'Bright Star' by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Shines on Broadway

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan perform in 'Bright Star.' Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan perform in 'Bright Star.' (Nick Stokes)

With a book by comedian/actor/author Steve Martin, lyrics by singer/songwriter Edie Brickell and a bluegrass-inflected score by both, Bright Star comes to Broadway music with its creators as the most recognizable names on the marquee.

Set in North Carolina, the story jumps back and forth between moments in the life of Alice Murphy; it shows her both as a young rebellious girl in the 1920s and later as a sophisticated woman who runs a literary journal in the 1940s. As Alice, Carmen Cusack impresses in her Broadway debut, playing the main character at both stages. 

New York Times theater critic CharlesIsherwood describes the show as more gentle alternative to the usual Broadway spectacle. Hear more of his thoughts in the audio above. 

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