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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 days ago NEW

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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Thank norabean
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Waynesburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Church group attended this lively production in the outdoor theatre setting. We had a group of 14 adults and 6 children. Our seats were rows 3-4 from the front center section . The music and main performers were outstanding with beautiful voices . Then entire performance was entertaining and did not disappoint. The story line had added a musical routine... More 

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Thank glenda w
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love theater. I love the music written by Stephen Foster. This is an excellent combination. The wardrobe was beautiful and they cast was great. A word of caution this is an outdoor amphitheater, so pay attention to the weather. However, I would recommend this venue no matter what show is playing.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Stephen Foster Story is a fun evening of history and song, the life of Stephen Foster set to his music under the stars in a state park. A perfect end to a day of distillery tours, antique shopping, and taking in the history of this beautiful area. And a bargain at about $20 a ticket.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The musical was so awesome. This is a time honored tradition in KY. If you ever visit the area it is worth the time to see this play in the amphitheater.

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Goshen, KY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review is "only" for the Wizard of Oz presentation: Main cast was excellent. The children were a plus! And outside of the addition of the Jitterbug scene, the play was true to what is a wonderful story. If more effort could be made to improve the scenery used and the special effects and I would give it a 5.... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outdoor setting is fantastic. The music and sets make this a very enjoyable evening. Either a couples or family outing is an excellent choice. Combine this with visiting the attractions around Bardstown, and this makes a wonderful get a way.

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Sellersburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is for the matinee at Bardstown High School. We had a Groupon for the show and it was the only time we could attend. While we would love to visit the amphitheater, it was nice to be indoors in the air conditioning. The performance was fantastic and the performers were professional. It really brought an ambiance of 1800s... More 

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