Musical (2016)

Musique: Edie Brickell • Steve Martin
Paroles: Edie Brickell
Livret: Steve Martin
Production à la création:

Inspired by a true event, the wholly original new musical Bright Star tells 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.

Acte I
In 1946, editor Alice Murphy greets the audience and tells them that, instead of overseeing other people's stories, she is going to tell her own ("If You Knew My Story"). One year earlier, in the town of Hayes Creek, serviceman and aspiring writer Billy Cane returns home after serving in World War II. He reunites with his father and his childhood friend Margo before learning that his mother has died ("She's Gone"). Several weeks later, Billy visits Margo and tells her he is going to submit his stories to The Asheville Southern Journal ("Bright Star").
Upon arriving at the offices of the Journal, he finds himself rebuffed by employees Darryl and Lucy. However, Alice finds herself charmed by a brazen lie that Billy tells and considers accepting his stories. She later declines Lucy's invitation to a dance, but privately reflects on a time when she would have gone to a dance ("Way Back in the Day").
Flashing back to 1923, a sixteen-year-old Alice flirts with Jimmy Ray Dobbs in her hometown of Zebulon, North Carolina ("Whoa, Mama") When Alice returns home later that night, her parents reprimand her while pondering her unfortunate future. ("Firmer Hand/Do Right") Meanwhile, Jimmy Ray returns home only to be lectured by his father, Mayor Josiah Hobbs, on what the future holds for him ("A Man's Gotta Do").

In 1945, upon receiving encouragement from Alice in the form of a ten dollar check, Billy decides to settle down in Asheville and dedicate his time to writing. Margo reflects that she had other hopes for her future with Billy, but she decides to put her hopes aside and be supportive of his dreams. ("Asheville")
In 1923, Alice and Jimmy Ray make their way to the riverbank and make love ("What Could Be Better"). Sometime later, Alice goes to see the town physician after feeling ill only to learn she is pregnant. Josiah arranges for Alice to stay in a remote cabin for the duration of her pregnancy. She divides her time in isolation by knitting a sweater for the baby and talking about their child with Jimmy Ray when he visits ("I Can't Wait").

Shortly after giving birth to a baby son, Alice and her parents learn that Josiah has secretly put the child up for adoption. Alice tries to make him change his mind, but loses the argument ("Please, Don't Take Him"). Josiah departs with the baby in a valise and boards the train to Hayes Creek before throwing the valise into the river when no one is looking ("A Man's Gotta Do [Reprise]").

Acte 2
In 1924, Alice prepares to attend college in Chapel Hill and privately yearns to find her son. Meanwhile, in 1945, Margo talks with her friends about how she misses Billy ("Sun Is Gonna Shine"). Back in 1924, Jimmy Ray tells an ailing Josiah that he is going to meet Alice in Chapel Hill. When Josiah confesses what happened to the baby, Jimmy Ray decides to stay with his father after realizing he can't possibly tell Alice the truth ("Heartbreaker").

In 1946, Darryl and Lucy encounter a creatively frustrated Billy while sharing an after-work drink and try to cheer him up ("Another Round"). The next day, Alice tells Billy that one of his stories is set to be published in the Journal. He confesses that he has been writing about Hayes Creek before inviting her to see where his stories take place. She agrees before departing for Raleigh to complete some unfinished business.

In Raleigh, Alice requests permission to look through adoption papers drafted during the period when her son would have been registered. After failing to find what she is looking for, Alice encounters Jimmy Ray and learns about Josiah's actions ("I Had a Vision"). Back in Hayes Creek, Billy tells Margo that he's moving back home before realizing that she's the girl for him ("Always Will").
In Zebulon, Alice reconciles with her father after he apologizes for allowing Josiah to take the baby away from her. Not wanting to continue his distress any longer, she tells him the child was adopted by a good family and is living a successful life. She makes her way to Hayes Creek and sees Billy's childhood home where she discovers the baby sweater she sent with her son, discovering that she is Billy's birth mother ("So Familiar/At Long Last"). A few weeks later, everyone involved assembles in Asheville and gets a happy ending ("Finale").

Bright Star was workshoped by the New York Stage and Film at the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College in July 2013.] It had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre (San Diego) on September 28, 2014 and ran to November 2, 2014.
The musical opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on December 2, 2015.
The show began previews at the Cort Theatre on Broadway on February 25, 2016 before officially opening on March 24. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the cast features Carmen Cusack as Alice Murphy, Paul Alexander Nolan as Jimmy Ray Dobbs, A.J. Shively as Billy Cane, Hannah Elless as Margo Crawford, Michael Mulheren as Mayor Dobbs, Stephen Bogardus as Billy's father, Dee Hoty as Alice's mother, and Stephen Lee Anderson as Alice's father. Sound design is by Nevin Steinberg, choreography by Josh Rhodes, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jane Greenwood and lighting design by Japhy Weideman.
Despite support by Martin and Brickell, and occasional appearances by Martin, the musical closed on June 26, 2016 after 30 previews and 109 regular performances.

Acte I
If You Knew My Story" — Alice and Ensemble
"She's Gone" — Daddy Cane and Billy
"Bright Star" — Billy and Ensemble
"Way Back in the Day" — Alice and Ensemble
"Whoa, Mama" — Jimmy, Alice, and Ensemble
"Firmer Hand/Do Right" — Daddy Murphy, Mama Murphy, Alice, and Ensemble
"A Man's Gotta Do" — Mayor Dobbs and Jimmy
"Asheville" — Margo and Ensemble
"What Could Be Better" — Jimmy, Alice, and Ensemble
"I Can't Wait" — Alice, Jimmy, and Ensemble
"Please, Don't Take Him" — Mayor Dobbs, Alice, Daddy Murphy, Mama Murphy, Stanford Adams, and Ensemble
"A Man's Gotta Do [Reprise]" — Mayor Dobbs and Ensemble

Acte 2
Entr'acte — Orchestra
"Sun's Gonna Shine" — Alice, Mama Murphy, Margo, Daddy Cane, Edna, Florence, and Ensemble
"Heartbreaker" — Jimmy
"Another Round" — Lucy, Daryl, Billy, and Ensemble
"I Had a Vision" — Alice and Jimmy
"Always Will" — Billy, Margo, and Ensemble
"Can't Wait [Reprise]" — Ensemble
"So Familiar" — Alice and Ensemble
"At Long Last" — Alice and Ensemble
"Finale" — Ensemble

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Bright Star (2016-03-Cort Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Cort Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre : 30 previews - 109 représentations
Première Preview : 25 February 2016
Première: 24 March 2016
Dernière: 26 June 2016
Mise en scène : Walter Bobbie
Chorégraphie : Josh Rhodes
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Carmen Cusack (Alice Murphy), Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks et William Youmans
Presse : "The warming sounds of banjos, fiddles and even an accordion are filling the Cort Theater, bringing a fresh breeze from the South to the spring theater season." The New York Times

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