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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 09:00 - 16:00
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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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Stephen Foster on 4th of July

I'm not big on plays, but after moving to Bardstown, decided to see it. We went around 4th of July. They had a bouncy house and a few other small activities for little kids that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
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Bardstown, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I'm not big on plays, but after moving to Bardstown, decided to see it. We went around 4th of July. They had a bouncy house and a few other small activities for little kids that was nice, prior to the show. It was a long time to sit out in the heat. I suggest bringing a hand fan. The play... More 

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Zumbrota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

My husband and I were a little hesitant about going to a theatre production put on by nonprofessionals but we didn't need to worry -- the production is great! It came across as though it was professionally done and it was presented in a nice amphitheater in a lovely park. The acting, singing, lights, sound, choreography, and costumes were remarkable,... More 

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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I have gone to 2 concerts this summer and both times had front row seats. Both times people stood up in front of us and we could not see anything. not worth it. will not be going back.

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Billy B, Public Relations Manager at The Stephen Foster Story, responded to this review

Hello Peachkathy, We want to apologize for the negative experience you had with us this summer. We strive to provide entertainment that can be enjoyed by all of our audience members, and clearly we have let you down. Unfortunately it sounds like our box office attendants did not warn you about the potential of dancers in the grass, which can... More 

Bardstown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a beautiful entertaining play that is a joy to watch. The music is wonderful and the costumes are perfect

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We just happened to hear about this play from a local, and we are so glad we did. We drove from the Corvette Museum, checked into our bed and breakfast in Bloomfield and then headed to Bardstown to eat dinner and enjoy the play. It had rained most of the day, but it conveniently stopped an hour before the play... More 

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Sharon, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We saw the Stephen Foster Story when I was a young child 45-50 years ago and it is still just as much fun today as it was back then.

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Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

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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