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The Stephen Foster Story

J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
+1 502-348-5971
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I have seen the Stephen Foster Story several times. I was a music teacher and would highly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert F
Germantown, Ohio
Wonderful!! Must see!!

We went on a Wednesday evening in July. It was a BEAUTIFUL performance. Top notch. Wonderful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cindy L
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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 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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
+1 502-348-5971
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have seen the Stephen Foster Story several times. I was a music teacher and would highly recommend this to anyone. The singing and the instrumenalist were superior and the acting was flawless. It is a beautiful place to go for a musical. This is...More

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went on a Wednesday evening in July. It was a BEAUTIFUL performance. Top notch. Wonderful music, costumes, stage props - and hospitality. We purchased our tickets at the box office the day we went - early in the morning...but the theater wasn't near full....More

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved visiting this historic town. Will come again sometime. People are so friendly, helpful and it's a clean town as well.

Thank sharonkisby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Stephen Foster Story is a wonderful and entertaining musical providing a great insight into history. I have seen the show many times throughout my life but it never gets old... They do something a little different every year. The music is beautiful and the...More

Thank stephaniemN4160KS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say enough everything was GREAT. We were able to get a military discount on the tickets, even if we wouldn't of got the discount we still would of stayed. Next we went over to the concession, the prices were very reasonable. We got...More

Thank Sue L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable show! Singing, costumes, and energy was great. The Stephen Foster songs sung by the cast brought back many childhood memories.

Thank ChucknJudy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have wanted to go to The Steven Foster Story for over 20 years. We finally made it and loved it. The play is about the American composer Steven Foster and features many of his songs. The play is set in the mid 1800's. The...More

Thank Rodney_Marie_H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All ages of our group enjoyed the play. The costumes are grand and the voices superb. Although not the prime theme, the evils of slavery are mostly not glossed over. It was a great evening with 9 and 11 year olds.

Thank Pam G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must do if you have any interest in live musicals. Comfortable plastic seats with backs in an impressive outdoor theater. Unfortunately it rained cats and dogs all afternoon before the performance we attended. At 7:40pm it was still raining with an 8pm showtime, but...More

Thank RobofTN
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time here and it was amazing! The cast was great and the costumes were beautiful! Really enjoyed the performance.

Thank marykatherine2016
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Carol C
1 July 2017|
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Response from LandlockedCoral | Reviewed this property |
$20 each. Quite a bargain for live musical theater and this was exceptionally well done.
7 June 2016|
Response from Billy B | Property representative |
Hello! The show begins at 8p and lasts approximately two hours, including the intermission. Most performances end between 10p - 10:05p, depending on the size of the crowd. Let me know if you have any other questions!
3 June 2016|
Response from Billy B | Property representative |
Good morning! The show runs select dates this season from June 11th until August 13th. Showtime is 8p, seating opens at 7:15p. We also run a second Broadway-style show beginning in July. For a more detailed schedule that... More