Bright Star Musical Will Bow On Broadway
If you thought this season on Broadway was looking great, look again. While already a large number of new productions, both musicals and plays, have lined themselves up for the 2015-16 season, another one just found a way in! Not headed to Broadway until this spring, as a show must now close first, the musical is headed east after a world premiere out west not too long ago. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the new musical Bright Star will bow on Broadway this spring!
Bright Star is a new musical with music and book by Steve Martin with lyrics by Edie Brickell. The musical, inspired by a true event, tells the story of literary editor Alice Murphy who meets a young solider just home from World War II. This connection inspires Alice to explore her past as she faces redemption in the American South. Together, the two discover a secret with the power to transform lives in a sweeping tale of love.
Producers announced the new musical Bright Star will bow on Broadway this spring! The Broadway bow will come after an out-of-town run at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. from December 2nd, 2015 to January 10th, 2016. In New York, the show will begin previews March 7th, 2016 and officially open March 31st. A theatre has not been confirmed but it is announced the show will head to a Shubert Theatre to be announced shortly. (Get ready for a closing notice kids!) Bright Star made it’s world premiere in 2014 at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.
Leading Bright Star to Broadway and making her Broadway debut will be Carmen Cusack who led the show during it’s 2014 world premiere. The rest of the cast includes Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Jeff Blumenkrantz, 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.
As for the production team, Bright Star will be directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie with Josh Rhodes as choreographer. The rest of the creative team includes Eugene Lee as scenic designer, Jane Greenwood as costume designer, Japhy Weideman as lighting designer and Nevin Steinberg as sound designer. Peter Asher will be musical supervisor as Rob Berman provides musical direction and vocal arrangements. August Eriksmoen will provide orchestrations. Joey Parnes will produce the Broadway run.
Add Bright Star to the list of new musicals this season on Broadway! And that’s a long one! Besides Hamilton, Broadway has lined up School of Rock, Waitress, American Psycho, Tuck Everlasting, Allegiance and On Your Feet! An outstanding number of new productions this season alone! I look forward to seeing the production in New York and seeing what theatre it goes into eventually as well. Any guesses? It is also a great idea for the show to head out-of-town to The Kennedy Center before coming in to Broadway. Out-of-town runs are consistent with most Broadway shows and The Kennedy Center is an excellent starting point. Essentially the temple of the arts for America, The Kennedy Center is located in Washington D.C. and has multiple performances spaces it uses for productions of its own, concerts and Broadway touring series. Many Broadway shows have bowed here before taking The Great White Way.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Bright Star heads to Broadway this spring and stops at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. along the way! We’ll be covering both the out-of-town run as well as it’s Broadway debut later this spring. Stay tuned for more and get excited for another word on the Broadway boards for later this season! We’ll be sharing the official Bright Star website and social media when they become available. For more, visit The Kennedy Center’s Official Website, Facebook Page and Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!