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Bright Star - 2016 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

$45-$145

With music and book by Steve Martin and music and lyrics by Edie Brickell, BRIGHT STAR is based on an original story by Martin and Brickell and features direction by Walter Bobbie.

Inspired by an astonishing true event, the wholly original new musical BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront a shocking incident from her past. Together they discover a long-buried secret with the power to transform their lives.

Running Time:

Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway)


About the Theatre
(New York, NY)
138 West 48th St.

Featured Reviews For Bright Star


Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Hitch Wagons to 'Bright Star' - NBC New York
There's much to admire in the final product: The musical is twangy and tightly performed, with a sweeping score. My enjoyment was muted only by the mostly modest character development...Cusack, who reminded me a bit of Donna Murphy, does proud justice to a tough role. Paul Alexander Nolan...has an easygoing confidence as another character we get to know at different stages of life...Martin and Brickell's music is rootsy and most often joyful...Of Martin's book, I felt that too often I was being told what to feel, without being given opportunity to feel it. Connective tissue between the storylines, probably intended to sneak up on us at the end, seemed obvious halfway through the first act...It's not a perfect musical; this "Star" doesn't always guide the way, but at times it beams brightly enough.

Theater review: Steve Martin teams with Edie Brickell to create ‘Bright Star’; bluegrass musical aims for the heart - NY Daily News
Steve Martin is famous for wild-and-crazy antics. But in his debut as a Broadway author and composer, he drops the arrow-through-the-head zaniness. He and co-writer Edie Brickell aim straight for the heart in a new musical about love, loss, family and forgiveness. Called "Bright Star," the show isn't a bullseye. But it's sweet and tender and boasts a fine cast...Martin and Brickell's bluegrassy score is mellow and pretty. But it's also repetitive -- melodically and lyrically...Director Walter Bobbie ("Chicago") and choreographer Josh Rhodes keep the show chugging along...Cusack, a Broadway rookie, consistently shines -- even when "Bright Star" doesn't.


 



 

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by BWW Special Coverage - June 26, 2016
Bright Star, the new musical from 2016 Tony Award nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, plays its final Broadway performance today, June 26, after 30 preview and 109 regular performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through Bright Star's journey on Broadway!
by Tyler Peterson - June 14, 2016
Producer Joey Parnes has announced that Bright Star, the new musical from 2016 Tony Award nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell,will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, June 26, after 30 preview and 109 regular performances.
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - June 9, 2016
After any given performance of Bright Star, we typically have between 20-40 people waiting at the stage door for autographs. It's interesting to observe how differently the people in our cast (and casts everywhere) deal with greeting fans at the stage door. Over the years, I've isolated a few categories:
by Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch - June 7, 2016
BroadwayWorld is thrilled to add to our roster of exclusive talent and programing, Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch. Come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up in this new cooking show. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking! Today, we are excited to bring you the latest episode, featuring Bright Star's Lizzie Klemperer!
by Walter McBride - June 5, 2016
On May 4, the 2016 Tony nominees flocked to the Paramount Hotel, where they met with the press for the first time since getting the big news. BroadwayWorld will be bringing you coverage from the epic day over the next week, but for now, check out photos of Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Musical nominee for Bright Star, Carmen Cusack, as captured by Walter McBride!
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 4, 2016
STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, took place just yesterday June 3rd in Shubert Alley. Hosted by Tony nominee Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca, Broadway's best once again turned out for the annual performance - including Tony nominee Carmen Cusack, who performed 'Way back in the Day' from BRIGHT STAR!
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - June 3, 2016
After any given performance of Bright Star, we typically have between 20-40 people waiting at the stage door for autographs. It's interesting to observe how differently the people in our cast (and casts everywhere) deal with greeting fans at the stage door. Over the years, I've isolated a few categories:
by Michael Dale - June 1, 2016
The two-time Tony nominee takes questions from Facebook users before the Wednesday matinee.
by Tyler Peterson - May 27, 2016
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.
by Stage Tube - May 24, 2016
Broadway's shining at the moment with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical BRIGHT STAR, featuring Tony nominee Carmen Cusack, currently playing at the Cort Theatre. In celebration of the show's run - not to mention five Tony nods - Martin and Cusack stopped by CBS THIS MORNING today, where they opened up about the process of bringing the musical to the Great White Way. Check out their interview below!
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - May 16, 2016
Today I'm addressing another excellent question from @JudyMolnar: 'What are some favorite items Bright Star cast members have in their dressing rooms? Show & tell.'
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 15, 2016
Carmen Cusack has finally made her Broadway debut, and it's in the role of a lifetime. She plays Alice Murphy (at two ages) in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's BRIGHT STAR- a performance that earned her a nomination for Best Performance by and Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Hear her story below!
by Stage Tube - May 14, 2016
Last night's BRIGHT STAR audience was pleasantly surprised at the start of Act 2 when Steve Martin joined the band onstage for the Entr'acte. Martin, who wrote the show's book and composed the music with Edie Brickell, played the banjo. Check out footage from the surprise performance below!

Bright Star Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Bright Star have their been?
Bright Star has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2016 and US Tour which opened in 2017.

What Tony Awards has Bright Star been nominated for?
Best Musical , Best Book of a Musical for Steve Martin, Best Orchestrations for August EriksmoenBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Steve Martin and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Edie Brickell .

What other awards has Bright Star been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jane Greenwood, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Steve Martin, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Edie Brickell, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for August Eriksmoen, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Nevin Steinberg, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Carmen Cusack, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical (Drama League Awards) for Bright Star, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin, Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Josh Rhodes, Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jane Greenwood, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Walter Bobbie, Outstanding New Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bright StarOutstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin and Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Edie Brickell.

What other awards has Bright Star won?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jane Greenwood, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Steve Martin, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Edie Brickell Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for August Eriksmoen and Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Nevin Steinberg Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Carmen Cusack Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical (Drama League Awards) for Bright Star Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Josh Rhodes Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jane Greenwood Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Walter Bobbie Outstanding New Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bright Star Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Edie Brickell.

What productions of Bright Star have their been?
Bright Star has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2016 and US Tour which opened in 2017.

What awards has Bright Star been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jane Greenwood, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Steve Martin, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Edie Brickell, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for August Eriksmoen, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Nevin Steinberg, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Carmen Cusack, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical (Drama League Awards) for Bright Star, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin, Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Josh Rhodes, Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jane Greenwood, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Walter Bobbie, Outstanding New Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bright StarOutstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin and Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Edie Brickell.

What awards has Bright Star won?
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jane Greenwood, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Steve Martin, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Edie Brickell Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for August Eriksmoen and Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Nevin Steinberg Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Carmen Cusack Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical (Drama League Awards) for Bright Star Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Josh Rhodes Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jane Greenwood Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Walter Bobbie Outstanding New Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bright Star Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Steve Martin Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Edie Brickell.

What productions of Bright Star have there been?
Bright Star has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2016 and US Tour which opened in 2017.