Bright Star at The Ahmanson

BRIGHT STAR is a musical created by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. The show takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1946. Billy Cane is a young soldier who is fresh out of war. He aspires to be a writer and meets Alice Murphy, an editor of a southern literary journal. They both discover a secret that changes their lives.

I first saw the show in 2014 at The Old Globe in San Diego. Since then, the musical has gone through some changes and has smoothed out the storyline. There were a lot of kinks before, however, this latest version was a success!

The blue grass band was absolutely divine. Their sound was superb and the orchestration was lovely. It was great having them on stage with the cast. Carmen Cusack who played Alice Murphy was strong, powerful and commanded the stage. Maddie Shea Baldwin who played Margo Crawford played a sweet, innocent girl who loved Billy madly. The leading men in the show were not as vocally strong as the women which is my only critique.

My favorite aspect of the show was the ensemble. They were the glue that kept the entire show together. They were on stage almost the entire time and helped move the plot along.

BRIGHT STAR is playing now through November 19th in Los Angeles. More details here: https://www.centertheatregroup.org

Rating: To Be

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