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SPHS Musical ‘Bright Star’ to Debut April 19

The South Pasadena High School Drama program is excited to announce its upcoming production of the bluegrass-influenced, Tony-nominated musical “Bright Star.”
Written by comedian Steve Martin of “SNL” and “Only Murders in the Building,” and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, “Bright Star” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the South in the 1900s. The show is based on a true story and was nominated for five Tony Awards and won the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music.
When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past — and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.
Director Nick Hoffa promises an ambitious show that will leave the audience in tears of laughter, sadness and joy.
“It’s entertaining for sure … but it’s also a really emotional show,” Hoffa said. “The cast has met that challenge and then some. This has been my most collaborative experience with an SPHS musical and everyone — onstage and off — has had massive input on the lovely final version.”
The musical will grace the stage in Anderson Auditorium on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.
General admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children. Advanced tickets may be purchased online by visiting or contact Aimee Levie at for more information.

Note: While “Bright Star” has no language or violence and is frequently upbeat, there are mature themes and a tragic occurrence, and its consequences are depicted. There are also references to alcohol.

First published in the April 19 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

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