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Celebrating 60 years -The Stephen Foster Story

Stephen Foster still sings Oh! Susanna as the stage swirls to life around him with tambourines, dancing and colorful costumes. Stephen and Jeanie still fall in love amidst the sweet lyrics of Beautiful Dreamer, and as a member of the audience, you will tear up as the stage erupts with the voices of Stephen and the entire ensemble singing “Weep no more, my lady, Oh! weep no more to-day!”

The Stephen Foster Story—an iconic Kentucky experience and the state’s original outdoor musical—is still being performed in Bardstown as it has been for the past 59 years. This year, the musical faced one of its greatest challenges as costly structural and electrical repairs were required to keep the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheater up to current construction codes. In a show of cooperation, county and state government officials worked together to ensure the future of the beloved show.

The 60-year legacy of The Stephen Foster Story is stitched together with the dedication of thousands of people,” says Johnny Warren, managing artistic director of The Stephen Foster Story. “Countless board members, staff, cast and crew, volunteers, fans and friends have contributed in such a meaningful way to our history.

“Our support community has stepped up in such an incredible way. Our fans spoke out, our elected officials paved a way forward, our donors continued to contribute, and a groundswell of support is propelling The Stephen Foster Drama Association into the next 60 years.”

To find out more about the production, show times and purchase tickets, go to

How can you help?

To donate and show your support for The Stephen Foster Drama Association and the beloved Stephen Foster Story, go to All donations will go directly to the repair of the amphitheater.

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