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

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 :)

82
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you love a good banjo strum, a happy love story intertwined through the decades.

Don't see it if You arent a blue grass, banjo fan

75
Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Enjoy a good musical

Don't see it if Hmmm. There's no "don't"

75
Entertaining, Good performances, Good music, Weak lyrics and story

See it if you are in a mellow mood and can sit back and enjoy good music and good performances in a banal, formulaic production

Don't see it if you are looking for something that breaks new ground or contains anything novel

70
Great acting, Great staging, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you love country music and family drama stories with happy endings and are willing to overlook bad lyrics for good music, singing, and lines

Don't see it if you want more than elementary lyrics. The great singing, staging, libretto, and singing, was unforgivably let down by the lyrics

95
Original, Romantic, Slow, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Steve Martin & Edie Brickell music. A good old time story.

Don't see it if You don't like old society morals.

75
Great acting, Original, Slow, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something different. Folk/country flair to the music and good performance by the lead actors.

Don't see it if you want to see a big production with big musical numbers. The 2nd half was much better than the first.

75
Cliched, Great staging

See it if You like light-weight musicals that are entertaining. Some beautiful voices, some not so much.

Don't see it if Twanging and predictability bother you.

75
Delightful, Great staging, Slow start

See it if You like small-scale emotional shows and atypical music.

Don't see it if You want flash and excitement.

79
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like bluegrass music and want to see a great actress' fantastic performance in a romantic show.

Don't see it if seeing what's coming a mile away will drive you nuts.

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Original

See it if You just want to be entertained. Good music, good choreography, good acting, Quirky story based loosely on an actual event.

Don't see it if You do not wish to see a light and fun blue grass musical.

91
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Original, Must see

See it if If you like bluegrass music with a charming story and a delightful cast

Don't see it if I didn't think I'd like this music but I was wrong-I have no negative advice as I think anyone who sees it will like it

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.

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You want something fresh. See it for a great lead performance. See it for good music.

Don't see it if You hate bluegrass or banjos

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.

76
Sweet, Beautifully staged

See it if you love bluegrass or country. If you want a charming story and some really great vocals.

Don't see it if you dislike banjos, mandolins, and the like.

85
Original, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you have a chance to hear the glorious Carmen Cusack sing this wonderful bluegrass score. Walter Bobbie's staging is absolutely magnificent!

Don't see it if you are against unabashed sentimentality, period dramas, or southern flavor. But this show has enough heart it just might win you over!

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like blue grass music and an original broadway musical

Don't see it if you don't like blue grass music

85
Dated, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a perfectly pleasant evening with great performances and a sweeping, energetic score.

Don't see it if you're looking for something edgy or modern. This doesn't pretend to be blockbuster, but it's beautiful in it's simplicity.

84
Enchanting, Original, Refreshing, Quirky, Clever

See it if you would like to see a broadway show with a unique sound and feel, and star making performance by Carmen Cusack

Don't see it if bluegrass isn't your thing

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if Carmen Cusack.

Don't see it if You're not keen on folk music.

80
Cliched, Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you want to see the marvelous ensembles and experience the fabulous orchestration!

Don't see it if the story is your priority.

85
Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see top-notch acting, great voices, and fun choreography.

Don't see it if you don't like pedestrian, bluegrass music.

95
Delightful, Great acting, Romantic, Original, Great staging

See it if you like original, sweet, romantic stories staged simply yet masterfully. With great acting and singing and an original score.

Don't see it if you want to see a rightfully Tony nominated show and performance that is up against the seemingly unstoppable Hamilton.

88
Great acting, Refreshing, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you enjoy bluegrass and you want to see a show that isn't based on a movie or book! The cast is very talented, particularly Carmen Cusack.

Don't see it if you 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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