Bright Star [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Bright Star [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

by Steve Martin & Edie BrickellSteve Martin & Edie Brickell




The musical Bright Star was inspired by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Grammy Award-winning 2013 LP Love Has Come for You, which saw the multi-talented comedy legend and ex-New Bohemian crafting a solid, easygoing set of bluegrass-kissed, country-folk-pop gems. Written by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star's simple story of love and redemption is a familiar one, and that familiarity provides fertile ground for Martin and Brickell's bucolic and agreeable melodies. Fans of Love Has Come for You, as well as the duo's 2015 sequel So Familiar, will feel right at home, as some of the material is taken directly from the source. Strong performances from Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Hannah Elless, the latter of whom delivers a show-stopping rendition of Love Has Come for You highlight "Asheville," help to elevate some of the narrative's more predictable beats. Musically, Brickell and Martin explore every facet of the country-folk genre, delivering boot-stomping hoedowns ("Whoa Mama," "Bright Star"), wistful folk-pop ("What Could Be Better"), bluesy torch songs ("So Familiar"), and even a little big-band-kissed country swing ("Another Round"). At times, it all feels a little like a Prairie Home Companion episode that's been shoe-horned into a Christopher Guest film, but it's hard not to root for Bright Star, even in its most treacly, homespun moments. Each note and lyric is delivered with such unabashed benevolence and countryside gusto, that by the time show reaches its gospel-tinged finale, the listener feels compelled to link arms with the cast and bow.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2016
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558450125
catalogNumber: 8450102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell   Primary Artist
Steve Martin   Primary Artist
Pat Cummings   Vocals
Deborah Assael-Migliore   Cello
Stephen Bogardus   Vocals
Dee Hoty   Vocals
Stephen Lee Anderson   Vocals
Rob Berman   Piano,Accordion,Conductor
Michael Pearce   Bass
Jeff Blumenkrantz   Vocals
Kenny Brescia   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Mulheren   Vocals
William Youmans   Vocals
William Michals   Vocals
Steve Bartosik   Percussion,Drums
David Creswell   Violin,Viola
Allison Briner   Vocals
Bobby Baxmeyer   Guitar,Mandolin
Michael X. Martin   Vocals
Emily Padgett   Vocals
Carmen Cusack   Vocals
Tony Roach   Vocals
A.J. Shively   Vocals
Bennett Sullivan   Banjo,Guitar
Sandra Denise   Vocals
Sarah Jane Shanks   Vocals
Paul Alexander Nolan   Vocals
Hannah Elless   Vocals
Anthony De Angelis   Accordion,Autoharp,Keyboards
Richard Gatta   Vocals
Max Chernin   Vocals
Martha McDonnell   Violin
Maddie Shea Baldwin   Vocals
Lizzie Klemperer   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Martin   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Peter Asher   Producer,Liner Notes
Edie Brickell   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes
Jack Mason   Pro-Tools
Walter Bobbie   Direction
Rob Berman   Vocal Arrangements,Music Direction
Mick Wiggins   Cover Art
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
August Eriksmoen   Orchestration
Nevin Steinberg   Sound Effects
Joey Parnes   Executive Producer
Cathy Kwon   Company Manager
Jackman   Producer
Michael J. Passaro   Production Stage Manager
Jay Alix   Producer

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