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  Bright Star at Ahmanson Theatre

Bright Star

Ahmanson Theatre
135 North Grand Ave Los Angeles

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated, new Broadway musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- is "Broadway's most beautiful show" (WABC). Come see it at Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Thru - Nov 19, 2017

Price: $30-$130

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 213-628-2772

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  Bright Star Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Sounds like a musical you won't want to miss, right? Not so fast. "Bright Star" has a few flaws that are impossible to overlook. Let's start with the storytelling, which is so far-fetched it could make "Oklahoma!" seem like a work of documentary drama. Not to give too much away, but Alice's romantic impetuosity in her youth has fateful consequences that only a show as sentimentally over the top as this could happily resolve."
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Charles McNulty

Edge - Highly Recommended

"...This is one star that deserves the luster it received on Broadway, and I expect it will continue to shine for years to come. But if you can make sure to see Cusack in the lead role, do not miss your chance. She is perfection."
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Kevin Taft

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Iím not sure how to categorize Bright Star. You might call it a musical fable. Bluegrass on Broadway. A return to a simpler world. Whatever. It is a lovely way to spend an evening, and offers the full-throated delight of Carmen Cusack, the brightest star to come along in quite a while."
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Samuel Garza Bernstein

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Thereís no brighter star lighting up L.A. stages this month and next than the dazzling Carmen Cusack, reprising her Tony-nominated star turn as Alice Murphy in Steve Martin and Edie Brickellís Bright Star, a musical so stunningly staged and gorgeous to the ear that itís easy to go easy on its Stella Dallas/Imitation Of Life-style soap."
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Steven Stanley

Will Call - Somewhat Recommended

"...The show is ďcorny as Kansas in AugustĒ, as the song goes but itís an upper all the way. Itís manna from Bluegrass heaven, if youíre a fan of this genre. If not Ė the jury is still out but letís hope youíll become one before the final curtain. The band on stage never stops churning out lively melodies, they make the foot-stompiní dance numbers take second place. A little clogging might make the difference (choreography by Josh Rhodes). This melodrama takes place in North Carolina and spans several decades. Itís based on the true love story of Alice (Carmen Cusack) and Billy (A. J. Shively), fraught with obstacles, an out of wedlock pregnancy, paternal animosity, well, youíll see it all. The first act closes with a horrendous act, which will not be disclosed here."
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Ingrid Wilmot

Haines His Way - Highly Recommended

"...Carmen Cusack is pure joy personified from the opening notes of the show. Her voice contains the heartbreaking catch of Patsy Cline's as well as the pure C&W twang of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. She effortlessly transforms herself from the 1945 sophisticated magazine editor Miss Murphy to Alice, her much younger self, a girl too smart to stay in her hometown but not smart enough to avoid becoming an unwed mother. The heartbreak of having her baby taken from her is palpable in "Please Don't Take Him," especially coming after her beautiful lullaby "I Can't Wait"."
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Rob Stevens

Ticket Holders LA - Recommended

"...Let me start by saying Martin and Brickell's plot is about as predictable as Dotard Donnie's reaction to criticism ("Sad!"), but still their bluegrass-tinged music is gloriously infectious, while Walter Bobbie's direction is extraordinarily fluid and the simple but effective design elements in the production could not be more impressive. Add to this a wonderful ensemble cast, particularly Carmen Cusack, A.J. Shively, Jeff Blumenkrantz, and Stephen Lee Anderson all reprising their original Broadway performances, and a worldclass band led by musical director/keyboardist Anthony DeAngelis-showcasing the dynamic George Guthrie on banjo and Martha McDonnell on violin-and even the script's most predictable and improbable themes can be forgiven."
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