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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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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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The Stephen Foster Story has been running every Summer for over 50 years in the amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. This broadway-style musical tells the story of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
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Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Stephen Foster Story has been running every Summer for over 50 years in the amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. This broadway-style musical tells the story of Stephen Foster and his struggle to become a famous composer. The show only runs June to August. A fun night for the whole family!

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Mt. Bethel, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the show very much. It is held outside, the night we were there is was so hot and humid, but as they say in show business, the show must go on, and it did. As the actors/actress danced and sang throughout the show in the most beautiful and I think hot costumes, they never showed that the heat was... More 

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bloomfield, ky.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the Wizard of Oz, an alternative to The Stephen Foster Story and experienced our childhood all over again. Even though we had seen this story on movies and television many times, seeing it portrayed through real life actors was great. The music, costumes and settings were very well done. The ambience of the outdoor theatre adds to a... More 

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Rome, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day had been hot and steamy and we wondered about this outdoor show. If it rains they decide close to show time whether to move it to a nearby high school auditorium. We went by the afternoon of the show to pick up tickets for that evening. The venue has a lot of seating. There was a big rain... More 

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Dallas, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of those things, you do for your wife so you can do what you want next. I have to say, its well worth going to, I enjoyed it a lot. We did Saturday at 2 PM in the High School and in A. C., even the singers said they enjoy the A. C.

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very entertaining show. The cast this year is fabulous. It was a Tuesday night performance and the crowd was small but the smiles were big on both the actors and the audience. This thing should be sold out every night. They serve premium bourbon and beer at very reasonable prices. A must see for couples and families.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Years ago, my in-laws went to Bardstown and came home talking about this wonderful production. Until we actually got into town, we really didn't know whether to go see it or not. So glad we did! What a piece of American history! They treat a delicate subject (slavery) with dignity and respect, while not pulling punches about how it was... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was born and raised just the next county over so I dont know why I have never been to see the Stephen Foster story. We were delightfully surprised with this musical as it focused on characters and costuming instead of high tech lighting and extravagant sets. The play highlights the life of Stephen Foster and has plenty of the... More 

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Knoxville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our senior adult group attended the Stephen Foster Story recently. We enjoyed the presentation very much. There was a thunderstorm just before we went in to see the play - the ushers wiped off the seats and made sure everyone was comfortable. Another storm came through and we had to leave before the play ended -the staff helped everyone exit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Our entire family (14 of us, including grandparents, kids, and teens), really enjoyed the show. The singing was really great and the actors were well trained. We ended up getting rained on right at intermission and they sent everyone to the local high school for the second act. It was a very easy transition from outdoor to indoor venues. The... More 

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