About Bright Star

Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. 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. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.


Songs and Scenes

Act 1, Scene 1 - Limbo

          “If You Knew My Story” - Alice, Billy, Company

Act 1, Scene 2 - 1945. Billy's Home. Outside Hayes Creek

          “She's Gone” - Billy, Daddy Cane, Margo

Act 1, Scene 3 - 1945. Margo's Bookshop

          “Bright Star” - Billy, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 4 - 1945. Asheville. The Asheville Southern Journal

          “Way Back in the Day” - Alice, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 5 - 1923. A house in the very small town of Zebulon, North Carolina

          “Whoa, Mama” - Jimmy Ray, Alice, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 6 - 1923. Zebulon, North Carolina. A Cabin in the Woods

          “Firmer Hand/Do Right” - Daddy Murphy, Mama Murphy, Alice, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 7 - 1923. Zebulon. The Mayor's Living Room

          “A Man's Gotta Do” - Mayor, Jimmy Ray

Act 1, Scene 8 - 1945. Asheville. Alice's Office

Act 1, Scene 9 - 1945. Hayes Creek. Margo's Bookstore

          “Asheville” - Margo, Ensemble - “Picnic Dance” - Stanford, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 10 - 1923. A park in Zebulon

          “What Could Be Better” - Jimmy Ray, Alice, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 11 - 1923. Zebulon. A doctor's office

Act 1, Scene 12 - 1923. Zebulon. Mayor's house

Act 1, Scene 13 - 1923. Zebulon. Limbo

          “I Can't Wait" - Alice, Spirits, Jimmy Ray, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 14 - 1945. Asheville. Allice's office

Act 1, Scene 15 - 1924. Zebulon. A pathetic shack in the woods

          “Please, Don't Take Him” - Alice, Mama Murphy, Mayor, Stanford, Daddy Murphy, Ensemble

Act 1, Scene 16 - 1924. Interior of a train car

          "A Man's Gotta Do (Reprise) - Mayor, Ensemble

Act 2, Scene 0 - 1924. Train depot outside of Zebulon

          “Sun's Gonna Shine” - Mama Murphy, Alice, Ensemble

Act 2, Scene 1 - 1924. Zebulon. Mayor's living room

          “Heartbreaker” - Jimmy Ray

Act 2, Scene 2 - 1946. Shiny Penny Cafe and Bar, Asheville

          “Another Round” - Lucy, Daryl, Billy, Ensemble

Act 2, Scene 3 - 1946. The Asheville Southern Journal

Act 2, Scene 4 - Raleigh Hall of Records

Act 2, Scene 5 - 1946. Raleigh. A well-manicured street

          “I Had a Vision” - Jimmy Ray, Alice

Act 2, Scene 6 - 1946. Hayes Creek. Margo's Bookstore

          “Always Will” - Billy, Margo, Ensemble

Act 2, Scene 7 - 1946. Zebulon. Alice's childhood cabin

          "Sun's Gonna Shine (Reprise) - Mama Murphy

Act 2, Scene 8 - 1946. Outside Hayes Creek. Daddy Cane's house

          “So Familiar/At Long Last” - Alice, Ensemble

Act 2, Scene 9 - 1946. Asheville Southern Journal

          “Finale” - Alice, Jimmy Ray, Billy, Margo, Daryl, Lucy

The Riverside Players

The Riverside Players Community Theatre was established as a community theatre hoping to bring high-quality community theatre to Franklin County and surrounding areas. We have presented plays like The Odd Couple, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Almost, Maine, and Leaving Iowa, as well as musicals such as Pippin, Assassins, 9 to 5, All Shook Up, [title of show], and Something's Afoot. We are always looking for people who would like to join us to produce theatre and who would like to see theatre. See our Facebook page and our website theriversideplayers.com for more information.

Tim Buchheit - President and Co-Founder

Tara Steffens - Treasurer and Co-Founder

Clayton Smith - Co-Founder

Sarah Buchheit - Secretary

Brian Edler - Vice-President