Why See Bright Star?
A Bluegrass Musical
Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, bluegrass musical Bright Star makes its Broadway debut following hugely successful runs in San Diego and Washington. A sweet and winsome show, Bright Star follows a family living in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, and the anxiety they experience when both their landscape and deeply held beliefs began to change. Nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Broadway newcomer Carmen Cusack!
One of the most influential comedians of the past fifty years, Steve Martin has become something of a renaissance man in his later years, adding author, activist and art collector to his huge list of talents. He's also always been a banjo-fanatic, and in 2013 he collaborated with Grammy winning singer songwriter Edie Brickell on the album Love Has Come For You, a partnership that proved so successful that they set about writing a musical together.
What is Bright Star About?
Set in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, the musical skips between 1923 and 1945, as young, aspiring writer Billy returns home from the war. Once settled, he meets the brilliant and melancholy Alice Murphy, editor of The Southern Literary Journal. Together, in this sweeping tale of enduring love, they discover a long-hidden secret, that is sure to change their lives forever.
Previews from: 25 February 2016
Opening night: 24 March 2016
May be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Two hours and 30 minutes
And before you stop reading
Some of the images are taken from the 2015 Washington production
Cast and Creative
Paul Alexander Nolan
Stephen Lee Anderson
Maddie Shea Baldwin
Michael X. Martin
Sarah Jane Shanks
Music, Lyrics & Book by Steve Martin
Music & Lyrics by Edie Brickell
Choreography by Josh Rhodes
Scenic Design by Eugene Lee
Costume Design by Jane Greenwood
Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman
Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg
Musical Supervision by Peter Asher
Musical Direction & Vocal Arrangements by Rob Berman
Orchestrations by August Eriksmoen
2016 Tony Award Nominations
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original (Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell / Lyrics Edie Brickell)
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play - Carmen Cusack
2016 Drama Desk Award Nominations
Outstanding Music - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
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