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Roebling suite: Musical celebrates the Brooklyn Bridge

“The Bridge,” a new musical celebrating the construction and legacy of the Brooklyn Bridge, tackles both kinds.

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com
Bridge and tunnel crowd: Actors Billy Hannon and Cindy Marchionda will play historical characters in a musical about the Brooklyn Bridge.  Photo by Jason Speakman

Bridge and tunnel crowd: Actors Billy Hannon and Cindy Marchionda will play historical characters in a musical about the Brooklyn Bridge.
Photo by Jason Speakman

There are literal bridges and there are metaphorical bridges. “The Bridge,” a new musical celebrating the construction and legacy of the Brooklyn Bridge, tackles both kinds.

The production explores the lives of the Roebling family — John Roebling, his son Washington Roebling, and daughter-in-law Emily Warren Roebling — who designed and engineered the bridge, through the eyes of poet Hart Crane, who wrote about them decades later.

“In the play, his poem is being constructed while the bridge is being constructed,” said co-writer Liv Cummins, who wrote the show with her partner Matt Marks. “It is a look at the tight-lipped Victorian world through the eyes of the 1920s crazy jazz age world. It questions time and architecture and form and the value we place on gender roles.”

By all accounts, Emily Warren Roebling was the brains behind most of the bridge construction. She took over as head of engineering after her father-in-law died and her husband became bedridden.

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