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Bright Star

Feb 22 – Mar 31
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre

“Downright wonderful! A Gorgeous Anthem to Optimism!

Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin

Music, Lyric & Story by Edie Brickell

​Produced by

Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson;Zebulon LLC, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Len Blavatnik, James L. Nederlander, Carson & Joseph Gleberman, Balboa Park Production;The Shubert Organization, Jamie deRoy/Catherine Adler/Cricket Jiranek

​In Association With

Rodger Hess, A.C. Orange International, Broadway Across America, Sally Jacobs & Warren Baker;Diana DiMenna, Exeter Capital, Agnes Gund, True Love Productions And The Old Globe

"Bright Star" is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036 (866)378-9758

Inspired by a real event, this bluegrass musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. Literary editor Alice Murphy enters a relationship with a young soldier just home from World War II that awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past — and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Barter Theatre brings you the first production of this show in the United States since its run on Broadway. See it here first at Barter Theatre!

Check out the PBS interview with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell...Click Here

We have added Zach Cooley's review of Barter Theatre's production to our blog. Click here to check it out.

Cast & Credits


(In Order of Appearance)

Alice Murphy: Jill Anderson

Bill Cane:Justin Tyler Lewis

Daddy Cane: Nick Koesters

Margo Crawford:Sarah Laughland

Max:Barrett Guyton

Florence:Kim Morgan Dean

Edna: Hope Quinn


Lucy Grant:Hope Quinn

Mama Murphy: Paris Bradstreet

Daddy Murphy:Nicholas Piper

Mayor Josiah Dobbs:Rick McVey

Jimmy Ray Dobbs:Andrew Hampton Livingston

Stanford:Sean MaximoCampos

Dr. Norquist:Nick Koesters

Government Clerk:Barret Guyton

Well-Dressed Woman:Kim Morgan Dean

Young Daddy Cane:Barrett Guyton


Conductor/Keyboards:Lee Harris

Fiddle:Kendra Jo Brook

Bass:Glenn Diamond

Banjo/Guitar:Sonny Franks

Drums/Percussion:Jerry C. Greene

Guitar/Mandolin:Travis F. Welch


Director:Richard Rose


Music Director:Lee Harris

Set Designer:Dale Jordan

Costume Designer:Amanda Aldridge

Lighting Designer:Dale Jordan

Sounds Designer:Tony Angelini

Assistant to the Choreographer:Ashley Campos

Dance Captain:Ashley Campos

Assistant Stage Manager:Victoria L. Sutton

Stage Manager:Cindi A. Raebel

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