Bright Star

Jan. 6th, 2016 10:49 pm
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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.

Date: 2016-01-07 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a2zmom.livejournal.com
I have tickets to see the new musical "Shuffle Along" starring Audra McDonald and Savion Glover. That's in the spring. I can not wait. I've never seen Audra live.

Date: 2016-01-07 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imwalde.livejournal.com
I am intrigued and will investigate. I've never seen her either, but Savion Glover!!! I was supposed to see him in Bring in Da Funk, Bring in Da Noise years ago, but the show we saw, it was his understudy! (I believe he might have been in jail for possession or some such?) I've been longing to see him ever since.

Date: 2016-01-07 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a2zmom.livejournal.com
I saw Savion a few year ago during his "Classical Tap" tour. What an incredible talent.

Date: 2016-01-08 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imwalde.livejournal.com
I hope I get to see him this time!

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