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Martin's Broadway musical, written with Edie Brickell, stars Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan.

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Carmen Cusack takes her opening-night bow in Bright Star.
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new Broadway musical Bright Star celebrated its opening night on March 24 at the Cort Theatre.

Paul Alexander Nolan, Carmen Cusack, A.J. Shively, and Hannah Elless take their opening-night bow.
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With direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, Bright Star is inspired by tunes from Brickell and Martin's Grammy-winning album, Love Has Come for You.

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin come out for a curtain call.
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The story follows a young soldier who is just home from World War II. With the editor of a Southern literary journal, he discovers a secret that changes their lives.

Carmen Cusack joins Edie Brickell and Steve Martin to sing a special grand finale.
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Bright Star premiered at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in 2014 and played a pre-Broadway run in 2015 at The Kennedy Center.

Steve Martin gives the audience a concert.
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Carmen Cusack leads the company in her Broadway debut. She is joined in the cast by Paul Alexander Nolan, Tony Award nominee Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, and Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz.

Steve Martin brings the cast of Bright Star in for a group hug.
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Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner-Dardenne, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks, and William Youmans make up the ensemble.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell make their Broadway writing debuts with Bright Star.
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The show features 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, musical supervision by Peter Asher, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Rob Berman, and orchestrations by August Eriksmoen.

Carmen Cusack leads the company in her Broadway debut as Alice Murphy.
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Following the performance, the cast and their guests headed to Gotham Hall to celebrate.

Paul Alexander Nolan is the show's leading man, in the role of Jimmy Ray Dobbs.
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A.J. Shively and Hannah Elless play Bright Star couple Billy Cane and Margo Crawford.
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Jeff Blumencrantz and Emily Padgett steal scenes as onstage duo Daryl Ames and Lucy Grant.
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Dee Hoty returns to Broadway in the role of Mama Murphy.
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Michael Mulheren takes on the role of Mayor Josiah Dobbs.
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The men of Bright Star: Michael X. Martin, Stephen Bogardus, Stephen Lee Anderson, William Youmans, and William Michals.
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The ladies of Bright Star: Maddie Shea Baldwin, Sandra DeNise, Sarah Jane Shanks, Allison Briner-Dardenne, and Lizzie Klemperer.
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Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, and Tony Roach are in the show's ensemble.
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Bright Star director Walter Bobbie takes a snapshot with the show's legendary musical supervisor, Peter Asher.
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Josh Rhodes serves as the production's choreographer.
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Bright Star musical director Rob Berman joins the festivities with his husband, choreographer Chase Brock.
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Choreographer Josh Rhodes, director Walter Bobbie, and Bright Star creators Edie Brickell and Steve Martin get ready to open their show.
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Steve Martin leads a bluegrass jam session at the Bright Star opening-night party at Gotham Hall.
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Martin Short pals around with Paul Shaffer on the red carpet.
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Howard and Beth Stern are on hand to support the new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
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Steve Buscemi and his wife, Jo Andres, head into the Cort Theatre.
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Aidan Quinn poses for photos as he walks the red carpet.
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Diane Sawyer arrives to see Bright Star with Broadway favorite Andrea Martin.
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Stage and screen vet David Hyde Pierce smiles for the cameras.
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Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth is on hand to support her Chicago director, Bright Star's Walter Bobbie.
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It's date night for Jessica and Santino Fontana.
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Alysha Umphress is excited to see her longtime musical collaborator, Jeff Blumencrantz, in Bright Star.
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Tony winner Victoria Clark is excited to be on hand for the opening of a new Broadway musical.
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Susan Lyons and Jefferson Mays spend a night out at the theater.
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Bright Star cast member Emily Padgett shares her evening with fellow Broadway vet Josh Young.
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Carmen Cusack celebrates her Broadway debut with her husband, actor Paul Telfer.
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Happy opening, Steve Martin!
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Catch Bright Star at the Cort Theatre!
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