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Producer Joey Parnes announced the complete cast of the new musical Bright Star from Grammy® and Emmy® winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Directed by Tony Award® winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will begin performances on Broadway on Monday, March 7, 2016 with an official opening night on Thursday, March 31 at a Shubert theatre to be announced, following a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. from December 2, 2015 through January 10, 2016, with an official opening night on December 17.
Carmen Cusack will make her Broadway debut as Alice, a role she originated in Bright Star’s world premiere production, and will be joined by co-stars Paul Alexander Nolan, Tony Award® nominee Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Tony Award® nominee Stephen Bogardus, three-time Tony Award® nominee Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Tony Award® nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz, along with 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, the wholly original new musical Bright Star 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 (Carmen Cusack) meets an ambitious young soldier (A.J. Shively) 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 Steve Martin and music and lyrics by Edie Brickell, Bright Star is based on an original story by Martin and Brickell and features direction by Walter Bobbie, 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 (Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director; Michael G. Murphy, Managing Director).