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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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A awesome play

It is an outdoor play. Kept my attention the whole time. Would definitely recommend it. For people... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
Jill F
Corbin, Kentucky
Unique evening

We were visiting Bardstown and decided to go to the Stephen Foster Story the last weekend of its... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Asheville, North Carolina
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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.
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  • 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 1 September 2017

It is an outdoor play. Kept my attention the whole time. Would definitely recommend it. For people of all ages.

Thank Jill F
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were visiting Bardstown and decided to go to the Stephen Foster Story the last weekend of its 2017 season, on the recommendation of a local business owner. We enjoyed the show, very well done and excellent cast. We are a musical family and are...More

Thank RosieJC
Reviewed 11 August 2017

It was 10 years the last time we were here for a show. This is the 59th year of the Stephen Foster Story production. This years for some reason seemed to be a step above the other time we have attended. As this was the...More

Thank Richard J
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The Beauty and the beast was so wonderful the Drama put on a great show the cast did an awesome job.

Thank patriciadL1741GD
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Due to a big rain storm, they had to move it indoors which was kind of disappointing as we were looking forward to sitting outside. However, the performance was still amazing. Such a talented group made for a great evening and as any Kentuckian would...More

Thank Jonathan K
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Saw this production for thecsrcond time and loved it as much as the first time. The play, the music, the sets, the seating...all great. Go.

Thank pprff
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful! Costumes and singing we're spectacular. We had good seats and great weather. So worth the experience of an outdoor theatre performance!

Thank Penikay
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Enjoyed the town and the play, it was fun and well done. lacking on good directions go the high school and where at the school the play was actually being held

Thank anniebyron944
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We recently visited here with a group. We seen Beauty and the Beast and it was a wonderful performance. The cast and crew did a spectacular job and we were all pleasantly surprised at their performance. Defiantly a must see when in Bardstown.

Thank Lungbuster
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The Stephen Foster story was a wonderful evening of fun for our girlfriend trip! The actors and actresses were fabulous. Being from Kentucky it was a great way to reconnect with some of our history in musical way. I will be coming back and bringing...More

Thank GtownGirLori
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Linda G
24 November 2017|
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
20 November 2017|
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Response from Shannon M | Reviewed this property |
The more questionable parts have been removed from the program over the years.
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.