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The Stephen Foster Story

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We have been coming to see the Stephen Foster story as far back as I can remember. Looking forward... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2019
Dawn B
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My Old Kentucky Home will forever sing in your memory after attending this famous musical!

About an hour southeast of Louisville is the small town of Bardstown, Kentucky. Home to a multitude... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2019
Buckeye_boy_614
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Bexley, Ohio
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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...more
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Reviewed March 13, 2019 via mobile

We have been coming to see the Stephen Foster story as far back as I can remember. Looking forward to seeing the new stage settings on opening night this year. Enjoyed the food and cast members visiting with the people. Bringing friends from Columbus Ohio...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 12, 2019

About an hour southeast of Louisville is the small town of Bardstown, Kentucky. Home to a multitude of bourbon and whiskey distilleries, a fascinating Civil War museum, and some historic buildings, Bardstown is best known for being the site of Kentucky's official outdoor musical, The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Billy B, Public Relations Manager at The Stephen Foster Story, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We can't wait to open our 2019 season on June 8th.

Reviewed January 20, 2019

We saw the last performance of the season and it was AMAZING! Our seats were 7 rows from the stage and was like being there. The music is spectacular and the costumes are brilliantly colored. It's a most enjoyable night of entertainment.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

We saw the show on the 4th of July and it was VERY hot but worth being uncomfortable. Lovely costumes and great entertainment. The fireworks were unbelievable.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

I've always loved and enjoyed attending this show but this year was absolutely one of the best performances I've seen in several years. From the first note to the last, it was absolutely wonderful! It was very obvious that the cast loved the show and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Historical and fun! The singing was great, interwoven with the story of Stephen’s beginnings. I particularly liked the mix of ages of the entertainers. The dresses were beautiful! And for a 2 hour performance, the price was very economical! I would go again.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a gorgeous evening watching this 60 year old production. The costumes are beautiful and the music is thru out the entire show. All ages are in the show. You won’t be disappointed

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vicullman
Reviewed August 6, 2018

If you like Stephen Foster music this is the place for you. If not it is fun to see a live group musical outdoors.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TomBardstownKentucky
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This attraction on Trip Advisor was what prompted me to do a road trip to Kentucky. I thought the cast was good, the set was nice and the outdoor venue was great. Vocall were very good. Costumes were extremely colorful. The only downside, was the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

This was a 2 1/4 hour performance with a cast of about 50 people. They sang approximately 35 songs in conjunction with the 15 scenes that they performed. There are about 1,200 seats in the theatre and I believe that it is a good view...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Laurel R
November 3, 2018|
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Response from Cathy W | Reviewed this property |
This year the shows were June 8th through August 10th. It's an outdoor show, so keep that in mind. The night we went, there was an hour delay due to a rain shower. The rain ended so they didn't have to move the show... More
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Linda G
November 23, 2017|
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Response from Billy B | Property representative |
Hello Linda, The Stephen Foster Story runs each summer select dates June - August. An updated schedule will be posted on the website November 28th at 12pm EST. Hope this helps! Billy B
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doryleeg
November 19, 2017|
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Response from OhioClovergirl | Reviewed this property |
I don't see any problems with the diversity of this musical. Several African American cast members.
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