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Closed July 1, 2018

Overflowing with charm, crackling with wit and containing just the right amount of vinegar, Cusack entrances as much with her vocal beauty as with her pungent smart talk.

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Why See Bright Star?

Steve Martin's BLUEGRASS MUSICAL

The sweet Bluegrass musical which captured Broadway's heart heads out on tour. Written by comedian Steve Martin and multi-Grammy Award-winning songwriter Edie Brickell, Bright Star is a winsome delight of a show, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Its story centers on a romance between a war veteran and a newspaper editor, who witness their community's long held traditions giving way to modernity. Bursting with fiddles and banjos, Bright Star may have a gentler pace than Broadway's usual blockbusters, but it packs just as powerful a punch.

Bright Star debuted on Broadway in 2016, following try-outs in Washington and San Diego. Praised for its honeyed score, it picked up six Tony Award nominations, including Best Book and Best Original Score.

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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Dates

Opening night: 26 June 2018

Audience

May be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes

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Images are taken from the Broadway production

Cast and Creative

Cast

Audrey Cardwell as Alice Murphy
David Atkinson as Daddy Cane
Jeff Austin as Mayor Josiah Dobbs
Jeff Blumenkrantz as Daryl Ames
Allison Briner-Dardennne as Mama Murphy
Patrick Cummings as Jimmy Ray Dobbs
Kaitlyn Davidson as Lucy Grant
Henry Gottfried as Billy Cane
Liana Hunt as Margo Crawford 
John Leslie Wolfe as Daddy Murphy 

Ensemble

Devin Archer, Kelly Baker, Hayden Clifton, Cody Davis, Robin De Lano, David Kirk Grant, Donna Louden, Kevin McMahon, Mary Page Nance, Alessa Neeck, Robert Pieranunzi and Michael Starr

Creative

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

Awards

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

What you thought

6 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)

4.5 star rating

L. Bradley: “All the emotions ”

What a fabulous show! Had no idea what the plot was only that it was... more

Holly: “Fabulous, Touching Show”

Saw this on Broadway and loved it! We didn't know much about the plot,... more

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