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Steve Martin Makes His Broadway Songwriting Debut as Bright Star Opens

The new musical, coauthored with Edie Brickell, stars Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan.

Carmen Cusack stars in Bright Star at the Cort Theatre.
(© Nick Stokes)

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new Broadway musical Bright Star officially opens tonight, March 24, at the Cort Theatre.

Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan are the romantic leads in the new Broadway musical Bright Star.
(© Nick Stokes)

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. 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. It premiered at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in 2014 and played a pre-Broadway run in 2015 at The Kennedy Center.

Michael Pearce, Bennett Sullivan, Rob Berman, and Martha McDonnell make up the show's onstage band.
(© Nick Stokes)

Carmen Cusack stars as Alice. 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, Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz, along with 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.

Hannah Elless and A.J. Shively costar in the new musical from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
(© Nick Stokes)

The show's design team includes 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.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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