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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Outer Critics Circle Award Winner for Best Musical and Tony Nominated Bright Star Closing

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 22:52


Producers for the Broadway musical Bright Star, with music and lyrics by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, announced Tuesday that the show is closing. Despite winning the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score, the musical undeservedly went home empty handed at the Tony Awards on Sunday, where it was nominated for 5 Awards, including Best Musical. Centered in two close time periods in the early-to-mid 1900’s, the show follows the story of parallel characters who are falling in love in the Deep South during a time when religion, proscribed morality, and family reputation trumped all else, including even life. The orchestra, who plays a prominent role in the staging of the show, is made of mostly strings and percussion. They bring a soaring score to life that is only made stronger by the incredible voices of the leads, Tony nominated Carmen Cusack (one of the finest actors and singers I’ve ever seen on stage) and Paul Alexander Nolan. The characters of Bright Star are totally loveable and relatable. And their story and struggles are real, heartbreaking, and at times, tragic. This coupled with the show’s incredible music brings their human experiences to life and truly solidifies the show as phenomenal! I selected the show for Best Musical of last season. But I knew it didn’t have a chance against Hamilton and would soon shutter after the Tonys. Bright Star plays its final performance at 3pm at the Cort Theater on June 26th. Below, watch the incredibly talented cast of Bright Star perform the opening number, “If You Knew My Story” on the Tony Awards:

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