th time seeing the play and it's still new. Loved the costumes and the talent is fabulous. What a wonderful attraction to see.

Thank karen g
Gilbertsville, Kentucky
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We went here with a church group last night. The weather was perfect! We were in the 6th row, center, but there are no bad seats. An excellent performance! We enjoyed the amazing costumes, choreography, sets, and singing. 2 things keeping me from giving it an overall "excellent" rating, and it had nothing to do with the performance itself. First,... More 

3 Thank kmrinky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I was very disappointed in the content of this musical. I was expecting to hear Elvis music. I was not expecting the content to be about controversial issues. I would not have taken my children and my niece there if I had known they would have someone else's point of view pushed on them at this play. I am very... More 

2 Thank Mvincent7
Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Set in an open air theater adjacent to the home that inspired "My Old Kentucky Home," this musical play features the life and songs of Stephen Foster. Well done. Beautiful setting. Gorgeous costuming.

1 Thank ga2rguy
Saint Charles, Illinois
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128 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We went for both nights, the Stephen Foster Story and All Shook Up. Stephen Foster was a little bit better, but both performances were worth the time. If you buy both performances, there is a savings on the second. We were camping in the state park, and they even sent a bus to pick up us. What service. The refreshments... More 

1 Thank Eric M

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