Bright Star Reviews
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Pat Geffner from Los Angeles, California
I WAS TOTALLY MOVED.
Carmen Cusack was utterly perfect for this sort of blue grass/ country and western musical. Her voice and the music totally moved me to tears and joy. I hadn’t heard about this show; we just went because it was on our subscription. But it totally knocked me off my feet which were still tapping to the music as we left the cheering audience out of the theater.
J. Purins from Los Angeles, California
INVENTIVE STAGING & STRONG CAST ENLIVEN TRITE STORY
Comparing the Ahmanson staging to the NY production I saw 18 months ago, it’s largely the same cast including lead Carmen Cusack who has gained more command of the stage so that it has become her character’s story whereas in NY she almost blended in to the ensemble. The music is tuneful and fun, and if the story line is predictable it is leavened by some very funny lines as well as heartfelt emotions. The staging and choreography are very inventive and theatrical, with actors rearranging the scenic props and creating atmosphere as in Hamilton. Probably the biggest difference is in watching this story of kindness, forgiveness and redemption during our current political climate when those themes take on a new importance and relevance. There isn’t any cursing but there is an extremely emotional scene dealing with child abandonment that may disturb some children. Other than that, it’s enjoyable for all. Tip: For intermission drinks, go to the bar outside on patio - much shorter line.
Andrea Giambrone from Los Angeles, California
A BRIGHT LIGHT IN THEATRE
For starters, ignore Charles McNulty's curmudgeonly review of this show in the L.A. Times. He does it an annoying disservice. "Bright Star" shines brightly as a charming piece of folklore, an oh so lovely presentation of lives intertwining in unexpected, if unlikely, ways. Bluegrass music, it turns out, is a joy. The audience found itself - me included - clapping its hands and having a fine time of it. The performances are wonderful, anchored by the superb Carmen Cusack: herself a very bright star. Prepare to leave the theatre delighted that you decided to brighten your day by getting tickets to this refreshingly old-fashioned - happy ending and all - bright light of a show.
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