Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Bright Star

From 1,005 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Inspired by a true event, this tuner is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives.

2h 30m | Already closed | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1005)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Original, Great staging
83
Avg Score

80
Romantic, Entertaining, Cliched, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to see an original blue grass musical with a lead actress that's glorious!

Don't see it if You can't be happy with a show that's got some great music but is a bit slim on story.

86
Original, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful, Charming

See it if you want a fresh, wholly original musical with clever staging, a striking bluegrass score and a remarkable Broadway debut (Carmen Cusack).

Don't see it if you have no heart. (This a truly lovely show.) Or if you don't understand the difference between allegory and realistic storytelling.

85
Great acting, Beautiful, Original, Great music, Affecting

See it if you love to get swept up in a beautiful story.

Don't see it if you want a giant blockbuster type show.

84
Absorbing, Delightful, Original, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if You really enjoy banjo/bluegrass music, as it has a stunning score.

Don't see it if You feel like you've seen enough World War II-era romances.

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Original

See it if You want to experience fantastic acting, singing and music. Carmen Cusack was particularly wonderful. But all were excellent.

Don't see it if You don't like bluegrass (although you might be pleasantly surprised). There are serious aspects to the show which might be upsetting.

55
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you want to watch an excellent lead actress in Carmen Cusack.

Don't see it if you want something new, fresh and stimulating. Don't see if you want a well written script, good lyrics and choreography.

84
Quirky, Refreshing, Charming, lovely music

See it if you like great blue grass music, simple fast paced staging, a big very talented cast of all ages and a sweet but slightly silly story.

Don't see it if you only like big splashy musicals, you're seeking memorable songs or a plausible plot. This is a sweet simple fable, on a smallish scale.

62
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Awful book

See it if you love blue grass music, GREAT choreography, an interesting set, good performances

Don't see it if you want a plot that isn't 100% predictable well before intermission. So much foreshadowing! Lose that damn electric train.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Original

See it if you like bluegrass music and unusual family stories.

Don't see it if you prefer serious dark stories.

78
Entertaining, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You like Blue Grass, feel good stories and excellent performances.

Don't see it if You don't like simple predictable stories no matter how well executed.

80
Entertaining, Slow, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You're into bluegrass music. Even if you are not, you might enjoy the terrific band and a knockout performance by Carmen Cusack.

Don't see it if You expect a big, brassy musical.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You'd like a great afternoon on Broadway. Strong cast, particularly Carmen Cusack.

Don't see it if You expect to leave whistling the songs. They're fine, just not memorable. But you won't regret this choice.

82
Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if you want something sweet and like blue grass

Don't see it if you want a deep story

Also I loved this show -saw it a few times at the Old Globe before B'way an... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Cliched, Insipid, Predictable

See it if you don't mind thoroughly enjoying a show that you will realize afterward is quite indulgent and pointless.

Don't see it if you need a story that's a step above a tired, ridiculous soap opera plot. I scored it well because it's a tremendously wonderful awful show.

84
Enchanting, Entertaining, Original, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you enjoy new musicals that are romantic yet intelligent. Be ready to fall in love with Carmen Cusack. Writers will appreciate the story.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of musicals or Appalachian/Southern music. This isn't intense drama: the show is predictable. Seek grit elsewhere.

74
Entertaining, Romantic, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of bluegrass and enjoy light, predictable fare.

Don't see it if you don't like overly sweet stories.

78
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to experience a very original musical. I really enjoyed the bluegrass score and the on stage placement of the band. Great cast!

Don't see it if You don't want to be thoroughly entertained. Great score,music and staging.Outstanding performances by all involved.

94
Original, Refreshing, Entertaining, Must see, Delightful

See it if you like original shows, bluegrass/country, moving stories , or you haven't experienced the awesome performance of Carmen Cusack!

Don't see it if nope, everybody should see this!

72
Predictable, Charming, Great acting

See it if you like bluegrass or are looking for something less flashy and in-your-face than your typical Broadway fare.

Don't see it if you haven’t been below the Mason-Dixon line in a while.

85
Delightful, Romantic, Absorbing, Contrived, Great singing

See it if you like bluegrass music or for Carmen Cusack's performance. Somewhat contrived but still an enjoyable ride.

Don't see it if you don't like bluegrass or don't like old fashioned romantic musicals.

92
Great writing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you want a heartwarming show. The music and cast do a great job of bringing this story together. Well rounded show of stage, and acting.

Don't see it if you don't like timeless classics.

30
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You are patient with highly repetitive banjo music with unimaginative lyrics.

Don't see it if You want to be engaged and entertained by an innovative book, music or performances.

86
Delightful, Funny, Profound, Romantic, Masterful

See it if delightful musical with equal parts humor and drama by a winning cast and a superb Cusack.

Don't see it if Americana story feels like a Hallmark Movie of the Week and is questionable in universal appeal; gasps at first act close (for good reason)

96
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you are looking for a wonderful show of great music and an amazing story. The show is very surprising and features blue grass music.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of blue grass music.

84
Quirky, Original, Great singing

See it if like original, different type of musical with excellent staging and performances

Don't see it if don't like bluegrass music


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 fro...
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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? Fo...
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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 interse...
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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 specifici...
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