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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s New Bluegrass Musical Bright Star Will Play Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on April 17-22

The Bright Star Band (from left: George Guthrie, Wayne Fugate, Martha McDonnell, Skip Ward, Anthony De Angelis, and Eric Davis) brought Bluegrass to Broadway in <em>Bright Star</em> (photo by Craig Schwartz)

The Bright Star Band (from left: George Guthrie, Wayne Fugate, Martha McDonnell, Skip Ward, Anthony De Angelis, and Eric Davis) brought Bluegrass to Broadway (photo by Craig Schwartz)

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will jointly present eight performances of the First National Tour of the 2014 San Diego and 2016 Broadway bluegrass musical Bright Star: A New Musical by Grammy®, Emmy®, and Academy Award® winner Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell on April 17-22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. Bright Star, which is set in the mountains around Asheville, NC in 1945-46 (and 22 years earlier), had its world premiere on Sept. 28, 2014 at Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA. The show made its Broadway debut, under the direction of Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Josh Rhodes, on March 24, 2016 at the Cort Theatre, where it racked up 109 performances before closing on June 26, 2016. It earned five Tony Award nominations, including nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score; and it won the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.

In an article on its website, NCT writes, “Originating from the 2013 collaborative album from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Love Has Come for You, the musical Bright Star combines Americana with musical theater that tells an emotional variation of a true story from the early 20th century. The musical, set in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina in the 1920s and 1940s, is not a historically accurate retelling of the legend [of ‘The Iron Mountain Baby‘]. Instead, it takes the tragic circumstances from the original tale and creates a completely new sequence of events that could have also transpired with a similar start….”

Carmen Cusack starred in the original Broadway production of <em>Bright Star</em> (photo by Joan Marcus)

Carmen Cusack starred in the original Broadway production of Bright Star (photo by Joan Marcus)

 

According to the NCT’s news release:

“Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star — as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful — is a ‘shining achievement’ (The New York Times).

Bright Star’s creative team includes Tony and Emmy Award winner Eugene Lee (scenic design), Tony Award winner Jane Greenwood (costume design), Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (lighting design), Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg (sound design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Grammy Award winner Peter Asher (music supervision), Rob Berman (supervising music director and vocal arranger), and Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen (orchestrations).

“The Grammy-nominated original cast recording of Bright Star is available everywhere, and charted on five different Billboard lists in its first week of wide release. The cast album from Ghostlight Records placed at #1 on the Top Current Blue Grass Albums chart, #2 on the Top Broadway chart, #5 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart, as well as hitting the Top 100 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and Top 200 on the Overall Digital Albums chart. The album is produced by the legendary, multi-Grammy Award-winning producer, manager and musician Peter Asher.

“The Bright Star tour is produced by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, AT&T PAC/SHN (Dallas), Blumenthal Performing Arts (Charlotte), Broadway Series South (Raleigh), The Curran (San Francisco), Theatre Under the Stars (Houston), and Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles), in association with The Old Globe (San Diego).”

Jeff Blumenkrantz, AJ Shively, and Emily Padgett were part of the original Broadway cast of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical <em>Bright Star</em> (photo by Joan Marcus)

Jeff Blumenkrantz, AJ Shively, and Emily Padgett were part of the original Broadway cast of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new musical Bright Star (photo by Joan Marcus)

SECOND OPINION: April 13th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by David Menconi: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/article208473209.html and April 8th mini-preview by Roy C. Dicks: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/article206900694.html; and April 11th Durham, NC Indy Week mini-preview by Byron Woods: https://www.indyweek.com/arts/archives/2018/04/15/though-it-perplexed-new-york-steve-martin-and-edie-brickells-appalachian-musical-bright-star-should-fare-well-here and April 4th mini-preview by Byron Woods: https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/bright-star/Event?oid=12789056.

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre present BRIGHT STAR: A NEW MUSICAL at 7:30 p.m. April 17-20 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $20.15-$40.65.

BOX OFFICE:

Duke Energy Center Box Office: 919-996-8700 or info@dukeenergycenterraleigh.com (information only).

BSS GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-996-8707, group@raleighconvention.com, or http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south/group-sales.

NCT Box Office: 919-831-6941, ext. 6944, or http://www.nctheatre.com/tickets/season-tickets.

NCT GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-831-6941, ext. 6949; groups@nctheatre.com; or http://nctheatre.com/groups.

Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or https://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/2340418.

SHOW: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/bright-star-8230, https://nctheatre.com/shows/bright-star, and https://www.facebook.com/events/1293210237454864/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCetUq3Pevl1_kJKF-tq4d5w.

THE TOUR: http://brightstarmusical.com/, https://www.ibdb.com/tour-production/bright-star-516406 https://www.facebook.com/BrightStarBway/, https://twitter.com/BrightStarBway, and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCetUq3Pevl1_kJKF-tq4d5w.

THE TOUR CAST & CREATIVE TEAM: http://brightstarmusical.com/cast.php.

PRESENTERS:

Broadway Series South: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south, https://www.facebook.com/broadwayseriessouthraleigh, and https://twitter.com/BroadwaySouth.

2018 BSS SEASON: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south.

North Carolina Theatre: http://www.nctheatre.com/, https://www.facebook.com/nctheatre, https://twitter.com/nctheatre, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Theatre, and http://www.youtube.com/user/nctheatre.

NCT BLOG (Stage Notes): http://www.nctheatre.com/stage-notes.

2017-18 NCT SEASON: https://nctheatre.com/show-season/201718-season.

VENUE: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/venue/memorial-auditorium.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/directions.

PARKING: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/parking.

NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh will audio-describe the show’s 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21st, performance.

OTHER LINKS:

Bright Star: A New Musical (2014 San Diego and 2016 Broadway musical): http://brightstarmusical.com/ (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-show/bright-star-503621 (Internet Broadway Database), https://www.facebook.com/BrightStarBway/ (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/BrightStarBway/ (Twitter page), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bright_Star_(musical) (Wikipedia).

Steve Martin (music, book, and story): http://www.stevemartin.com/ (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/steve-martin-95761 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000188/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Martin (Wikipedia).

Edie Brickell (music, book, and story): http://ediebrickell.com/ (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/edie-brickell-503624 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0108567/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edie_Brickell (Wikipedia).

AUTHOR:

Robert W. McDowell has written articles for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, CVNC, and Triangle Arts and Entertainment, all based in Raleigh. He edits and publishes two FREE weekly e-mail newsletters. Triangle Review provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of local performing-arts events. (Start your FREE subscription by e-mailing robertm748@aol.com and typing SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) McDowell also maintains a FREE list of movie sneak previews. (To subscribe, e-mail robertm748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)

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