“Bright Star,” the musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, has mapped out its route to Broadway, setting a pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., prior to a planned opening in New York in spring 2016.
Walter Bobbie (“Chicago”) will direct the show, produced by Joey Parnes, the Tony-winning producer of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Bobbie reprises his directorial duties on the show after staging its world premiere in September 2014 at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.
Martin and Brickell collaborated on the music, with Brickell penning the lyrics and Martin writing the show’s book. The musical was inspired by their collaboration on country-bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You” (which won them a Grammy in 2014).
The plot of the show, set in the South in the 1920s and 1940s, centers on a successful literary editor and her relationship with a soldier just back from WWII. At the Old Globe, the show earned mixed but upbeat reviews, with particular praise for the score but suggestions that the story and characters needed a bit of work.
“Bright Star” will play the Kennedy Center Dec. 2-Jan. 10 before landing on Broadway, with the exact details of a New York run yet to be set. No casting has been announced.