Producer Joey Parnes announced January 23 that Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical Bright Star, which played 30 previews and 109 regular performances last season at Broadway's Cort Theatre, will launch a national tour in the 2017-18 season.
Casting and the tour route will be announced at a later time.
With direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, Bright Star won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music. It also received five 2016 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.
Inspired by a real event, Bright Star, according to press notes, “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. 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.”
The production features scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, musical supervision by Peter Asher, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Rob Berman, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Howie Cherpakov.
The Grammy-nominated original cast recording of Bright Star is available from Ghostlight Records.