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

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.

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.

51
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating, Original

See it if you don't mind poor writing , bad accents, silly scenes and a small set

Don't see it if you are looking for something truly original and Broadway level.

60
Great acting, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky, Slow

See it if you love bluegrass music; you want to see an amazing Broadway debut by a leading lady; you love all heart and no head shows

Don't see it if you need someone to give you intellectually well-developed material first in order to get to your heart strings

58
Disappointing, Refreshing, Original, Banal, Clever

See it if A fan of bluegrass music

Don't see it if Can't handle banjo playing

52
Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Excellent acting, fine direction, but forgettable music , and banal plot

Don't see it if you are looking for an excellent score and interesting plot.

69
Great acting, Cliched, Great singing

See it if Unforgettable performances by Cusack and Nolan. Beautiful score and orchestration. Uplifting and optimistic story.

Don't see it if Banal lyrics. Excessively sentimental at times. Lazy plot resolution.

68
Cliched, Enchanting, Dated, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You enjoy blue grass and phenomenal singing.

Don't see it if You are bored by predictable story lines.

67
Great acting, Cliched, Dated, Great singing

See it if Love Steve Martin, like I do, and wish to get a glimpse of his musical side and his humor.

Don't see it if You don't think bluegrass belongs on Broadway and you like surprise endings. This play has terrific actors playing one dimensional roles.

60
Slow, Confusing, Cliched, Great orchestra, Great singing

See it if you like folk/blueglass music. The orchestra/band is great, and so is the lead actress.

Don't see it if sitting through the first act in which nothing happens just to get to a much too predictable second act isn't your cup of tea.

65
Banal, Entertaining, Predictable, Great singing

See it if The cast is well intermingled. Although the lead is praised I thought everyone blended together. Nice music. I was always ahead of plot.

Don't see it if You want something thought provoking. Don't like banjo/country style music. Think Steve Martin is in it (the woman behind me did :)

58
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you like bland country music, obvious humorless romantic epics. Great performers, great country band, interesting rough hewn set & staging

Don't see it if Don't see it.

60
Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if For loyal Steve Martin fans should a mediocre, forgettable musical be acceptable. Lively Cusack and gifted musicians keep it afloat, barely.

Don't see it if you expect lyrics and music that outsparkle bilge water or a book with a shred of originality. Bright Star is dull and a corny tearjerker.

53
Cliched, Great staging, Intense, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You are a tourist looking for a fun night

Don't see it if If you are looking for something amazing.

65
Predictable, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you've seen most other musicals this season and are curious about the great cast and staging that stand out, despite the lyrics and story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy folk music and if you'll be disappointed by a predictable plot, despite the wonderful performances.

61
Original, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You like Blue Grass. For the beautiful music. Fabulous performances by Cusack and leads. Fun surprise in second act. Very original musical.

Don't see it if You don't like dark, over the top story-lines. If you don't like blue grass. If you're tempted to walk out at intermission, 2nd act improves

60
Entertaining, Predictable, Insipid, Great acting

See it if Enjoyable music and nice choreography.

Don't see it if Not much to dislike but felt bland.

67
Disappointing

See it if want to see a musical that makes use of an atypical type of music—bluegrass.

Don't see it if you dislike bluegrass music or if you think it might sound repetitious in the context of a musical.

55
Cliched, Quirky, Slow

See it if you loving moving stage scenes, that is the stage moves and not the show. The singing is nice, good set and backdrop (but that's landscape)

Don't see it if music is your thing...The banjo is not showcased, and the music is forgettable, doesn't explore the various idioms of Appalachia.

65
Insipid, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like bluegrass music

Don't see it if you are looking for a good musical.

65
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if You're looking for a show with conservative values and good music.

Don't see it if You're looking for a thrilling, well-written show.

69
Cliched, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a break out performance by Carmen Cusack. The plot is cliche ridden ut the music is fine.

Don't see it if you expect something different.

67
Romantic, Old-fashioned, Great music

See it if you want a fun evening of bluegrass music and an old fashioned tale.

Don't see it if you want something edgy or inventive.

54
Dated, Overrated

See it if listening to bluegrass the entire night

Don't see it if do not enjoy the banjo and bluegrass

69
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You don't mind cliched plots and/or love blue grass music.

Don't see it if You want more complex and less predictable storylines from a musical, or will hate having bluegrass tunes stuck in your head for weeks.


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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