A tryout journey that began last year at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre will continue east to Broadway with its next stop now set: The Steve Martin/Edie Brickell-penned musical Bright Star will have a run at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater beginning December 2 and running through January 10, 2016, according to a statement from producer Joey Parnes that was spoon-fed to the New York Times earlier today. Parnes says he anticipates a Broadway opening later in the season.
The collaboration between the two eclectic artistic polymaths began with their superb 2013 album Love Has Come For You. Staged by Walter Bobbie and “based on a true event,” Bright Star is set in the South between the 1920s and ’40s. It concerns the relationship between a literary editor and a soldier just back from WWII, a connection that inspires the editor to confront her past.
The show has a book and lyrics by Martin (who just took home the AFI Lifetime Achievement honors), music and lyrics by Brickell and choreography by Josh Rhodes. The sets are by Eugene Lee (Wicked, Saturday Night Live), costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Nevin Steinberg.