The Verdict: Critics Review World Premiere of Bright Star Musical, by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review World Premiere of Bright Star Musical, by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell The world premiere of Bright Star, the new American musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, officially opened at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre Sept. 28 following previews that began Sept. 13. 
Wayne Alan Wilcox and Carmen Cusack
Wayne Alan Wilcox and Carmen Cusack Photo by Joan Marcus

Based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, Bright Star features music by Martin and Brickell, lyrics by Brickell and book by Martin.

Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star continues through Nov. 2 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage. 

Here's how the production is billed: "Bright Star features nearly 20 new songs — Americana with a touch of rock — and tells a beguiling tale that unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945. Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie makes his Globe debut with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star."

The critics have filed their reviews and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

New York Times

Variety

UT San Diego

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