Florida Studio Theatre Extends "Bright Star" Through January 17

Arts & Culture

SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY DEC 27, 2019

Due to audience demand, Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces the second extension of Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated musical and winner of the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Called “Shining” and “Outstanding” by The Observer, Bright Star tells an inspiring story of forbidden love, betrayal, and the power of compassion. With Music, Book, and Story by Steve Martin and Music, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell, Bright Star is now held over through Friday, January 17 in FST’s Gompertz Theatre.

Bright Star touches the chords of our souls,” shared Kate Alexander, Director of Bright Star. “It explores our need to belong—to need each other and to confront life’s sorrows, and it does so with unadulterated joy. This production shows the joy of reconciling life’s journey, not with pleasant diversions, or with a false ‘happily ever after’ ending, but with real work in understanding each other.” Inspired by a true story, Bright Star centers on Alice Murphy, an accomplished literary editor with a harrowing secret. When Alice meets Billy Cane, a young soldier returned from World War II with dreams of becoming a writer, he awakens in her a longing for the child she once lost. Alice sets out on a quest to understand her past, and what she discovers has the power to transform both of their lives.

Photo: Max Meyers. Photo by Matthew Holler.

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