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Closed June 26, 2016

"The warming sounds of banjos, fiddles and even an accordion are filling the Cort Theater, bringing a fresh breeze from the South to the spring theater season."

The New York Times

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.

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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.

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes

And before you stop reading

Some of the images are taken from the 2015 Washington production

Cast and Creative


Carmen Cusack
Paul Alexander Nolan
Michael Mulheren
A.J. Shively
Hannah Elless
Stephen Bogardus
Dee Hoty
Stephen Lee Anderson
Emily Padgett
Jeff Blumenkrantz
Maddie Shea Baldwin
Allison Briner
Max Chernin
Patrick Cummings
Sandra DeNise
Richard Gatta
Lizzie Klemperer
Michael X. Martin
William Michals
Tony Roach
Sarah Jane Shanks
William Youmans


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 Musical
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
Best Orchestrations

2016 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Music - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

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Kathy: “Storytelling at its best”

Bright Star - a love story; takes place in the South ; blue grass music,... more

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