SYNOPSIS: This new bluegrass musical by comedian/musician Steve Martin and folk singer Edie Brickell tells the story of a romance between Alice Murphy, a small-town girl in 1923 in the deep south, and Jimmy Ray, the Mayor’s son. When Alice conceives a baby out of wedlock, the Mayor persuades her to give up the baby for adoption to save Billy Ray’s future career. The story jumps forward to 1945, when Alice Murphy has become the editor of a local literary journal publishing some of the most important young southern writers of her generation. When a young man just returned from war submits his stories to her, she doesn’t realize that the past she thought she had long ago buried has returned in unexpected ways.
LANGUAGE: None, beyond the occasional “damn” or “Good Lord.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There may be some incidental drinking and smoking, particularly as the characters attend dances and parties.
SEX: None. The plot turns on a baby conceived out of wedlock, but there is no sexual activity beyond kissing in the play.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Bright Star is a family friendly musical suitable for the entire family, including children aged 5 and older.
RATING: If it were a movie, Bright Star would be rated “PG.”
This production is sponsored by:
THE EMMA ECCLES JONES FOUNDATION
Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation