Bright Star - Inspired by a True Story


Bright Star

Inspired by a true story

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September 6 – 29, 2019

Main Stage

Tickets: Starting at $53 (Previews $36)

Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Musical Direction by Eric Alsford
Choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck

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Set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bright Star weaves an emotional tale of love, loss, and understanding told through the timeless sounds of bluegrass music. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell wrote the beautiful music, book, and lyrics that provide a perfect vehicle for this compelling dramatic story.  

Regional Premiere


Genre: Bluegrass, Broadway, Drama


Content: Young Adult to Adult


Performance Dates

Performances: September 6 – 29, 2019, Tues – Sat at 7:30 pm, Wed at 1:00 pm, Sat – Sun at 2:00 pm


Get in the mood for the music of  Bright Star  with this playlist of classic and Newgrass tunes!


Talk Backs

These discussions offered after select performances cover interesting subjects about the production with members of the cast, director and/or designers.

Talk Back opportunities:

  • Tuesday, September 17 after the 7:30 pm performance
  • Wednesday, September 25 after the 1 pm performance
  • Thursday, September 26 after the 7:30 pm performance

Cast List


Alice Murphy - Merideth Kaye Clark*


Billy Cane - Jake Mendes*


Daddy Cane - Jeffrey Roark*


Margo Crawford - Steph Holmbo


Daryl Ames - Elliot Peterson*


Lucy Grant - Rebecca Spence


Jimmy Ray Dobbs - Dieter Bierbrauer*


Daddy Murphy - Mark Rubald*


Mamma Murphy - Abby Apple Boes


Mayor Dobbs - Larry Cahn*




Michelle Sergeeff*


Lauren Shealy*


Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck*


Seles Vanhuss*


Leiney Rigg*


Nolan Baker*


Joe Callahan*


Seth Dhonau*


Benjamin Roeling*


Zayaz Da Camara*


* Indicates Member, Actors’ Equity Association/on AEA contract for this production.


Learn More

The storytelling tradition of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a major theme of Bright Star. Read more on the Arvada Center Blog.


Happy Hour with the cast

Stay after the performance and enjoy a social happy hour with the cast! Complimentary light snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

Happy Hour opportunities:

  • Friday, September 20 after 7:30 pm performance

Theatre Salons

Have a passion for theatre? Then join the Arvada Center Theatre Salon where you’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the script and its themes, the sets and costumes, the playwright and the history behind it all. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the production and meet the people who make it happen!

Theatre Salon dates:

  • Classes: Thursday evenings 7-9 pm, September 12 – October 3, 2019
  • Performance: September 26 at 7:30 pm

Learn More & Register