Steve Martin-Edie Brickell Bright Star Musical Sets Broadway Cast

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Casting has been announced for the new musical Bright Star, from Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, which will arrive on Broadway in March 2016. Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, Stephen Bogardus and Dee Hoty are among the stars.
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 that will begin Broadway previews March 7, towards a March 31 Broadway opening at a Shubert theatre to be announced.

Carmen Cusack, who starred in the musical's premiere at the Old Globe, will make her Broadway debut in the production. The cast will also feature Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, 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.

For more information visit Kennedy-center.org or call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.

Watch highlights from the Old Globe premiere.

 

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