Bright Star
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Bright Star

Bright Star NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1006 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Original, Great staging

About the Show

In this musical by actor-writer Steve Martin and '80s pop icon Edie Brickell, a young man returns from WWII to his North Carolina home and uncovers dark secrets about his past.

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55 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you want to be pleasantly surprised! The staging was extremely creative and although not a fan of that type of music, it was so enjoyable.

Don't see it if you do not have an open mind to different types of music.

61 Reviews | 82 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You love beautiful music and fascinating staging!!!

Don't see it if You really dislike country/blue grass music. Read more

67 Reviews | 19 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great writing

See it if you want to see a great show. Loved everything about it.

Don't see it if nothing bad to say.

54 Reviews | 22 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Must see, Great singing

See it if I was blown away. I had not idea what to expect and i fell in love. the music is amazing and the cast is top shelf. One of the best shows!

Don't see it if You don't like bluegrass music. otherwise go see it!!!

75 Reviews | 10 Followers
Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love a good story and exciting, original staging. Such amazing acting and singing. Fresh, new, heartbreaking AND funny. Bring Kleenex.

Don't see it if You don't like bluegrass. It isn't all bluegrass ... but a lot of it is. Such great music, though!

70 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you like simple stories, great music/characters/acting, and beautiful storytelling

Don't see it if you hate country music

83 Reviews | 40 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see

See it if I see a great deal of theater, and I also love musical theater. This is one of the best musicals I've seen!

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater.

284 Reviews | 85 Followers
Touching, Uplifting, Beautiful, Inspiring, Perfect

See it if A beautiful score, incredible performances.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy banjo.

Critic Reviews (68)

The New York Times
March 24th, 2016

"The musical is gentle-spirited, not gaudy, and moves with an easygoing grace where others prance and strut. And it tells a sentiment-spritzed story...While the story certainly skirts (if not embraces) sentimentality and the overripeness of melodrama, the production’s soft-hued style keeps it from curdling into treacle. The songs boast simple but seductive melodies, and lyrics that have a sweet, homespun quality. The mostly acoustic score is beautifully played."
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Time Out New York
March 24th, 2016

"'Bright Star' aspires to be what the older Alice asks from a young fiction writer: 'a sweeping tale of pain and redemption'. But it cries out for an editor’s sharp blue pen. Sweeping? In lieu of the color that the story seems to call for, Bobbie’s production is often actively plain...Painful? For the audience, perhaps...It does, however, have a genuine redeeming feature in Cusack...If not much else, the musical does right by its star, the bright spot in a sky of murk."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 24th, 2016

"'Bright Star' is a banal, self-cancelling, upbeat musical, the kind that wants to demonstrate a lot of heart without actually having one. Which is not to say it has no smarts and no value. There’s a lot to like in 'Bright Star' and a lot to admire in the way it was made...How the stories intersect with the songs is the larger problem here. The mostly bluegrass score sounds great but almost always does exactly the opposite of what a story-based musical requires."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 24th, 2016

"Martin is a good banjo player who writes not-so-great plays. Now he’s branched out by writing a really bad bluegrass-pop musical...The best thing about 'Bright Star' is the music, which is bland and undramatic but competently wrought. The plot is trite, the dialogue humorless and stiff, the lyrics stupefyingly banal. The cast and band work hard and Bobbie does his best to breathe life into the show, but if Martin’s name weren’t on the marquee, it wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near Broadway."
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March 24th, 2016

"Skip 'Bright Star,' the unfortunate musical...this earnest but soggy mess. 'Bright Star' reeks of condescension, from the twangy accents to the charm layered on like dollar perfume and the thigh-slapping slap-happy dances...However, the songs are, in and of themselves, striking...But nothing really takes flight in 'Bright Star'. It’s as earthbound as the folks it wants to celebrate."
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New York Daily News
March 24th, 2016

"The show isn’t a bullseye. But it’s sweet and tender and boasts a fine cast...Martin and Brickell’s bluegrassy score is mellow and pretty. But it’s also repetitive — melodically and lyrically...The show could have cut some too...Director Walter Bobbie and choreographer Josh Rhodes keep the show chugging along. An elevated toy train set adds amusing atmosphere...Cusack, a Broadway rookie, consistently shines — even when 'Bright Star' doesn’t."
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March 24th, 2016

"'Bright Star' is Broadway-slick, with top-rung creatives involved and an appealing lead performance from Carmen Cusack. But the sheer scale of the package overwhelms this sweet but slender homespun material...Martin is an accomplished banjo player and the music he writes with Brickell sounds completely authentic...they also sound repetitive...The big drawback to the chatty lyrics is that they re-hash the plot’s melodramatic content, but neglect to deepen or explore the characters."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 24th, 2016

"There's a disarming sweetness and sincerity to this folksy Americana bluegrass musical which makes the tuneful melodrama a pleasurable experience. It also helps that talented lead Carmen Cusack brings such integrity and warmth to her performance...Brickell's lyrics lack imagination and specificity, and can seem awkwardly pasted onto gentle melodies that at times become a little samey...It's easy to overlook the shortcomings of the musical's craft and go with its sweet-natured optimism."
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