The 2021 Southridge Musical


Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

May 2021

Lincoln Amphitheatre

Special Sneak Preview of our Student Talent Just for you!

Get a sneak peak of our talent by listening to the opening number below.

This is the cast recording for now. I will put Maddie’s in and remove this text when we make the file.

“Endearing and emotionally sweeping, ‘Bright Star’ is a no-frills, narrative-driven musical that’s less about flash and more about its human-connective qualities, the very ones that will likely touch audience members in a much more cerebral, satisfying way. While it is seemingly intimate in execution, just below its rustic surfaces lay a more epic, modern-minded musical that’s mired in heartbreak and tragedy—but yet still ultimately enveloped in hope, triumph, and love.”

Bright Star is the story of one woman at two different points in her life: the first, when she is a wild young thing growing up barefoot and carefree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina; the second, when she is a well-to-do magazine editor in Asheville, 22 years later. Her story is inevitably woven with that of an idealistic young man named Billy, with whom she shares a mysterious connection. As a young teen in Zebulon, NC, Alice Murphy is hopelessly in love with small town heartthrob Jimmy Ray, the mayor’s son. Although their love was pure, it falls victim to the interference of ambitious parents, and their infant son is whisked away before their happy ending could ever begin. More than two decades later, Alice is the successful editor of The Asheville Southern Journal, and meets a promising young writer named Billy. The story continues to unfold with interesting twists and unexpected turns and has an ending that will warm your heart.

“Bright Star” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
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