Bright Star, the new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is on Broadway after successful runs at the Kennedy Center and the Old Globe in San Diego. Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It tells the story of Billy Cane, a young soldier who’s returned home from World War II, and Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. They meet and together discover a powerful secret that changes their lives.
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Run Information:Preview: Mar. 7, 2016 Open: Mar. 31, 2016 Closing: June 26, 2016
- Old Globe Production of Bright Star
CAST:Alice Carmen Cusack Billy A.J. Shively Mayor Josiah Dobbs Michael Mulheren Jimmy Ray Dobbs Paul Alexander Nolan Margo Crawford Hannah Elless Daddy Cane Stephen Bogardus Mama Murphy Dee Hoty Daddy Murphy Stephen Lee Anderson Lucy Grant Emily Padgett Darryl Ames Jeff Blumenkrantz
CREATIVE STAFF:Music Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Lyrics Edie Brickell Book Steve Martin Director Walter Bobbie Choreographer Josh Rhodes Set Designer Eugene Lee Costume Designer Jane Greenwood Lighting Designer Japhy Weideman Sound Designer Nevin Steinberg
In the new musical Bright Star, the story of two people who discover a secret that will forever alter their lives, creators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell offer audiences a unique story. Martin and Brickell both composed the music, while Martin also wrote the book and Brickell the lyrics.
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- The show stars Carmen Cusack in her Broadway debut as Alice, and A.J. Shively as Billy. The two reprise their leading roles from the Kennedy Center and San Diego’s Old Globe engagements. Cusack has appeared in the West End in Les Miserables and The Secret Garden and in Carrie off-Broadway. She also played Elphaba in the national tour and Australian productions of Wicked. Shively made his Broadway debut in the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles.