The Kennedy Center

Carmen Cusack in Bright Star

Bright Star

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - Sunday, January 10, 2016

Holidays Theater

From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s.

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Bright Star
Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement!

Inspired by an astonishing 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 a shocking incident from her past. Together they discover a long-buried secret with the power to transform their lives.
From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes this hopeful and heart-swelling new musical, directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie. Don't miss this powerful reminder that even in the darkest sky, there's always one… Bright Star.
Carmen Cusack reprises the role of Alice, which she originated in Bright Star's world premiere production, and will be joined by co-stars Paul Alexander Nolan, Tony Award nominee Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz, along with 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 and William Youmans.

Recommended for age 12 and up.

Performance Timing: Act One - 65 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Two - 55 min.

Ring in 2016 with music and dancing from 10:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring soul/funk master Sir Joe Quarterman and FreeSoul, young soulful singers Michael Mwenso & The Shakes featuring Brianna Thomas, a social photo booth, champagne and other drinks for purchase, and a big balloon drop and confetti countdown at midnight!

Preferred Seats Offer to American Express Card Members for Bright Star at the Kennedy Center
American Express Card Members can access preferred seating for Bright Star, on stage at the Kennedy Center this winter (Dec. 10, 2015–Jan. 10, 2016). Click here to access your American Express Preferred Seating tickets.

Watch and Listen

First Rehearsal of BRIGHT STAR

In the Studio with Bright Star