Yesterday, I went with a gaggle of girlfriends to see Bright Star at the Kennedy Center. We had lunch at Clydes of Georgetown, crab cakes again!
I have been anticipating this musical for a few months, as it combines two favorites of mine, bluegrass and a musical. Steve Martin and Edie Brickwell wrote the story and all the music and lyrics. I LOVE Steve Martin, and have seen him play bluegrass with the Steep Canyon Rangers. His talents are amazing, a comedian, actor, musician, writer… seems he hit the motherlode.
And I absolutely loved it! The music, the sets, the actors, the story = a musical that exceeded my expectations. I read the Wash Post’s review here and so was not expecting to be wowed. Act 1 ended with a stunning scene that left me feeling sad and upset, even though I had figured out the ending. No spoiler here, you will have to go see it!
One of my favorite parts was the cabin set holding the musicians that whirled around the stage with actors dancing and singing through it. I admired the musicians and their ability to NOT be dizzy.
Bright Star closes at Kennedy Center today and moves on to Broadway. Vanity Fair has an article on it this month here. Enjoy!