Bright Star


FLORIDA PREMIERE. Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells a sweeping musical tale of love and redemption. Set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1940s, literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II who 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.

Bright Star with music, book, and story by Steve Martin and music, lyrics, and story by Edie Brickell will play from November 6, 2019 - January 3, 2020 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW to see all 4 Mainstage shows for as little as $69!

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With a full food and drink menu featuring such favorites as fresh salads, flat breads, homemade quiche, and more, FST’s on-site restaurants offer something for all tastes!

Dining Times for FST's Green Room Café and Bar:

2PM performances: reservations begin at 12:15PM
3PM performances: dining is available post show
7PM performances: reservations begin at 5:15PM
8PM performances: reservations begin at 6:15PM

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Bright Star is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. (866) 378-9758




Director  |  Kate Alexander
Music Director  |  Paul Helm
Scenic Designer  |  Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designer |  Kathleen Geldard
Lighting Designer  |  Nick Jones
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp
Choreographer  |  Ellie Mooney


Daddy Murphy  |  DC Anderson*
Mama Murphy/ Florence  |  Mimi Bessette*
Darryl Ames/Max/Doctor  |  Michael Gray Grieve
Alice Murphy |  Meredith Jones*
Billy Cane  |  Max Meyers*
Mayor Dobbs  |  Travis Mitchell*
Lucy Grant/Edna |  Rachel Mulcahy
Jimmy Ray Dobbs  |  Blake Price*
Margo/Well Dressed Woman |  Ashley Rose*
Daddy Cane |  William Selby*


Banjo |  Howie Banfield
Guitar |  Chuck Davis
Piano  |  Paul Helm
Upright Bass  |  Kroy Presley


Watch the original Broadway cast perform “If You Knew My Story” at the 2016 Tony Awards  |  WATCH

Get an inside sneak peek into the making of Bright Star, as told by show creator Steve Martin  |  LISTEN

Need a lift? Watch “Sun is Gonna Shine” from the original Broadway cast  |  WATCH

Bright Star Creators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell talk about their theatrical and music collaboration with Jeffrey Brown (PBS News Hour)  |  WATCH

Want to know more about the real-life event that inspired the plot of Bright Star?  |  READ


FST's Gompertz Theatre is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside of The Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

FST Guide to Parking

Looking for a place to park? FST patrons have several parking options to choose from. Watch the video above to see our parking guide and find where each parking option is located. 

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. Handicap parking is reserved for patrons with a handicap tag and is in the lot across from the Hegner Theatre Wing. If handicap parking is not available and you are dropping off a passenger, our lobby concierge would be happy to wait with them until you return. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

Drop Off Area for the Gompertz Theatre: along the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue