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Bright Star [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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>Brickell, Edie : Bright Star, musical
>Brickell, Edie : Sun Is Gonna Shine, song (from the musical "Bright Star")
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Personnel: Randy Cohen (keyboard programming); Nevin Steinberg (sound effects).

Recording information: MSR Studios, NYC (03/13/2016-03/15/2016).

The musical Bright Star was inspired by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Grammy Award-winning 2013 LP Love Has Come for You, which saw the multi-talented comedy legend and ex-New Bohemian crafting a solid, easygoing set of bluegrass-kissed, country-folk-pop gems. Written by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star's simple story of love and redemption is a familiar one, and that familiarity provides fertile ground for Martin and Brickell's bucolic and agreeable melodies. Fans of Love Has Come for You, as well as the duo's 2015 sequel So Familiar, will feel right at home, as some of the material is taken directly from the source. Strong performances from Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Hannah Elless, the latter of whom delivers a show-stopping rendition of Love Has Come for You highlight "Asheville," help to elevate some of the narrative's more predictable beats. Musically, Brickell and Martin explore every facet of the country-folk genre, delivering boot-stomping hoedowns ("Whoa Mama," "Bright Star"), wistful folk-pop ("What Could Be Better"), bluesy torch songs ("So Familiar"), and even a little big-band-kissed country swing ("Another Round"). At times, it all feels a little like a Prairie Home Companion episode that's been shoe-horned into a Christopher Guest film, but it's hard not to root for Bright Star, even in its most treacly, homespun moments. Each note and lyric is delivered with such unabashed benevolence and countryside gusto, that by the time show reaches its gospel-tinged finale, the listener feels compelled to link arms with the cast and bow. ~ James Christopher Monger



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>Brickell, Edie : Bright Star, musical
  • Performers: Stephen Anderson (Voice); Deborah Assael-Migliore (Cello); Maddie Baldwin (Voice); Steve Bartosik (Drums); Steve Bartosik (Percussion); Bobby Baxmeyer (Guitar); Bobby Baxmeyer (Mandolin); Rob Berman (Accordion); Rob Berman (Piano); Jeff Blumenkrantz (Voice); Stephen Bogardus (Voice); Kenny Brescia; Allison Briner (Voice); Max Chernin (Voice); David Creswell (Viola); David Creswell (Violin); Pat Cummings (Voice); Carmen Cusack (Voice); Anthony De Angelis (Accordion); Anthony De Angelis (Autoharp); Anthony De Angelis (Keyboards); Sandra Denise (Voice); Hannah Elless (Voice); Richard Gatta (Voice); Dee Hoty (Voice); Lizzie Klemperer (Voice); Michael Martin (Voice); Martha McDonnell (Violin); William Michals (Baritone); Michael Mulheren (Voice); Paul Nolan (Voice); Emily Padgett (Voice); Tony Roach (Voice); Sarah Shanks (Voice); A.J. Shively (Voice); Bennett Sullivan (Banjo); Bennett Sullivan (Guitar); Wiliam Youmans (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rob Berman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Steve Martin (1945 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016

>Brickell, Edie : Sun Is Gonna Shine, song (from the musical "Bright Star")
  • Performers: Deborah Assael-Migliore (Cello); Maddie Baldwin (Voice); Steve Bartosik (Drums); Steve Bartosik (Percussion); Bobby Baxmeyer (Guitar); Bobby Baxmeyer (Mandolin); Rob Berman (Accordion); Rob Berman (Piano); Kenny Brescia; Allison Briner (Voice); Max Chernin (Voice); David Creswell (Viola); David Creswell (Violin); Pat Cummings (Voice); Carmen Cusack (Voice); Anthony De Angelis (Accordion); Anthony De Angelis (Autoharp); Anthony De Angelis (Keyboards); Sandra Denise (Voice); Richard Gatta (Voice); Lizzie Klemperer (Voice); Michael Martin (Voice); Martha McDonnell (Violin); William Michals (Baritone); Tony Roach (Voice); Sarah Shanks (Voice); Bennett Sullivan (Banjo); Bennett Sullivan (Guitar); Wiliam Youmans (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rob Berman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Steve Martin (1945 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015