Steve Martin-Edie Brickell Bright Star Musical Finds Its Broadway Home; Sets New Dates

News   Steve Martin-Edie Brickell Bright Star Musical Finds Its Broadway Home; Sets New Dates
 
Dates and a theatre have been announced for the new musical Bright Star, from Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Previews start Feb. 25, 2016, at the Cort Theatre, followed by opening night on March 24.

The dates are moved up from March 7 and March 31, respectively, which had been announced previously.

The show stars Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, Stephen Bogardus and Dee Hoty.

Carmen Cusack in <i>Bright Star</i>
Carmen Cusack in Bright Star Photo by Joan Marcus

Bright Star will arrive on Broadway following a Dec. 2-Jan. 10, 2016, engagement at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The musical had its world premiere at San Diego's Old Globe in 2014.

Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie directs the production.

Cusack, who starred in the musical's premiere at the Old Globe, will make her Broadway debut in the show. The cast will also feature A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner, 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 true 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 successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives."

With music and book by Martin and music and lyrics by Brickell, the production will also have choreography by Josh Rhodes, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, musical supervision by Peter Asher, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Rob Berman and orchestrations by August Eriksmoen.

Bright Star was developed and had its world premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego. The Broadway production is produced by Joey Parnes.

Tickets for the Broadway production of Bright Star go on sale to Audience Rewards members through an exclusive pre-sale beginning Nov. 10 and continuing through Sunday, Nov, 15. Visit AudienceRewards.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Nov.16 via Telecharge.com or by calling (800) 447-7400. For more info, visit BrightStarMusical.com.

Watch highlights from the Old Globe premiere.

 

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