Bright Star Review
Before heading to my review of Bright Star on Broadway in New York City, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, I want to give you some background about my love/hate relationship with Broadway. In a nutshell….there are very few Broadway Shows that I love. Jersey Boys, Mama Mia and Rock of Ages are my all time favorite shows. Do you sense a pattern yet? If I don’t know the music, I don’t love it. When I was invited to preview Bright Star, I thought long and hard before accepting the invite. Would I be able to keep an open mind? Would I be able to enjoy a broadway play where I didn’t know 90% of the music?
The premise of the play, Bright Star, peaked my interest and I took a chance. If this was the lottery, that chance would have payed off big time – Mega Millions Big Time. My husband and I were in complete awe. From the first song, we fell in mad, mad love with Carmen Cusack. Her voice, those banjos, that music…..captured my full attention. For the first time in my broadway life, I wasn’t checking to see when intermission was and how many songs remained. I was all in, loving it and disappointed when the show ended. I wanted more!
While some of you may be thinking, I want nothing to do with a banjo playing play – Bright Star had me at the first song. If I closed my eyes, I would have thought I was listening to a country music station. Carmen Cusack has a beautiful voice.
The play is set in rural North Carolina in two periods, the 1920s and the 1940s. It took me a few minutes to realize that the central figure, a literary-magazine editor named Alice, is also the same young woman, who falls in love with the Mayor’s son, Jimmy Ray Dobbs. While the young couple go their separate ways, we see the older Alice meet Billy Cane, a young aspiring writer, who she feels a connection with. The show, based on a true story, leaves the audience in awe with “the end of the first act so shocking that the audience sits there for a while, stunned.” After intermission, the story continues to shock the audience but leaves them with the feel good ending, that everything will work out in the end.
Bright Star is written by the well know comedian, Steve Martin and musician, Edie Brickell. Martin and Brickell had a desire to bring joy to other people and to bring a show and music you could sing along to with your family. It looks like they were a success!
Bright Star is sure to be a smash hit and a must see when in New York City and we have a discount code where you can get tickets as low as $39 for performances thru 6/12. Just use the code BSBLOG303 here —-> http://brightstarmusical.com/.
Disclosure: I received two comped tickets to the show but as always – all opinions are my own.