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Know Before You Go--BRIGHT STAR

THE MUSICAL

BRIGHT STAR takes place in North Carolina, vacillating between the “present” of the 1940’s and the “past” of the 1920’s.  In the present, Alice Murphy is the editor of the Asheville Southern Journal. Aspiring writer Billy Cane has just returned home from serving in World War II.  As their paths cross, Alice thinks back on her past.   At 16, she became pregnant.  Against her wishes, the baby was taken from her and offered up for adoption. 

Inspired by Billy’s small-town stories, Alice searches for the adoption papers of her child.  Unable to find them, Alice learns of the harrowing true story of what happened to her baby—it was thrown from a train in an effort to erase is existence. Ultimately, unforeseen twists of fate bring Alice and Billy’s stories together in a way no one would have expected.

 

 

THE WRITERS

Steve Martin (comedian/actor/writer/musician) and Edie Brickell (musician) are know separately for their successful careers.  But you may not know that they have collaborated on two albums: Love Has Come for You and So Familiar.  On their first album, the two native Texans wrote a song together called “Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby."  That song was the inspiration to write the bluegrass musical that became Bright Star.


 

“Edie and I wanted to create something that would resonate with all kinds of people. A genuine story with strong melodies and real emotion. I’ve been playing the banjo and writing music my entire life, and bringing BRIGHT STAR to Broadway is tremendously exciting.”

— STEVE MARTIN

 

“The first movie I ever saw in a theater was The Sound of Music. It was so powerful. I loved that every song was something you could sing, with simple, beautiful melodies. When we started to write our musical, I thought, I would love to write songs that bring such joy to people. So we brought our little acorn of an idea to Walter, who had the vision to make a treehouse!”

— EDIE BRICKELL

 

THE INSPIRATION

In 1902 William Helms was searching for discarded boards near a Missouri train track.  Instead, he found a discarded suitcase with a live baby inside.  The working theory was that someone on a passing train had been aiming to throw the suitcase in a nearby river.  Neither the perpetrator nor the mother was ever found, so William and his wife adopted the baby.  The story became folklore when in the 1940’s J. T. Barton wrote a song called “The Iron Mountain Baby” that was recorded by local singer Johnny Rion. To learn more about this strange but true story, click HERE.

 

 

 

SEE THE SHOW

We hope you'll join us at the Shubert for this wonderful show.

To  purchase tickets, please click HERE.

For information on group discounts, please call group sales manager John Michael Whitney at 203-562-5666.