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)


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

For a previous production
Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like banjo, you like masterful direction and acting

Don't see it if you want fun. you don't like very dark

For a previous production
Disappointing, Cliched, Overwrought, Banal, Derivative

See it if You like well-written Appalachian/blueglrass/folk music and stories about small-town simpletons.

Don't see it if You appreciate nuance in your storytelling, because there's not a lick of it to be found in this disappointing, maudlin showpiece.

For a previous production
Ambitious, Original, Refreshing, Bluegrass

See it if You are a fan of bluegrass music

Don't see it if You don't like folk

For a previous production
Romantic, Funny, Delightful, Nostalgic, Simplistic

See it if you like Bluegrass, new Americana movement, or the music of Steve Martin & Edie Brickell.

Don't see it if you are looking for a complicated plot line or innovation.

For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Exquisite

See it if you like great talent (script and music, as well as on stage), great casting and innovative sets.

Don't see it if you want to be bored.

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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