Carmen Cusack, who is set to reprise her Tony-nominated performance in the Los Angeles premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s bluegrass musical Bright Star, will also lead a San Francisco engagement of the show at the Curran Theatre this holiday season.
Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, Bright Star will make its Los Angeles premiere October 11 at the Ahmanson Theatre, where performances continue through November 19. The musical will then arrive in San Francisco November 28 for a limited run through December 17 at the Curran.
Cusack starred in the 2014 world-premiere of Bright Star at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. She made her Broadway debut with the musical in 2016, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Bright Star’s Broadway producers previously announced plans to launch a tour sometime during the 2017-2018 season, though dates and cities have not been announced. Members of the original Broadway cast will join Cusack in Los Angeles. Casting has not been announced for the San Francisco run.
The musical, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, received a Tony nomination for Best Musical in 2016; also nominated were Martin and Brickell for their bluegrass-infused score, Martin for the book, and August Eriksmoen for Best Orchestrations.
Prior to starring in Bright Star, Cusack appeared in the U.K. in Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera, Off-Broadway in Carrie, and as Elphaba in various productions of Wicked around the world. Her recent solo show, If You Knew My Story, featured several songs from Bright Star, including numbers that were ultimately cut.
Tickets for the San Francisco run of Bright Star go on sale September 19 at SFCURRAN.com.