“Bright Star” reaped five Tony Awards nominations, including a bid for Best Musical. Nominated composers Steve Martin and Edie Brickell built on their Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You” with Martin also reaping a bid for his book. Inspired by a real event, this intimate tuner set in North Carolina tells the story of Alice Murphy, a literary editor, whose relationship with a returning World War II veteran awakens her longing for the child she lost.
On Sunday’s Tony Awards telecast, Martn and Brickell performed and then introduced Carmen Cusack, who contended for Best Actress for her portrayal of Alice, led the cast in rousing rendition of the show opener, “If You Knew My Story.”
“Bright Star” lost all five of its bids but it was in good company as all but one of the new musicals in contention was shut out. “Hamilton,” which won a near-record 11 Tony Awards. The only races it lost that it contended in were Best Actress — that went to Cynthia Erivo, star of “The Color Purple,” which also won Best Revival — and Scenic Design, which was won by David Rockwell for the revival of “She Loves Me.”