TheaterMania to Livestream Bright Star Concert From Town Hall
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will reunite with their Broadway cast for a one-night-only performance.
On the heels of Bright Star's Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, Kurt Deutsch, president of Ghostlight Records, today announced that the show's December 12 sold-out reunion concert at Town Hall will be streamed live exclusively on TheaterMania.com beginning at 7:30pm. Cocreators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will both host and perform throughout the evening, which will also feature performances by the full original Broadway cast. The program will be followed by a Q&A moderated by cast album producer Peter Asher.
With direction by 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, played a pre-Broadway run in 2015 at the Kennedy Center, and ran at Broadway's Cort Theatre earlier this year.
Carmen Cusack led the Broadway cast and will return for the Town Hall concert alongside Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, and Jeff Blumenkrantz. The ensemble also included 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.
Bright Star won the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music as well as Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score and is currently nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The musical also received five 2016 Tony Awards nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.