Complete casting has been announced for the Los Angeles premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Broadway musical Bright Star, which will run October 11 through November 19. Opening night is set for October 20 at the Ahmanson Theatre.
As previously announced, Carmen Cusack, who earned a Tony nomination for her work in the original Broadway production, will reprise her performance in the central role of Alice Murphy.
Several original Broadway cast members will reunite with Cusack for the Los Angeles run including Jeff Blumenkrantz, A.J. Shively, Allison Briner-Dardenne, Patrick Cummings, Stephen Lee Anderson, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Patrick Cummings, Max Chernin, and Richard Gatta.
New to the production are David Atkinson, Jeff Austin, Kaitlyn Davidson, Devin Archer, Kelly Baker, Audrey Cardwell, Robin De Lano, David Kirk Grant, Donna Louden, Kevin McMahon, Alessa Neeck, Robert Pieranunzi, and Michael Starr.
See the cast in rehearsals below:
In Rehearsals With Carmen Cusack for the Los Angeles Engagement of Bright Star
Inspired by a true story, Bright Star travels through 1920s and 1940s North Carolina as magazine editor Alice Murphy tells her story of love, loss, and redemption.
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.