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BWW TV: Looking Back at BRIGHT STAR's Opening Night! Photo BWW TV: Looking Back at BRIGHT STAR's Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 14, 2019

The sun is gonna shine today because its the birthday of the legendary actor and comedian Steve Martin! In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at his Tony-nominated musical Bright Star that he wrote the score for with Edie Brickell. Get a peek inside the show's opening night with Martin and Brickell alongside cast members including Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, and more! Check out the full video!

BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL Enchants at The Merry - Go- Round Playhouse Photo BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL Enchants at The Merry - Go- Round Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - Jul 15, 2019

The Merry a?" Go a?" Round Playhouse is now enchanting audiences with a breathtaking production of Grand Hotel the Musical. Director Brett Smock's productions often are memorable and this one is no exception. With the lavish set, spot on casting, and impressive choreography this production is one of the top productions I've seen presented at The Merry - Go a?" Round Playhouse.

Photo Flash: GRAND HOTEL Opens At The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Photo Photo Flash: GRAND HOTEL Opens At The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 10, 2019

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (FLMTF) opens its second production this season, the song and dance spectacular, Grand Hotel. The show runs July 10 through July 31 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park.

FLMTF Announces Cast Of GRAND HOTEL Photo FLMTF Announces Cast Of GRAND HOTEL
by Julie Musbach - Jun 26, 2019

Opening on July 10th at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (FLMTF) is the song and dance spectacular, Grand Hotel. The show runs through July 31 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park.

Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of FIERCELY INDEPENDENT at Soho Playhouse Photo Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of FIERCELY INDEPENDENT at Soho Playhouse
by Walter McBride - Feb 13, 2019

FIERCELY INDEPENDENT - a new play by Tony winner Kathleen K. Johnson - will be given its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam St. in Manhattan), with preview performances beginning March 1 prior to an official press opening March 6.   FIERCELY INDEPENDENT will play a five-week limited engagement through April 7, it has been announced by producer Michael Guccione. 

Kathleen K. Johnson's FIERCELY INDEPENDENT Set For SoHo Playhouse Photo Kathleen K. Johnson's FIERCELY INDEPENDENT Set For SoHo Playhouse
by Julie Musbach - Feb 5, 2019

FIERCELY INDEPENDENT - a new play by Tony winner Kathleen K. Johnson - will be given its world premiere Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam St. in Manhattan), with preview performances beginning March 1 prior to an official press opening March 6.   FIERCELY INDEPENDENT will play a five-week limited engagement through April 7, it has been announced by producer Michael Guccione. 

BWW Review: HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Brings Paris to Moonlight Stage Photo BWW Review: HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Brings Paris to Moonlight Stage
by E.H. Reiter - Aug 20, 2018

Moonlight Stage Productions invites you to spend a summer evening in 15th century Paris, with their production of HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Who doesn't want to go to Paris in the summer?

Photo Flash: Moonlight Stage Productions Presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Photo Photo Flash: Moonlight Stage Productions Presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 15, 2018

Moonlight Stage Productions presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the epic musical retelling of Victor Hugo's novel about love, passion, and hope.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Comes to The Moonlight Photo THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Comes to The Moonlight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2018

Moonlight Stage Productions presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the epic musical retelling of Victor Hugo's novel about love, passion, and hope. Performances are August 15 through September 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. The third production of Moonlight's 38th summer season will feature a company of nearly 60 with actors, an onstage choir, and live orchestra in the pit making for an emotionally charged theatre experience. Tickets range in price $17-$57 and are on sale now through VisTix at (760) 724-2110 and online at moonlightstage.com.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Comes to The Moonlight Photo THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Comes to The Moonlight
by Stephi Wild - Jul 31, 2018

Moonlight Stage Productions presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the epic musical retelling of Victor Hugo's novel about love, passion, and hope. Performances are August 15 through September 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. The third production of Moonlight's 38th summer season will feature a company of nearly 60 with actors, an onstage choir, and live orchestra in the pit making for an emotionally charged theatre experience. Tickets range in price $17-$57 and are on sale now through VisTix at (760) 724-2110 and online at moonlightstage.com.

BWW Review: Long Sufferings Redeemed by Pure Longings ‚Ä" and Bluegrass Music ‚Ä" in  Photo BWW Review: Long Sufferings Redeemed by Pure Longings ‚Ä" and Bluegrass Music ‚Ä" in BRIGHT STAR
by Perry Tannenbaum - Jun 29, 2018

It takes decades for tragic losses and separations to turn around to bliss in Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR, but there's plenty of sparkling bluegrass music along that rocky mountain road.

BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR National Tour at North Carolina Theatre Photo BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Kare - Apr 18, 2018

Originating from the 2013 collaborative album by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell titled Love Has Come for You, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and '40s. The musical was inspired by the true story of a five-day-old baby who fell approximately 50 feet from a train into Big River in Irondale, Missouri on August 14th, 1902.

BWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in Worcester Photo BWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in Worcester
by Jan Nargi - Apr 16, 2018

In a brief engagement at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Mass. (which ended this Sunday), the national tour of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's southern musical BRIGHT STAR flickers between down-home country charm and maudlin storytelling. Strong performances and a kickin' on-stage bluegrass band, though, manage to knock off the tarnish of this tepid tale of hope and redemption to deliver an uplifting message in the end.

BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR Burns Out Too Soon Photo BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR Burns Out Too Soon
by Pnina Topham - Mar 17, 2018

BRIGHT STAR follows two pairs of star-crossed lovers, two decades apart, all against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. And now through March 25, the Tony Award-nominated musical makes its home at the Hobby Center.

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's BRIGHT STAR Is Coming To Theatre Under The Stars Photo Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's BRIGHT STAR Is Coming To Theatre Under The Stars
by Stephi Wild - Mar 2, 2018

Bright Star, the new musical from Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell, is coming to Houston from Theatre Under The Stars beginning March 13 through March 25 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. To purchase tickets, visit TUTS.com, call the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office at 713-558-8887, or come by the box office in person at 800 Bagby Street, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm or Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

Audrey Cardwell To Tell Her Story as Alice in BRIGHT STAR Tour, New Cast Announced Photo Audrey Cardwell To Tell Her Story as Alice in BRIGHT STAR Tour, New Cast Announced
by Julie Musbach - Feb 27, 2018

Producer Joey Parnes announced today new casting for the US Tour of¬†Bright Star,¬†the new musical from Grammy¬ģ, Emmy¬ģ¬†and Academy Award¬ģ-winning¬†Steve Martin¬†and Grammy Award¬ģ-winning¬†Edie Brickell.

BWW Exclusive: BRIGHT STAR at Pioneer Theatre Company is a Special Experience Photo BWW Exclusive: BRIGHT STAR at Pioneer Theatre Company is a Special Experience
by Tyler Hinton - Jan 15, 2018

BRIGHT STAR at Pioneer Theatre Company is utterly ravishing. The masterful performances and staging will take your breath away as they unforgettably illuminate the moving story and songs. Essentially the original Broadway production transferred to the PTC stage, this is not a locally produced regional production, nor is it a typical national tour per se in its current state. This is the last city where it will be presented in this form, starring Carmen Cusack, who was Tony-nominated for her role. Suffice it to say, the experience of seeing BRIGHT STAR at Pioneer Theatre Company is something very special. In addition to reviewing, BroadwayWorld was provided the opportunity to speak with cast and band members about the production.

VIDEO: Carmen Cusack and the Cast of BRIGHT STAR at the Ahmanson Shine in New Music V Photo VIDEO: Carmen Cusack and the Cast of BRIGHT STAR at the Ahmanson Shine in New Music Video
by Stage Tube - Nov 1, 2017

The Tony Award nominated musical 'Bright Star' is currently running through November 19, 2017 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Presented by Center Theatre Group, the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical, with music, lyrics and story by Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell, will be directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbieand choreographed by Josh Rhodes. See the Carmen Cusack and the cast of the show in a new music video for the opening number, 'If You Knew My Story' below!

Review Roundup: BRIGHT STAR Shines Again in Los Angeles - What Did The Critics Have t Photo Review Roundup: BRIGHT STAR Shines Again in Los Angeles - What Did The Critics Have to Say?
by Alan Henry - Oct 24, 2017

BRIGHT STAR at Ahmanson Theatre plays through November 19. This original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances.

BWW Review: Sun Is Gonna Shine for Bright Star at the Ahmanson Photo BWW Review: Sun Is Gonna Shine for Bright Star at the Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Oct 23, 2017

Steve Martin's and Edie Brickell's Bright Star played Broadway in 2016, garnering a Tony nomination for Carmen Cusack. The show fared somewhat well, but did not seem to be an overall critics' choice. On the minus side, it is an all too familiar story about a backwoods pregnant girl and parental abuse in the 1920s, with far-fetched resolutions and a sweet, but for many, saccharine ending. In spite of this, I was delighted with the bluegrass music by Martin and Brickell, with Walter Bobbie's fluid staging and with the performances. It's most definitely uplifting and an entertaining evening at the Ahmanson through November 19.

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