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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
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+1 502-348-5971
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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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... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2016
steve r
Dallas, Georgia
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Dallas, Georgia
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

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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Reviewed August 3, 2016

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 

Thank Don M
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Reviewed July 30, 2016

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 

Thank Janis C
Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed July 27, 2016

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 

Thank Kycoffeeman
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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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 

Thank landlover7779
Waynesburg, Kentucky
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Reviewed July 15, 2016

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 

Thank glenda w
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Reviewed July 14, 2016 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.

Thank Rebecca M
Naples, Florida
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

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.

Thank Rob C
Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

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.

Thank Carol S

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