Jan. 6th, 2016

Bright Star

Jan. 6th, 2016 10:49 pm
imwalde: (Birdhouse)
Last weekend I saw a new musical Bright Star at the Kennedy Center. It's playing a limited engagement before heading to Broadway later this year.

Description: "From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s."

It was ok. I didn't hate it, but honestly, I didn't love it either. The cast was very talented, but the material was sort of meh. Twangy songs are not my favorite thing, but more than that, the story/songs felt largely uninspired, although the cast tried its damnedest. It just did not feel like a story that needed to be told? My personal theory is that Steve Martin is gunning for the T in his would-be EGOT. I will give it credit, though, that several of the songs stick with you, which is more than I can say for some other musicals I've seen lately.

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