Bright Star Finds Its Home On Broadway
While it may not seem like, several Broadway theaters were or are not booked for the spring 2016 season, just a few months from now! However, as producers begin to shift productions around based on limited engagements ending, productions extending and shows still looking to get in while some consider ducking out, Luner on Theatre is tracking the madness. Another Broadway theatre slated to go vacant this winter just found a new tenant for this spring as a show looking to bow this season has finally found it’s home! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Bright Star will play The Cort Theatre this spring on Broadway!
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star musical will take up residence at The Shubert Organization’s Cort Theatre (Pictured Right) this spring on Broadway following the limited engagement of Sylvia, currently playing the theatre through January 24th, 2016. The production has also moved up its dates for Broadway as opposed to its previously reported beginning dates. The show will now bow earlier than expected, beginning previews February 25th, 2016 and officially opening March 24th.
As previously reported by Luner on Theatre, Carmen Cusack who led the show during it’s 2014 world premiere will lead the show in New York while making her Broadway debut. 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 includesEugene 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 Parneswill produce the Broadway run.
The Cort, one of Broadway’s smallest and intimate houses, seems like a fantastic fit for this musical that seems smaller than most. The show, without having seen it, comes off as a more intimate piece and I think the Cort Theatre is a great place for a musical like this. I feel personally that many forget to consider the Broadway house when bringing show to Broadway or while seeing a show on Broadway and it is truly such an important part of the process. The theatre can not only make or break the experience of the production but also helps as it is the atmosphere for the audience. The Cort does not often see musicals and is frequently home to plays as the size and house works perfectly for it. Although I do believe The Cort needs some TLC (Tender, Love & Care for those of you thinking I want to see a TV Channel there), I am looking forward to seeing Bright Star there this spring!
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Bright Star makes its way to Broadway later this season! Don’t forget, the show is slated to bow in Washington D.C. are The Kennedy Center from December 2nd, 2015 to January 10th, 2016 before coming to New York! We hope to bring you a first look at the show before it even reaches Broadway and bring you the news of changes as they happen. For more information, visit Bright Star’s Official Website, Facebook or 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!