BRIGHT STAR was nominated for five Tony Awards and called “a shining achievement” by The New York Times. It received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding Score.
Inspired by real events, BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1920s and ‘40s. The story follows young writer Billy Cane, recently returned from World War II, and Alice Murphy, the editor who takes a chance on him. As Billy mines his childhood home for engaging stories, Alice sets out to explore the pain and mystery of her own small-town past. The overlapping secrets they uncover lead them into a startling and heart-warming connection.
BRIGHT STAR is set in Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. This production is the Western North Carolina premiere and North Carolina professional theatre premiere. SART is thrilled to bring this musical home to the Western North Carolina region. SART has hired local professional actors and musicians for BRIGHT STAR. Credits among the cast and band include Broadway, Broadway National tours, European tours, and countless regional theatre credits.
Complete Casting: Jason Watson (Jimmy Ray), Chelsey Lee Gaddy (Alice Murphy), Natalie Brouwer (Margo), Maximillian Koger (Billy), Liz Aiello (Mama Murphy), Kathleen Watson (Lucy/Edna), Timothy Wilds (Mayor Dobbs), Lyn Nihart (Daddy Cane), John Hall (Daddy Murphy), Ameila Wilds (Florence), Tony Medlin (Stanford), Dr. Norquist (Doug Hauschild), Mario Pando-Harmon (Daryl) and Calum Kramer (Max).
Directed by SART’s Producing Artistic Director Amanda Sayles, choreographed by Anthony Romeo, music direction by Brad Curtioff, lighting design by Andrew Zebroski, set design by Jeff Weber, costume design by Jenny Webb, sound design by Cassidy Robbins, and stage managed by Tia Turner.
Performances will run May 30-June 16, Thursday- Saturday at 7:30, and matinees on both Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30. Tickets are $34 (premium seating), $29 (standard seating), and $18(students and children). Additionally, we offer a discounted group rate of $20 (groups of 10 or more). Tickets can be purchased via the SART website: sartplays.com, or by calling the SART box office: 828.689.1232.