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Bright Star: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Broadway musical sets cast, dates

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Joan Marcus

Another new musical is entering this year’s already hearty assortment of new tuners on Broadway.

Bright Star — a new original musical featuring a book by Steve Martin, lyrics by singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, and music by both — will begin performances on Broadway on March 7, 2016, in anticipation of opening night on March 31 at a Shubert theatre to be announced. The show will first play a limited engagement at D.C.’s Kennedy Center from Dec. 2-Jan. 10.

Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star is a bluegrass story of love and redemption set in the south in the 1920s and ’40s, following a connection between a literary editor named Alice (Carmen Cusack) and an ambitious veteran (A.J. Shively) recently returned from World War II whose appearance forces Alice to re-examine her past.

The cast features Cusack, reprising her role from the show’s world premiere in San Diego, as well as Shively, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, 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.

On Oct. 30, the Grammy-winning duo Brickell and Martin will release their second LP, the folksy So Familiar, which was partly inspired by their collaboration on Bright Star.