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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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A Hit, Not to be Missed, Sit Back and Enjoy

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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Memphis TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the show once I got there. The indoor show is not at the Amphitheatre-----it is at the local high school. However, you have to get the tickets at the Amphitheatre. This was not clear on the websight or the flyer I picked up at a reststop, so I did not know I needed to arrive in time to... More 

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I have attended the outdoor musicals for the past ten years at the park. This year I attended the musical All Shook Up thinking this was going to be a family event as in the past. I was totally wrong this year, All Shook Up hit on about every social issue you could have thought on in a short length... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This musical is a little tired, but I won't give it a bad review for that reason. I still liked my experience enough to encourage others to go. In fact a bigger audience might improve the performance, it's really hard to deliver top notch to a quarter full auditorium. I love this music, but felt a little short-changed to get... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Easily the #1 thing to do in Bardstown. Dress casually, spend some time walking on Federal Hill before the show, and then relax and watch a very entertaining, professionally done, Stephen Foster Story live performance. Costuming was great, music and choreography perfect. What a way to end our last of three days on the Bourbon Trail!

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NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We saw this show 25 years ago. We were anxious to see it, but a little concerned that something could have changed. It hadn't. It was still a marvelous show, with lots of history, lots of entertainment and lots of charm. We took the behind the scenes tour and learned so much. In fact, we liked it so much, we... More 

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Alexandria, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We were there on July 4th, so we got the cupcake and fireworks as well as a very good show. Show was excellent. Actors friendly before and after show interacting with crowd. The setting for an outdoor show very picturesque. Good show and well worth the time. Something to note, a little buggy at dusk (black gnats) but they went... More 

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New Albany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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

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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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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