Steve Martin's Bright Star burns out on Broadway
Producers of the original musical Bright Star announced today that the well received new Broadway show would play its last performance at the Cort Theatre on June 26.
The show, which enjoyed its world premiere in San Diego in September 2014 and opened on Broadway on March 24 of this year, will have played 30 previews and 109 regular performances.
With a book by Steve Martin and music and lyrics by Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star emerged as one of the underdog gems of the 2016-17 season, earning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and Best Score, as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music. Although it won no Tony Awards at the June 12 ceremony, it was nominated for five, including Best Musical.
The show stars Carmen Cusack as a no-nonsense literary editor who’s transported back to memories of her carefree but tragic youth by the arrival of a handsome young soldier (A.J. Shively) who dreams of being a writer. The cast also includes Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, and Jeff Blumenkrantz.
Walter Bobbie directs, with choreography by Josh Rhodes. The show lives on in its cast album, currently available from Ghostlight Records, as well as memories of Cusack’s powerhouse vocals and sensible floral prints.
Bright Star (Broadway)