BRIGHT STAR Original Broadway Cast Recording in Stores Today
Ghostlight Records has released the original cast recording of Bright Star, the new musical from Grammy and Emmy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell online and in stores today, Friday, May 27.
It has been available in digital formats since Friday, April 29. Bright Star" is nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and "Best Original Score," and seven Drama Desk Awards, as well as winning "Outstanding New Broadway Musical" by the Outer Critics Circle. The album is produced by the legendary, multi-Grammy Award-winning producer, manager, and musician Peter Asher. The booklet features full lyrics, show photos, liner notes from Martin, Brickell and Asher, in addition to a synopsis and essay by Bill Rosenfield. To order the album, please visit http://www.sh-k-boom.com/bright-star-original-broadway-cast-recording.
When Bright Star opened on Broadway earlier this season, Entertainment Weekly raved "it's Martin and Brickell's music that's the brightest star" and praised the musical's "stirring ballads and toe-tapping numbers." The Washington Post called the show "an Appalachian fairy tale, embroidered by a bluegrass score that chirps with down-home sweetness." According to Newsday, "the score builds with rhythmic surprises, melodic complexity and the deep satisfaction of humming and plucking strings."
Carmen Cusack makes her Broadway debut as Alice, a role she originated in Bright Star's world premiere production in San Diego, and is joined by co-stars Paul Alexander Nolan, Tony Award nominee Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz, along with Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner-Dardenne, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks and William Youmans.
Inspired by a real event, this "unabashedly romantic" (The New York Times) original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past - and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.
The design team for Bright Star includes Tony and Emmy Award winner Eugene Lee (Scenic Design), Tony Award winner Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), Tom Watson (Hair and Wig Design), Grammy Award winner Peter Asher (Music Supervision), Rob Berman (Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements), August Eriksmoen (Orchestrations), and Howie Cherpakov (Casting).
Bright Star is produced on Broadway by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Zebulon LLC, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Len Blavatnik, Carson & Joseph Gleberman, James L. Nederlander, Balboa Park Productions, in association with NETWorks Presentations LLC, Rodger Hess, A.C. Orange International, Broadway Across America, Sally Jacobs & Warren Baker, Exeter Capital, Agnes Gund, True Love Productions, and The Old Globe.
Tickets for Bright Star ($45 - $145) are available by visiting the Cort Theatre box office Monday - Saturday, 10am - 8pm; online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 800-447-7400. For groups of 10 or more, call 1-800-BROADWAY, ext. 2.
The performance schedule for Bright Star is as follows: Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 8pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.
A workshop production of Bright Star was presented by New York Stage and Film & Vassar at the Powerhouse Theater in the summer of 2013, and the show had its World Premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA (Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director; Michael G. Murphy, Managing Director) on September 28, 2014.
"BRIGHT STAR" TRACK LIST
1) If You Knew My Story
2) She's Gone
3) Bright Star
4) Way Back In The Day
5) Whoa, Mama
6) Firmer Hand / Do Right
7) A Man's Gotta Do
9) What Could Be Better
10) I Can't Wait
11) Please, Don't Take Him
12) A Man's Gotta Do (Reprise)
14) Sun Is Gonna Shine
16) Another Round
17) I Had A Vision
18) Always Will
19) So Familiar
20) At Long Last
22) Bright Star (Reprise)
23) Sun Is Gonna Shine (Single Version) [Bonus Track]
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