Press Room

PTC presents “Bright Star” by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

January 3, 2018
For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Madeleine Gail Rex
madeleine.rex@ptc.utah.edu
801-581-7222

2016 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNING &
2016 TONY AWARD NOMINATED BEST MUSICAL

STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL’S

B R I G H T S T A R

IS COMING TO SALT LAKE CITY
OPENING JAN. 12 AT PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY

“A GORGEOUS ANTHEM TO OPTIMISM!”
– Variety

Bright Star, the new musical from Grammy®, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award®-winning Edie Brickell, opens at Pioneer Theatre Company, running January 12 – 27, 2018. Tickets are available at tickets.pioneertheatre.org.

Bright Star, with direction by Tony Award® winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music. It also received five 2016 Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actress in a Musical and Best Orchestrations.

Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star-as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful-is a “shining achievement” (The New York Times).

Bright Star‘s creative team includes Tony and Emmy Award® winner Eugene Lee (Scenic Design), Tony Award® winner Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), Tom Watson (Hair and Wig Design), Grammy Award® winner Peter Asher (Music Supervision), Rob Berman (Supervising Music Director & Vocal Arranger) and Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen (Orchestrations).

The Grammy Nominated original cast recording of Bright Star is now available everywhere, and charted on five different Billboard lists in its first week of wide release. The cast album from Ghostlight Records placed at #1 on the Top Current Blue Grass Albums chart, #2 on the Top Broadway chart, #5 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart, as well as hitting the Top 100 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and Top 200 on the Overall Digital Albums chart. The album is produced by the legendary, multi-Grammy Award- winning producer, manager and musician Peter Asher.

The Bright Star tour is produced by Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles) by special arrangement with Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, AT&T PAC/SHN (Dallas), Blumenthal Performing Arts (Charlotte), Broadway Series South (Raleigh), The Curran (San Francisco) and Theatre Under The Stars (Houston) in association with The Old Globe (San Diego).

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www.BrightStarMusical.com
www.twitter.com/BrightStarBway

MEDIA EVENT: There will be a media event on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., including interviews and photos with Carmen Cusack, other principal actors and musicians. The participating musicians will perform for the media. Please call Madeleine Rex at 801-581-7222 to RSVP.

MEDIA PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production are currently available for media use on the PTC website. Go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos/ to view the photos.

For hi-res versions, click here.

WHO:
Pioneer Theatre Company and Center Theatre Group

WHAT:
Bright Star
Music, book and story by Steve Martin
Music, lyrics and story by Edie Brickell

WHEN:
January 12 – 27, 2018

TIMES:
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

PRICES:
$42 – $64 in advance, and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show
Kids in grades K-12 are half-price on Mondays and Tuesdays

MORE INFO:
Box Office: 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
www.pioneertheatre.org

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CAST:

CARMEN CUSACK………………Alice Murphy
STEPHEN LEE ANDERSON………Daddy Murphy
DAVID ATKINSON……………….Daddy Cane
JEFF AUSTIN……………………Mayor Josiah Dobbs
MADDIE SHEA BALDWIN………..Margo Crawford
JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ………….Daryl Ames
ALLISON BRINER-DARDENNE……Mama Murphy
PATRICK CUMMINGS……………Jimmy Ray Dobbs
KAITLYN DAVIDSON…………….Lucy Grant
A.J. SHIVELY……………………Billy Cane
DEVIN ARCHER………………….Ensemble, u.s. Jimmy Ray Dobbs
KELLY BAKER…………………..Swing
AUDREY CARDWELL…………….Ensemble, Edna, u.s. Alice Murphy
HAYDEN CLIFTON…………………..Ensemble, Max, u.s. Daryl Ames
ROBIN DE LANO…………………Ensemble, County Clerk, u.s. Mama Murphy
RICHARD GATTA………………..Dance Captain, Fight Captain, Swing
DAVID KIRK GRANT……………..Ensemble, Dr. Norquist, u.s. Mayor Josiah Dobbs & Daddy Murphy
DONNA LOUDEN…………………Swing, u.s. Alice Murphy
KEVIN MCMAHON………………..Ensemble, Stanford Adams, u.s. Daddy Cane
ALESSA NEECK…………………..Ensemble, Florence, u.s. for Margo Crawford and Lucy Grant
ROBERT PIERANUNZI……………Swing, Assistant Dance Captain
MICHAEL STARR…………………Ensemble, u.s. Billy Cane

All cast are members of Actors’ Equity Association.

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Music, book and story………………………………………………Steve Martin
Music, lyrics and story………………………………………………Edie Brickell
Director……………………………………………………………..Walter Bobbie
Choreographer………………………………………………………Josh Rhodes
Scenic Design………………………………………………………..Eugene Lee
Costume Design……………………………………………………..Jane Greenwood
Lighting Design………………………………………………………Japhy Weideman
Sound Design………………………………………………………. Nevin Steinberg
Hair and Wig Design………………………………………………..Tom Watson
Scenic Design Supervisor……………………………………………Edward Pierce
Associate Choreographer……………………………………………Lee Wilkins
Music Supervisor…………………………………………………….Peter Asher
Supervising Music Director & Vocal Arrangements…………………Rob Berman
Orchestrations………………………………………………………August Eriksmoen
Music Director/Conductor, Piano/Accordion………………………Anthony de Angelis
Music Coordinator………………………………………………….Seymour Red Press
Production Stage Manager………………………………………….Shawn Pennington
Stage Manager………………………………………………………Geoff Maus
Stage Manager………………………………………………………Kirsten Parker
Company Manager………………………………………………….David van Zyll de Jong