On April 18, Birdland will present Bright Star Sings Jeff Blumenkrantz as part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series. The event will feature Bright Star cast members Carmen Cusack, Dee Hoty, Emily Padgett, and more in an evening of songs written by their Bright Star costar and Tony-nominated composer Jeff Blumenkrantz.
Bright Star is a new Broadway musical from Grammy and Emmy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. With direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, Bright Star is inspired by Brickell and Martin’s Grammy-winning album, Love Has Come for You. The story follows a young soldier who is just home from World War II. With the editor of a Southern literary journal, he discovers a secret that changes their lives.
Cusack stars as Alice and is joined in the cast by Hoty, Padgett, Blumenkrantz, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Stephen Lee Anderson, along with Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner-Dardenne, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks, and William Youmans.
In addition to contributing songs to the musical Urban Cowboy, Blumenkrantz is the recipient of the 2011 Fred Ebb Award, as well as commissions from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Guggenheim. His songs have been recorded by Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Rebecca Luker, Victoria Clark, and Alysha Umphress, among others.