Bright Star Summary

  • Bright Star is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: February 25, 2016
  • Opened March 24, 2016
  • Show Closed: June 26, 2016

Bright Star is a new musical coming to the Broadway spring season following its world premiere in 2014 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, followed by a winter 2015-2016 run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Bright Star tells the story of a North Carolina magazine editor named Alice Murphy who becomes the center of love stories set in the 1920s and 1940s. The story unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains between 1923 to 1945, as Billy Cane comes home from World War II where he served as a soldier.

Bright Star on Broadway Background

The show has a score co-written by multi-hyphenate actor screenwriter musician Steve Martin, along with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Brickell is married to Paul Simon, of Simon & Garfunkel, and is an established musician in her own right, with her band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians 1988 album “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars” having gotten to number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Steve Martin, on the other hand, is very well known for his acting roles in such films as Father of the Bride, It’s Complicated, Bowfinger, Bringing Down the House, Cheaper By The Dozen, and many more. However, he is also a versatile musician, having played the banjo since an early age, and having won a Grammy Award along with Earl Scruggs in 2002 for Best Country Instrumental Performance. Furthermore, he released his first solo album in 2009, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, which won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Bright Star is his newest musical collaboration, with a bluegrass based score that has received excellent notices in its previous run.

What’s Bright Star Like?

When Billy meets Alice, together they discover a series of stories that change their lives. The show is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Venus in Fur, High Fidelity, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), and stars Carmen Cusack (Wicked), who received excellent reviews in her San Diego performance. She is joined by Tony Award nominees Dee Hoty and Stephen Bogardus, as well as Paul Alexander Nolan and A.J. Shively in the role of Billy Cane. This musical is directed by Walter Bobbie who also directed the musicals, Footloose in 1998 and Chicago in 1996. With a brilliant Americana score mixing bluegrass with a touch of rock, this show is an excellent addition to the Broadway season.

Is Bright Star Good for Kids?

The show is recommended for children aged 12 and up. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,102
Entrance: 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
Theatre Information

Cort Theatre Seating Chart

Bright Star Marquee

Bright Star Marquee

Cast Members

Alice Murphy
Carmen Cusack
Daddy Murphy
Stephen Lee Anderson
Margo Crawford
Hannah Elless
Jimmy Ray Dobbs
Paul Alexander Nolan
Lucy Grant
Emily Padgett
Billy Cane
AJ Shively
Daddy Cane
Stephen Bogardus
Mayor Josiah Dobbs
Michael Mulheren
Mama Murphy
Dee Hoty

Producers

Joey Parnes

Sue Wagner

John Johnson

40 Share Productions Inc.

Jay Alix

Una Jackman

James L. Nederlander

The Old Globe (Associate Producer)

Production Credits

Direction
Walter Bobbie
Set Design
Eugene Lee
Sound Design
Nevin Steinberg
Musical Supervision
Peter Asher
Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen
Light Design
Japhy Weideman
Musical Direction
Rob Berman
Choreography
Josh Rhodes
Costume Design
Jane Greenwood
Lyrics
Edie Brickwell
Book
Steve Martin
Music
Steve Martin + Edie Brickwell
Production Stage Manager
Michael J Passaro

Creative Team

General Manager
Joey Parnes Productions LLC
Company Manager
Cathy Kwon at Joey Parnes Productions LLC
Casting Director
Howard Cherpakov
Technical Supervisor
Larry Morley at United Staging & Rigging
Advertising Representative
SPOTCo
Press Agent
DKC/O&M