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Bright Star   

Cort Theatre, (3/24/2016 - 6/26/2016)
First Preview: Feb 25, 2016 Total Previews: 30
Opening Date: Mar 24, 2016    
Closing Date: Jun 26, 2016 Total Performances: 109

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: North Carolina. 1945-1946, and 22 years earlier.


Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)
Produced by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Zebulon LLC, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Len Blavatnik, James L. Nederlander, Carson & Joseph Gleberman, Balboa Park Productions, The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President) and Jamie deRoy/Catherine Adler/Cricket Jiranek; Produced in association with Rodger Hess, A.C. Orange International, Broadway Across America, Sally Jacobs & Warren Baker, Diana DiMenna, Exeter Capital, Agnes Gund, True Love Productions and Old Globe Theatre
World premiere on September 28, 2014 at Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California (Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director; Michael G. Murphy, Managing Director); A workshop production of 'Bright Star' was presented Summer 2013 by New York Stage and Film & Vassar; A workshop production of 'Bright Star' was presented Summer 2013 at Powerhouse Theatre
Story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; Book by Steve Martin; Music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; Lyrics by Edie Brickell; Musical Director: Rob Berman; Vocal arrangements by Rob Berman; Music orchestrated by August Eriksmoen
Directed by Walter Bobbie; Choreographed by Josh Rhodes; Associate Director: Andrew Britt; Associate Choreographer: Lee Wilkins
Scenic Design by Eugene Lee; Costume Design by Jane Greenwood; Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman; Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg; Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson; Scenic Design Supervision: Edward Pierce; Makeup Design by Tommy Kurzman; Associate Scenic Design: Edward Pierce; Associate Costume Design: Daniel Urlie; Associate Lighting Design: Justin Partier; Associate Sound Design: Jason Crystal
General Manager: Joey Parnes Productions; Company Manager: Cathy Kwon; Associate Co. Mgr: Tegan Meyer
Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro; Stage Manager: Anjee Nero
Musical Supervisor: Peter Asher; Musical Coordinator: Seymour Red Press; Conducted by Rob Berman; Associate Conductor: Anthony DeAngelis; Piano/Accordion: Rob Berman; Banjo/Guitar: Bennett Sullivan; Acoustic Guitar/Electric Guitar: Kenny Brescia; Mandolin/Guitar: Bobby Baxmeyer; Concertmaster/Fiddle/Violin: Martha McDonnell; Viola/Violin: David Creswell; Cello: Deborah Assael-Migliore; Bass: Michael Pearce; Drums/Percussion: Steve Bartosik; Keyboard/Accordion/Autoharp: Anthony DeAngelis; Music Preparation: Ryan Driscoll and Zach Redler
Casting: Howie Cherpakov, C.S.A; Press Representative: DKC/O&M; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Dance Captain: Richard Gatta; Dialect Coach: Kate Wilson; Fight direction by Christian Sordelet; Fight Captain: Richard Gatta; Marketing/Interactive: SPOTCo, Inc.
In Loving Memory of Douglas J. Grekin
Cast
Carmen Cusack
Broadway debut
Alice Murphy
Paul Alexander Nolan
Jimmy Ray Dobbs
Stephen Lee Anderson
Daddy Murphy
Jeff Blumenkrantz
Daryl Ames
Stephen Bogardus
Daddy Cane
Hannah Elless
Margo Crawford
Dee Hoty
Mama Murphy
Michael Mulheren
Mayor Josiah Dobbs
Emily Padgett
Lucy Grant
A.J. Shively
Billy Cane
Allison Briner-Dardenne
County Clerk
Ensemble
Max Chernin
Broadway debut
Max
Ensemble
Patrick Cummings
Broadway debut
Stationmaster
Ensemble
Sandra DeNise
Edna
Ensemble
Michael X. Martin
Dr. Norquist
Ensemble
Tony Roach
Broadway debut
Ensemble
Sarah Jane Shanks
Florence
Ensemble
William Youmans
Stanford Adams
Ensemble
Swings: Maddie Shea Baldwin, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer and William Michals
Understudies: Maddie Shea Baldwin (Margo Crawford), Allison Briner-Dardenne (Mama Murphy), Max Chernin (Billy Cane, Daryl Ames), Patrick Cummings (Jimmy Ray Dobbs), Sandra DeNise (Alice Murphy, Lucy Grant, Mama Murphy), Richard Gatta (Daryl Ames), Lizzie Klemperer (Margo Crawford), Michael X. Martin (Daddy Murphy, Mayor Josiah Dobbs), William Michals (Daddy Cane, Mayor Josiah Dobbs), Tony Roach (Billy Cane, Jimmy Ray Dobbs), Sarah Jane Shanks (Alice Murphy, Lucy Grant) and William Youmans (Daddy Cane, Daddy Murphy)
Tony Award®
2016 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Zebulon LLC, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Len Blavatnik, James L. Nederlander, Carson & Joseph Gleberman, Balboa Park Productions, The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President) and Jamie deRoy/Catherine Adler/Cricket Jiranek; Produced in association with Rodger Hess, A.C. Orange International, Broadway Across America, Sally Jacobs & Warren Baker, Diana DiMenna, Exeter Capital, Agnes Gund, True Love Productions and Old Globe Theatre
2016 Best Book of a Musical [nominee]
Book by Steve Martin
2016 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [nominee]
Music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; Lyrics by Edie Brickell
2016 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee]
Carmen Cusack
2016 Best Orchestrations [nominee]
August Eriksmoen
Drama Desk Award
2016 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Carmen Cusack
2016 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
A.J. Shively
2016 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Paul Alexander Nolan
2016 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee]
August Eriksmoen
2016 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [nominee]
Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg
winner 2016 Outstanding Music [winner]
Music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
2016 Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical [nominee]
Costume Design by Jane Greenwood
Theatre World
winner 2016 Award [recipient]
Carmen Cusack
music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin; lyrics by Edie Brickell
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
If You Knew My Story Alice Murphy and Company
She's Gone Daddy Cane and Billy Cane
Bright Star Billy Cane and Ensemble
Way Back in the Day
(music by Edie Brickell)
Alice Murphy and Ensemble
Whoa, Mama Jimmy Ray Dobbs, Alice Murphy and Ensemble
Firmer Hand/Do Right Daddy Murphy, Mama Murphy, Alice Murphy and Ensemble
A Man's Gotta Do Mayor Josiah Dobbs and Jimmy Ray Dobbs
Asheville Margo Crawford and Ensemble
What Could Be Better Jimmy Ray Dobbs, Alice Murphy and Ensemble
I Can't Wait Alice Murphy, Jimmy Ray Dobbs and Ensemble
Please, Don't Take Him Mayor Josiah Dobbs, Alice Murphy, Daddy Murphy, Mama Murphy, Stanford Adams and Ensemble
A Man's Gotta Do (Reprise) Mayor Josiah Dobbs and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Sun's Gonna Shine Alice Murphy, Mama Murphy, Margo Crawford, Daddy Cane, Edna, Florence and Ensemble
Heartbreaker Jimmy Ray Dobbs
Another Round Lucy Grant, Daryl Ames, Billy Cane and Ensemble
I Had a Vision Alice Murphy and Jimmy Ray Dobbs
Always Will Billy Cane, Margo Crawford and Ensemble
I Can't Wait (Reprise) Ensemble
So Familiar Alice Murphy and Ensemble
At Long Last
(music by Edie Brickell)
Alice Murphy and Ensemble
Finale Company